Bloody Elbow June 2013 Meta-Rankings: Light Heavyweight

Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Thiago Silva is nearly back in the discussion of light heavyweight contenders after his big win.

Our sources are cited at the bottom of this post.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jon Jones 250 UFC 1
2 Lyoto Machida 240 UFC 2
3 Alexander Gustafsson 221 UFC 4
4 Rashad Evans 219 UFC 5
5 Dan Henderson 207 UFC 3
6 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 197 UFC 6
7 Glover Teixeira 191 UFC 7
8 Phil Davis 179 UFC 9
9 Mauricio Rua 176 UFC 8
10 Ryan Bader 145 UFC 10
11 Gegard Mousasi 108 UFC 11
12 Quinton Jackson 84 Bellator 12
13 Thiago Silva 75 UFC 22
14 James Te Huna 69 UFC 13
15 Chael Sonnen 67 UFC 14
15 Anthony Johnson 67 WSOF 20
17 Wanderlei Silva 66 UFC 15
18 Attila Vegh 63 Bellator 16
18 Ryan Jimmo 63 UFC 23
20 Emanuel Newton 61 Bellator 16
21 Muhammed Lawal 59 Bellator 19
22 Rafael Cavalcante 57 UFC 18
23 Matt Hamill 55 UFC 21
24 Jimi Manuwa 51 UFC 24
24 Mike Kyle 51 Championship Fighting Alliance 27

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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