Bloody Elbow November 2013 Meta-Rankings: Light Heavyweight

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

Where does the light heavyweight division stand according to the experts?

Our sources are cited at the bottom of this post.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jon Jones 250 UFC 1
2 Alexander Gustafsson 235 UFC 2
3 Rashad Evans 226 UFC 3
4 Glover Teixeira 218 UFC 5
5 Phil Davis 215 UFC 4
6 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 203 UFC 6
7 Dan Henderson 183 UFC 7
8 Chael Sonnen 179 UFC 8
9 Gegard Mousasi 141 UFC 9
10 Mauricio Rua 128 UFC 10
11 Ryan Bader 125 UFC 12
12 Quinton Jackson 96 Bellator 13
13 Thiago Silva 87 UFC 14
14 Jimi Manuwa 78 UFC 20
15 Emanuel Newton 77 Bellator 16
16 Wanderlei Silva 72 UFC 15
16 James Te Huna 72 UFC 16
18 Rafael Cavalcante 70 UFC 24
19 Attila Vegh 66 Bellator 18
20 Anthony Johnson 63 WSOF 19
21 Muhammed Lawal 48 Bellator 21
22 Ryan Jimmo 47 UFC 23
23 Jan Blachowicz 42 KSW 25
24 Vladimir Matyushenko 39 Bellator 26
25 Lyoto Machida 38 UFC 11
25 Vitor Belfort 38 UFC 22

Based on the premise that all MMA rankings are subjective but that it’s still useful and informative to know who the online MMA community as a whole ranks as the best fighters in MMA, we collect and average the rankings of the top MMA websites to produce our consensus rankings. We compile the top MMA rankings from each of our sources and award 25 points for a first place ranking, 16 for a 10th place ranking, 1 for a 25th place ranking. A formula is used to "normalize" the data so all fighters are awarded points from those lists that do not include a full 25 fighters. This formula ensures that each ranking site awards the same number of total points regardless of how many fighters they choose to rank. Each fighter’s total is divided by the number of possible points to determine their standing in the Meta-Rankings.

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