Teaming with FightMetric, first set of official UFC rankings is up

After much discussion and controversy over rankings, the UFC recently decided to team with FightMetric and provide their own set of official rankings. The rankings are voted upon by members of the sports media, and are available for voting directly after each live fight event. The results are then set to be posted on within the next 24 hours. This is a revolutionary idea that could squash some of the debate, but fans and media alike will always have their own beliefs about the rankings. Dana White was on hand to state the following:

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. 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.”

The fact that the rankings are so quickly compiled and posted will indeed serve to better inform all fans of the ultra fast-paced UFC world. Here is a listing, by weight class, of the very first initial set of rankings. Check them out and see what you think:

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

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

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

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

Champion : Benson Henderson
1 Gilbert Melendez
2 Anthony Pettis
3 Gray Maynard
4 Nate Diaz
5 Jim Miller
6 Donald Cerrone
7 TJ Grant
8 Rafael Dos Anjos
9 Joe Lauzon
10 Habib Nurmagomedov“>KHabib Nurmagomedov

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

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

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


  1. Avatar of mmauk


    February 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Let the bitching begin

  2. Avatar of NCapone


    February 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    1. How is Edgar #9 on p4p coming off 3 losses in a row (close or not they are still losses)
    2. If Edgar is #9 p4p How is he only #4 featherweight?

  3. Avatar of Brian Cox

    Brian Cox

    February 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    At least it answers some questions @ 185 as to who is number one and number two. I'm a little shocked to see Bisping still as three. I think by the end of the year he's more apt to be ranked somewhere around 7 or lower.

    And why isn't Sonnen listed @ either 185 or the 205?

    P4P – I'd list Jones over Silva. I don't know that either Edgar or Henderson make my list, anymore. Edgar, because he failed to beat Aldo and now, has three straight losses in title fights. And Henderson, because he's just not busy enough. It would have been nice if they'd held off until he and Machida fought and then, we could have taken the winner of that and placed him on the list.

    All in all and fan debates aside, I think the rankings list is a good idea and should, hopefully, keep White & Silva in-line when pointing together fights. Legitimacy before entertainment, as Entity might put it.

  4. Avatar of highkick12


    February 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    If these rankings have any value than the good news is Anderson has only embarrassed 2 of the guys on the Middleweight list so theres still plenty of fights for him at 185.

  5. Avatar of highkick12


    February 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    How is Chael Sonnen not at the top of both Middleweight AND Light Heavyweight??

  6. Avatar of Evan Holober

    Evan Holober

    February 5, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Don't really see how people are keeping Jones above Aldo and GSP after his last two performances. Was close to getting subbed in the first by a 185er, and had a sparring match with Rashad Evans.

    I understand what he did before was great, but if were going by any type of longevity Aldo and GSP should be ahead of Jones.

  7. Avatar of Bryan Fontez

    Bryan Fontez

    February 5, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    It seems that they've ranked fighters based strictly on cold hard concrete facts and recent wins, ignoring ability, potential, skill set or record.

    Which is the difference between me ranking Rashad well above Nogueira in my 205 list and them ranking Rashad below Nogueira in their 205 list.

    The difference is that I know Rashad Evans is better and would have defeated Nogueira 10 out of 10 times if he was focused and trained properly. So this list doesn't seem to take any woulda, coulda, shoulda's into account.

    Which is fair and makes sense. But is also weird seeing a lot of fighters ranked soo high, such as…

    - Werdum
    - Nogueira
    - Hendo
    - Melendez

    • Avatar of Bryan Fontez

      Bryan Fontez

      February 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      Chad Mendes as well. Great fighter but I have no clue why he's ranked #1. You would think that someone who got finished quick would be well below someone who went the distance like Frankie Edgar.

      I'm definitely not agreeing with a lot of these.

    • Avatar of Brian Cox

      Brian Cox

      February 6, 2013 at 12:56 am

      @ Bryan

      Wax me this, exactly why is Anderson #1?

      We all know he's talented and all, but given his frequency rate of fighting and some-of-the-less-than-noteworthy or legitimate challengers which populate his win list, I really don't see why he should be ranked #1. Particularly, when you factor in that Jones, IMO, beats Silva in a fight and even more so, when you consider that Jones seems to be willing to fight Silva, but Silva seems reticent to fight JJ.

      Where's all that math in the P4P listing's calculus?

