UFC Summons MMA Media to Create Fighter Rankings

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
January 31st, 2013
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UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva

FightMetric, the official number crunchers for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, will look to enhance fan experience by providing UFC Fighter Rankings. Ninety mixed martial arts media members from across the globe will be polled to create a pecking order for each division.

Voting will be open to media immediately after each live event, with results made available on UFC.com within 24 hours.

“UFC Fighter Rankings are a great tool for new and existing fans alike to learn and better keep up with the fast pace of the UFC,” said UFC president Dana White. “We always look for opportunities to engage fans and media, allowing them to connect and voice their opinions, and this just one more way of doing that.”

Media members will vote for the top fighters currently under the UFC’s roster by weight class and pound-for-pound. A fighter can only appear in one division at a time.

The champion and interim champ of each division are set in the first and second positions, respectively, and are not eligible for voting. However, title holders can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings. Media voting is by invitation only.

Here’s the caveat, White said following Thursday’s “UFC 156 Ultimate Media Day” that regardless of what the rankings read, he can still trump the pecking order and arrange the scraps the fans want to see.

(Pictured: UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva, who will likely sit atop 185-pound and pound-for-pound lists)

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