Dana White Justifies Use of UFC Fighter Rankings

Written by Tom Ngo
August 20th, 2014

UFC Dana White

Most hardcore MMA fans know the UFC Fighter Rankings mean next to nothing when it comes to arranging scraps, particularly championship bouts, because star power, luck, timing and injuries tend to pull more weight than what the pecking order says.

We’ve seen countless guys not ranked #1 in their respective division score a title fight. Oh, and let’s not even talk about why the champion is ranked as “Champion” instead of #1, while the top contender is ranked #1 instead of #2…

Also, the UFC can choose to leave an athlete off the eligible list of fighters the media can vote on because they are “inactive” (Please see: Nate Diaz), while leaving other inactive fighters on there that haven’t competed in three years (Please see: Dominick Cruz).

Anyway, UFC president Dana White (pictured) now sees value in the subjective rankings they started utilizing in February 2013. White says it’s more for the casual fans who stumble across a UFC event on FOX.

“I like it,” White said over the weekend. “I wasn’t crazy about it in the beginning. I love it now.

“[It’s for] people who are just casually tuning in to FOX. Say you flip through the television, there are 57,000 college football games on, and you see #2 vs. #3. You’re like, ‘This must be a pretty important game. This is #2 and #3.’ So, even if you’re uneducated about it, everyone understands what that means.”

I guess that makes sense. With the UFC flooding the FOX market with so many meaningless fights, they need something to help draw more interest.

However, for the pay-per-view purchasers, Demetrious Johnson defends his flyweight title against Chris Cariaso, who is currently ranked #8 in the division, at UFC 178. Get your PPV dollars ready!

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