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Bloody Elbow June 2008 Meta-Rankings: Heavyweight

Fighter Points Promotion
1. Fedor Emelianenko 186 Affliction
2. Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera 180 UFC
3. Randy Couture 154 ***
4. Josh Barnett 115 Affliction/WVR
5. Tim Sylvia 111 Affliction/Adrenaline
6. Andrei Arlovski 109 Affliction
7. Fabricio Werdum 93 UFC
8. Gabriel Gonzaga 47 UFC
9. Mirko Filipovic 36 DREAM
10. Ben Rothwell 24 Affliction/Adrenaline
11. Aleksander Emelianenko 10 Affliction
12. Heath Herring 9 UFC
13. Frank Mir
14. Cheick Kongo 5 UFC
15. Jake O'Brien
16. Brandon Vera
16. Tengiz Tedoradze
4 Cage Rage/Ultimate Force

Presenting the relaunch of the Bloody Elbow Meta-Rankings. We took a couple of months off and retooled our approach to include more sources. We also eliminated the weighting we were doing to favor statistical and fan-voting sites.

This is a purer and simpler Meta-Rankings, and we believe the most accurate rankings anywhere on the web.

Based on the premise that opinions are like assholes, everybody has one and they all stink. instead of putting up our own subjective fighter rankings, we compile and average the rankings of every source we could find online.

The goal is to show how the MMA community rates the fighters, not to bore you with our opinions.

We'll be rolling out the rest of the June rankings over the next week or so and will be back next month with the next round.

Be sure and look at the points, they're a much more telling number than the ranking. There's clearly a huge gulf between the top seven fighters and those that follow. And clearly, only a handful of sites consider Frank Mir a top 10 contender.

Note that we only include fighters who made the top ten of one of our source sites. That creates some obvious distortions at the bottom of our rankings -- Tengiz Tedoradze for example is not even considered a top 30 by most sources, but somebody out there considers him a top 10 heavyweight. Full list of sources in the extended entry.

Note that there are a maximum of 200 points possible. So Fedor has 186/200 and Tengiz has 4/200. Helps put things in perspective.

We averaged the following heavyweight top 10 rankings: Wamma, MMA Fighting, MMA-ELO, MMA Ranks, Full Contact Fighter, TAGG Radio, 411 Mania, MMA Weekly, Sherdog, Cage Potato, MMA Madness, MMA on Tap, Five Ounces of Pain, FightMatrix, MMA Playground, HD Net/Inside MMA, MMA-ValeTudo Japan, Brawl Sports, Total MMA, Fighters Magazine.

The following sources were checked but were not current enough for inclusion: MMA News, InsideFighting, World Fight.

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