USAT/SBN May 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Light Heavyweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank 1 Mauricio Rua 375 UFC 2 2 Lyoto Machida 358 UFC 1 3 Rashad Evans 340 UFC 3…

By: Nate Wilcox | 13 years ago
USAT/SBN May 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Light Heavyweight
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Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Mauricio Rua 375 UFC 2
2 Lyoto Machida 358 UFC 1
3 Rashad Evans 340 UFC 3
4 Quinton Jackson 327 UFC 4
5 Anderson Silva 316 UFC 6
6 Forrest Griffin 292 UFC 5
7 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 284 UFC 7
8 Muhammed Lawal 257 Strikeforce 8
9 Thiago Silva 202 UFC 10
10 Gegard Mousasi 191 Strikeforce 9
11 Dan Henderson 171 Strikeforce 14
12 Jon Jones 163 UFC 11
13 Rich Franklin 153 UFC 12
14 Randy Couture 141 UFC 13
15 Luis Arthur Cane 123 UFC 15
16 Vitor Belfort 116 UFC 19
17 Ryan Bader 104 UFC 16
18 Keith Jardine 99 UFC 17
19 Chuck Liddell 94 UFC 18
20 Renato Sobral 84 Strikeforce 20
21 Brandon Vera 80 UFC 21
22 Tito Ortiz 59 UFC 22
23 Matt Hamill 56 UFC 22
24 Vladimir Matyushenko 51 UFC 25
25 Paulo Filho 49 DREAM 24

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

The king is dead. Long live the king. #1 Mauricio “Shogun” Rua definitively established himself as the new king of the division with his first round finish of #2 Lyoto Machida to take the UFC 205lb title.

This weekend’s UFC 114 headliner between #3 Rashad Evans and #4 Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will determine who will be the first challenger to Rua’s title. The loser will likely plunge out of title contention for the foreseeable future.

No word on when or if #5 Anderson Silva will move up to make a run at the title but now that his dear friend Lyoto Machida no longer holds the title, it would seem that the UFC middleweight champ has a clear path to contend for another belt. Kevin Iole told Zak Woods that based on his conversations with Dana White, he expects Silva to have to win at least one fight against a top contender before he gets to challenge for the belt at light heavyweight.

#6 Forrest Griffin had to bow out of his UFC 114 bout with #7 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Griffin is getting shoulder surgery and likely will return in the fall. Nogueira will instead face the unranked but formidable Jason Brilz. After Little Nog’s utter demolition of #15 Luis Arthur Cane, fans will be clamoring for a rematch against Rua if he does anything comparable to Brilz.

#10 Gegard Mousasi is expected to fight in the DREAM light heavyweight tournament. He hopes to rematch #8 Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in Japan on New Year’s Eve if he wins.

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.

Let’s take Anderson Silva for instance. 87% (13 of 15) of our panelists have him at Light Heavyweight and 100% (15 of 15) at Middleweight. On the 13 ballots that ranked Silva at 205, we took the average (21.2). We then reduced that number by half the percentage of Light Heavyweight ballots that he was not included on. Say he’s not on 30% of them, then we do a 15% penalty on the average that we found in the previous step. That number is then used instead of the usual “normalization number” to provide points from those not ranking the fighter in the weight class in question. This avoids fighters being excessively penalized by confusion about which weight class they belong.

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