Bloody Elbow December 2013 Meta-Rankings: Light Heavyweight

Richard Wolowicz

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 4
5 Phil Davis 215 UFC 5
6 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 202 UFC 6
7 Dan Henderson 180 UFC 7
8 Chael Sonnen 178 UFC 8
9 Mauricio Rua 146 UFC 10
10 Gegard Mousasi 139 UFC 9
11 Ryan Bader 133 UFC 11
12 Quinton Jackson 95 Bellator 12
13 Thiago Silva 87 UFC 13
14 Jimi Manuwa 82 UFC 14
15 Wanderlei Silva 76 UFC 16
16 Emanuel Newton 75 Bellator 15
17 Attila Vegh 74 Bellator 19
18 Rafael Cavalcante 70 UFC 18
19 Anthony Johnson 63 WSOF 20
20 James Te Huna 59 UFC 16
21 Muhammed Lawal 50 Bellator 21
21 Ryan Jimmo 50 UFC 22
23 Jan Blachowicz 45 KSW 23
24 Vladimir Matyushenko 41 Bellator 24
25 Vitor Belfort 39 UFC 25

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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