|9||Antonio Rogerio Nogueira||53||UFC||9|
|22||Trevor Prangley||15||Shark Fight||22|
Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.
#1 Mauricio "Shogun" Rua is still on the shelf recovering from his third knee surgery in four years. But faithful #2 Rashad Evans is content to wait until UFC 128 for his title shot.
#3 Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will battle #8 Thiago Silva at UFC 130. The winner will be in sniffing distance of a title shot.
Meanwhile #4 Lyoto Machida, the man who Rampage said beat him at UFC 123, is in a "must win" fight against #15 Randy Couture at UFC 129.
#5 Ryan Bader and #7 Jon Jones will face off in an epic clash of rising young stars at UFC 126. The winner will be hard to keep out of title contention.
#6 Forrest Griffin and #11 Rich Franklin will throw down on the same card. The winner might have to face the winner of Bader/Jones to get a title shot.
#9 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will get the chance to send Tito Ortiz packing at UFC Fight Night 24 in March.
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 Consensus Rankings.
We are now moving to what JCS of Fight Matrix has described as assumed rankings in an attempt to rank fighters who move between weight classes. This has been the biggest problem with the consensus rankings and we believe this new methodology will rectify that.