Bloody Elbow December 2013 Meta-Rankings: Heavyweight

Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Where does the heavyweight division stand according to the experts?

Our sources are cited at the bottom of this post.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Cain Velasquez 250 UFC 1
2 Junior dos Santos 240 UFC 2
3 Fabricio Werdum 224 UFC 4
4 Daniel Cormier 203 UFC 3
5 Travis Browne 198 UFC 7
6 Josh Barnett 194 UFC 6
7 Antonio Silva 185 UFC 5
8 Alistair Overeem 158 UFC 9
9 Mark Hunt 158 UFC 10
10 Frank Mir 149 UFC 8
11 Stipe Miocic 131 UFC 11
12 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 106 UFC 12
13 Gabriel Gonzaga 98 UFC 13
14 Roy Nelson 85 UFC 15
15 Stefan Struve 83 UFC 14
16 Brendan Schaub 78 UFC 16
17 Cheick Kongo 66 Bellator 17
17 Vitaly Minakov 66 Bellator 18
19 Shawn Jordan 51 UFC 19
20 Ben Rothwell 50 UFC 20
21 Damian Grabowski 48 M-1 Mix-FC 23
22 Sergei Kharitonov 47 M-1 Mix-FC 21
23 Andrei Arlovski 43 Battle of Moscow 22
24 Todd Duffee 35 UFC 26
25 Matt Mitrione 32 UFC 23

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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