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UFC Fighter Rankings Released, and They Are COMPLETELY Wrong…

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
February 5th, 2013
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UFC Middleweight Anderson Silva

Let’s just start off by stating the UFC’s inaugural Fighter Rankings are completely wrong. Whose are correct? Yours! 

Over the weekend, the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion announced they would release a divisional pecking order for the first time in the company’s 20-year history (12 years under Zuffa, LLC’s watch).

The goal was to get 90 MMA media members from across the globe to create the SUBJECTIVE lists by voting for the top fighters currently under the UFC’s roster by weight class and pound-for-pound.

The rankings are clearly more for show than anything because UFC president Dana White can still arrange the scraps the fans want to see, regardless of what the media determined.

White already pulled the trump card with Tuesday’s Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis announcement.

Keyboard warriors went wild when they saw what reporters had rated their favorite fighters. As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, their rankings are wrong and, of course, yours are right…

I won’t bother examining the lists because they don’t really matter (Please see: Aldo vs. Pettis). The only issue I have is if division champs automatically take the top spot, the next guy should be rated as #2, not #1. It creates even more confusion.

For example, does Johny Hendricks say, ‘I’m the #1 welterweight in the world, but I’m really #2 because Georges St-Pierre is the top dog. He’s just not technically included on the list because he’s got the belt’?

Better yet, does GSP state, ‘I’m the game’s #1 welterweight, but I’m actually like #0. I have the hardware so I’m excluded from the rankings’?

As expected, UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva sits atop the 185-pound and pound-for-pound lists.

Here are the first UFC Fighter Rankings (Enjoy, or get enraged):

Pound-for-Pound:
1 Anderson Silva
2 Jon Jones
3 Georges St. Pierre
4 Jose Aldo
5 Benson Henderson
6 Cain Velasquez
7 Dominick Cruz
8 Demetrious Johnson
9 Frankie Edgar
10 Dan Henderson

Flyweight
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1 Joseph Benavidez
2 John Dodson
3 Ian McCall
4 John Moraga
5 Jussier da Silva
6 Louis Gaudinot
7 Chris Cariaso
8 John Lineker
9 Darren Uyenoyama
10 Ulysses Gomez

Bantamweight
Champion: Dominick Cruz
1 Renan Barao (Interim Champion)
2 Michael McDonald
3 Urijah Faber
4 Eddie Wineland
5 Brad Pickett
6 Brian Bowles
7 Raphael Assuncao
8 Scott Jorgensen
9 Mike Easton
10 Ivan Menjivar

Featherweight
Champion: Jose Aldo
1 Chad Mendes
2 Ricardo Lamas
3 Chan Sung Jung
4 Frankie Edgar
5 Dennis Siver
6 Cub Swanson
7 Dustin Poirier
8 Nik Lentz
9 Erik Koch
10 Clay Guida

Lightweight
Champion: Ben Henderson
1 Gilbert Melendez
2 Anthony Pettis
3 Gray Maynard
4 Nate Diaz
5 Jim Miller
6 Donald Cerrone
7 T.J. Grant
8 Rafael dos Anjos
9 Joe Lauzon
10 Khabib Nurmagomedov

Welterweight
Champion: Georges St. Pierre
1 Johny Hendricks
2 Carlos Condit
3 Nick Diaz
4 Rory MacDonald
5 Demian Maia
6 Jake Ellenberger
7 Martin Kampmann
8 Josh Koscheck
9 Jon Fitch
10 Tarec Saffiedine

Middleweight
Champion: Anderson Silva
1 Chris Weidman
2 Vitor Belfort
3 Michael Bisping
4 Yushin Okami
5 Mark Munoz
6 Constantinos Philippou
7 Luke Rockhold
8 Hector Lombard
9 Alan Belcher
10 Tim Boetsch

Light Heavyweight
Champion: Jon Jones
1 Dan Henderson
2 Lyoto Machida
3 Alexander Gustafsson
4 Glover Teixeira
5 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
6 Rashad Evans
7 Mauricio Rua
8 Phil Davis
9 Ryan Bader
10 Gegard Mousasi

Heavyweight
Champion: Cain Velasquez
1 Junior dos Santos
2 Fabricio Werdum
3 Daniel Cormier
4 Antonio Silva
5 Frank Mir
6 Alistair Overeem
7 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
8 Roy Nelson
9 Stefan Struve
10 Shane Carwin

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