Bloody Elbow August 2013 Meta-Rankings: Light Heavyweight

Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Davis jumps to third on the strength of a questionable decision victory.

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 226 UFC 3
3 Phil Davis 225 UFC 8
4 Rashad Evans 222 UFC 4
5 Lyoto Machida 196 UFC 2
6 Dan Henderson 195 UFC 5
6 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 195 UFC 6
8 Glover Teixeira 187 UFC 7
9 Chael Sonnen 152 UFC 14
10 Ryan Bader 129 UFC 10
11 Mauricio Rua 127 UFC 9
12 Gegard Mousasi 113 UFC 11
13 Quinton Jackson 84 Bellator 12
14 Thiago Silva 76 UFC 13
15 Wanderlei Silva 69 UFC 15
16 James Te Huna 67 UFC 17
17 Anthony Johnson 66 WSOF 15
18 Attila Vegh 61 Bellator 18
19 Muhammed Lawal 60 Bellator 22
20 Emanuel Newton 59 Bellator 19
21 Rafael Cavalcante 58 UFC 21
22 Ryan Jimmo 55 UFC 20
23 Vitor Belfort 51 UFC NR
24 Matt Hamill 50 UFC 23
25 Jimi Manuwa 44 UFC 24

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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