  8. Avatar of Bryan Fontez

    Bryan Fontez

    February 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    My biggest question is…

    Why in the HELL is Melendez ranked #1 at Lightweight?? Who the hell has he fought that was ranked in the top 20?

    • Avatar of Evan Holober

      Evan Holober

      February 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Aoki, Kawajiri, Masvidal, and Ishida. He's been ranked in the top five for over 4 years.

      • Avatar of DKMcGrath


        February 5, 2013 at 3:45 pm

        who???Ohhh other very talented fighters who havent fought any top ten fighters….yeah Melendez is getting alot of credit that alot of fighters,fans don't believe hes earned.

      • Avatar of Bryan Fontez

        Bryan Fontez

        February 5, 2013 at 4:03 pm

        I was exaggerating to emphasize the point. None of those fights should put a fighter in the top 10 of the lightweight division.

        If you think that Melendez being ranked #1 is justified and makes logical sense… Well then I simply can't have an intelligent conversation with you.

        With that said… Please tell me you agree.

        • Avatar of Evan Holober

          Evan Holober

          February 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm

          And if you think a fighter should lose ranking because of inablitiy to fight top tier guys after fighting the #2 and top 5 fighters back to back, then logic is not even in the realm of possibility, IMO.

          So yes, we wouldn't be able to agree or disagree on anything.

          • Avatar of Bryan Fontez

            Bryan Fontez

            February 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm

            When in the hell did Melendez fight Anyone in the top 10? I'm dead serious… Name me one person.

            When you find yourself unable to provide me with an answer, also tell me how someone can be ranked in the top 10 without fighting anyone in the top 10.

            I just beat up 37 retarded ppl who weighed exactly 185lbs each… Does that mean I'm now a top 10 middleweight?

          • Avatar of Evan Holober

            Evan Holober

            February 6, 2013 at 12:56 am

            Dude, are you doing a bit right now? I mean, did you miss 2010-2011 when Melendez beat Aoki and Kawajiri back to back (when Aoki was universally #2 in MMA, and Kawajiri was anywhere from 4-9).

            I must be missing the punch line.

  9. Avatar of UnderdogGreatness


    February 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Those lists are almost spot on. The only corrections I would make are both in P4P list. I'd put Georges at number 4 behind Aldo (3). Also, I'd replace Edgar with JDS.

  10. Avatar of cranestyle


    February 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    There seems to be an inconsistency in terms of how active a fighter is. You can put Jones ahead of GSP in terms of the last year or so, because he's been more active, but then he should also be ahead of Anderson.

    Beating Lyoto, Rashad, Rampage, Belfort and Rua is more impressive than beating Sonnen, Bonnar and Okami in that same time period.

  11. Avatar of mindkontrolle


    February 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Benson 5th???? WTF.

  12. Avatar of ripstic5021


    February 5, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Alright it's about time I set all you degenerate idiots straight. I was hoping there would be an article posted about fighter salaries and bonuses from the last UFC event so I could post this rant there but fuck it here it goes.

    First off let me state that I was a boxing fan long before MMA and I appreciate a technical bout as much as anyone. But when I look at the Jose Aldo vs Frank Edgar matchup that just happened and notice the size difference of the 2 fighters at 145; then yet again in a technical bout featuring Franky Edgar we have a close decision that fans widely regard could of easily went either way. I am pretty sick of this happening especially in title fights. The problem is not with a technical bout the problem is with the judging I don't think any one really knows how judges think or what they specifically are looking for out of a fighter to be 'winning' a fight.

    I think one way to promote better competetion and hopefully more decisive fights is to combine the 145lb and 135lb divisions together into a 140 lb weight class. This will help stack the 125 lb, 140 lb and 155 lb divisions in UFC, at this point I believe it's a must.

    Think about the 170 lb division and the amazing top 10 list of fighters… That is impressive no doubt right? Now imagine that list split in half into a 165 lb and a 175 lb division. This will just water down the top fights, am I wrong?

    Bottom line is it's clear Jose Aldo should be fighting at lightweight and if not, a lot more lightweights should be fighting at 145.

  13. Avatar of KeithFarrell


    February 6, 2013 at 8:54 am

    This list is terrible compared to what it could have been, shame.

    Melendez so high in his lists and Frankie so low in his? Very stupid

  14. Avatar of Pride4Ever


    February 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    we all know chael is the p4p number 1

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