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Where did the MW and LHW rankings from UFC on Fox 2 come from?

Re watching the fights on Fox last night I couldn't help but wonder where the Middleweight and Light Heavyweight rankings that were shown in the broadcast came from. The reason why this is especially interesting to me is because Dana and the UFC have been adamant about not keeping any formal ranking system. 2uggww8_medium

Looking at the USA Today/SB Nation consensus rankings (as of 1/27/12):

1 Anderson Silva 400 UFC 1
2 Chael Sonnen 384 UFC 2
3 Yushin Okami 354 UFC 3
4 Mark Munoz 332 UFC 4
5 Vitor Belfort 310 UFC 5
6 Demian Maia 286 UFC 5
7 Michael Bisping 281 UFC 7
8 Luke Rockhold 263 Strikeforce* 9
9 Brian Stann 253 UFC 8
10 Nate Marquardt 204 BAMMA 10
11 Ronaldo Souza 200 Strikeforce 11
12 Hector Lombard 191 Bellator 12
13 Tim Kennedy 158 Strikeforce 14
14 Alan Belcher 139 UFC 13
15 Rousimar Palhares 124 UFC 18
16 Chris Leben 118 UFC 16
17 Wanderlei Silva 116 UFC 15
18 Mamed Khalidov 102 KSW 17
19 Robbie Lawler 102 Strikeforce 21
20 Jorge Santiago 98 UFC 19
21 Chris Weidman 85 UFC 19

The reason I went to 21 was to include Chris Weidman who Fox had ranked at #10. I also corrected the mistake with Luke Rockhold being labeled a UFC fighter.

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1 Jon Jones 400 UFC 1
2 Dan Henderson 377 UFC 2
3 Rashad Evans 362 UFC 3
4 Mauricio Rua 356 UFC 4
5 Quinton Jackson 338 UFC 5
6 Lyoto Machida 325 UFC 6
7 Phil Davis 286 UFC 7
8 Forrest Griffin 260 UFC 8
9 Alexander Gustafsson 216 UFC 13
10 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 207 UFC 10

Could this mean the UFC is collaborating with Fox to create a formal ranking system, or could this have been done by Fox unilaterally?

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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