BloodyElbow June 2008 Meta-Rankings: Light Heavyweight

Fighter Points Promotion 1. Quinton Jackson 208 UFC 2. Lyoto Machida 167 UFC 3. Chuck Liddell 163 UFC 4. Forrest Griffin 119 UFC 5.…

By: Nate Wilcox | 15 years ago
BloodyElbow June 2008 Meta-Rankings: Light Heavyweight
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Fighter Points Promotion
1. Quinton Jackson 208 UFC
2. Lyoto Machida 167 UFC
3. Chuck Liddell 163 UFC
4. Forrest Griffin 119 UFC
5. Mauricio Rua 112 UFC
6. Wanderlei Silva 107 UFC
7. Keith Jardine 58 UFC
8. Dan Henderson 50 UFC
9. Thiago Silva 43 UFC
10.Rashad Evans 42 UFC
11. Rameu Thierry Sokoudjou 39 UFC
12. Vladimir Matyushenko 14 IFL
13. Tito Ortiz 9 ???
14. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 8 Affliction
15. Stephan Bonnar 5 UFC
16. Renato Sobral 4 Affliction
17. Ricardo Arona 3 Unsigned
17. Travis Wiuff 3 WVR
19. Brian Stann 1 WEC

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

Because opinions are like assholes — everybody has one and they all stink — we don’t put up our own subjective fighter rankings, we compile and average the rankings of every source we could find online. The full list of sources is in the extended entry.

Note that the points are out of a possible 210.

Talk about domination, the UFC owns this weight class with all of the top ten most highly regarded fighters signed.

Affliction has two of these guys fighting on their July 19th card — Little Nog and Babalu. Unfortunately they have them fighting other people instead of each other. The news that Nogueria’s opponent, Tiger White, is out due to a diuretc bust with another promotion might free them up to put these two Brazilian legends in the ring against each other. The outlier of the month is clearly Brian Stann, ranked #10 by a single web site.

We retooled our approach to include more sources. We also eliminated the weighting we were doing to favor statistical and fan-voting sites.

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

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 — Brian Stann for example is not even considered a top 30 by most sources, but somebody out there considers him a top 10 light heavyweight.

We combined 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 and Figure Four Online — giving 10 points for a first place rank, 1 point for a tenth place ranking.

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

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Nate Wilcox
Nate Wilcox

Nate Wilcox is the founding editor of As such he has hired every editor and writer to work for the site. Wilcox’s writing for BE is known for its emphasis on MMA history, the evolution of fighting techniques and strong opinions. Wilcox developed the SBN MMA consensus rankings which were featured in USA Today from 2009 to 2011. Before founding BE, Wilcox was a political operative working for such figures as Senators John Kerry and Mark Warner and an early political blogger. He is the co-author of Netroots Rising, a history of the political blogosphere from 2003 to 2007. Wilcox also hosts the Let It Roll podcast on music history for the Pantheon Podcast Network.

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