This is a fair and unbiased system to rank fighters.
Unless all of these factors are taken into consideration, voting for
rankings becomes, more or less, a popularity contest.

These Rankings are based on a scientific system that regards (but is
not limited to
), the following criteria:

1. Recent Performance
(...within a 3 year period. But entire record is also taken into
consideration. It depends on how it effects recent performance. How
fights end are also important...KO, TKO, SUB, DEC, a DRAW (
The effect of a DRAW depends on how the fight went and if most pundits considered it a DRAW...or, if it was considered by most to have been a close, controversial decision. *See NOTE below), etc., etc.
Domination of opponent, referee's actions, judges bias...all are taken into consideration as well.)

*Note on DRAWS - It all depends on how close a fight it was, and what everyone felt about it. If it was obviously a bad call by the judges, then you would have to factor that in. It all depends. A DRAW does not guarantee that one fighter didn't dominate.

2. Opponent's Record
(The quality of opposition is always taken into consideration.
Who-beat-Who is important in determining this factor. Records of
opponents are carefully researched.

3. Experience
(If a fighter has a record with 20 or more wins, then, depending on
the quality of opposition, he would be regarded above a fighter with
10 or less wins, if quality of opposition is equal to. But other
factors, such as results and performance of said wins, are also
considered. If a fighter has only 4 or 5 wins, and is unranked, but
just totally dominated a TOP TEN contender, then he might be ranked
above someone with much more experience. All factors must be considered.

4. Skill Level
(The skill level and talent of each fighter is considered only if said
fighter has a record of facing quality opposition. Obviously if he has
the skill level of a BJ Penn yet has only faced guys with records of
2-14, or 10-24-9, then considering his skill level makes little sense.

Every fighter is ranked according to their accomplishments - who they beat, how they win, recent activity (last 3 years is most significant), and are placed in their position of rank as they beat the fighters ranked/listed above them...or, they move up because the fighters above them are moved down due to: inactivity, moved to another weight class or, because they lost to an unranked/unlisted fighter.
If a fighter, who's listed under the TOP TEN, loses to an unlisted fighter it's possible for him to be removed from the list.

They are ranked (placed) best we can rank them. We research every fighter's record, and they are placed according to who-beat-who...and their records carefully dissected to determine if any other opponent deserves to be placed just above or just below them. We look at recent losses, # of losses, how they lost, and even controversial losses. And we make sure their losses were to opponents of the same weight class.
Some ranking sites base all this upon a point system...which really makes no sense. As a point system must be done thru a computer, and takes away human reasoning, common sense, and detailed analysis...which we just showed are all essential to a proper, unbiased, and fair ranking system.

NOTE: All fighters listed below the Top-Ten are not really ranked (which is why we do not put a number by their name). It's a list of the best prospects and top fighters, who are not in the Top-Ten or, Unranked. Only the Top-Ten contenders are really ranked.

See also:


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Current MMA Weight Classes

Super Heavyweight: Over 265lbs

Heavyweight: 205-265lbs

Light Heavyweight: 185-205lbs

Middleweight: 170-185lbs

Welterweight: 155-170lbs

Lightweight: 145-155lbs

Featherweight: 135-145lbs

Bantamweight: 125-135lbs

Flyweight: 120-125lbs

Pinweight: 115-120lbs

Strawweight: 105-115lbs

Atomweight 105lbs & Under

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© Shane McFarland 2009