A fighter’s ranking is determined by a diverse set of criteria detailed below:
– A fighter’s last 5 fights
– A fighter’s recent activity over the last 4 years of competition (2008-2011)
– The caliber of competition they are facing
– Their method of victory of their fights (decisions, knockouts, submissions, etc.)
– Overall skill level and progression of skills (declining or ascending)
– Fight performance, regardless of final outcome
How often are your rankings updated?
I try to update the rankings after each big event (UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator).
Does inactivity or suspension have any impact on a fighter’s ranking?
If a fighter has not fought in over 18 months they are eliminated from the rankings. Even if they have a fight booked, they will not be eligible for the rankings until they fight. If a fighter announces their retirement they are immediately removed from the rankings.
Fighters on suspension, not due to injury, are ineligible for the UFC rankings. Once their respective suspension ends, they will not be eligible for the UFC rankings until they fight again. All other rankings (MMA World, Prospects, p4p) do not account for fighter suspensions, and fighters are eligible to be ranked.
How do you rank fighters if they lose due to a controversial decision?
As mentioned above, I try to rank on actual fighter performance, rather solely on the outcome which many times are decided by judges or referees.
A few examples of controversial outcomes are the disqualification losses of Erick Silva’s fight against Carlo Prater and Jon Jones’ loss to Matt Hamill. Anyone who actually watched those fights, knows who should have won. I did not penalize Silva or Jones despite the losses now present on their records.
Controversial decisions are another story. A few memorable decisions over recent years (Sean Sherk vs. Evan Dunham, Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan, Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung, Mauricio Rua vs. Lyoto Machida, etc.) have drawn the ire of most mixed martial arts fans. There is a distinct difference between a close fight and a robbery. If a fight is close and could have gone either way, I will usually go by the judges’ decision. If it is a complete robbery though and nearly all other MMA websites and fans scored the fight for the losing fighter, I take that into account when factoring in the rankings.
Why not have Bellator-only or Strikeforce-only rankings?
Despite both promotions possessing solid talent rosters, there is simply not enough depth in most of their divisions to do a proper rankings.
How do the Prospects Rankings work?
For a fighter to be considered a prospect, they can never have participated in a UFC event, Strikeforce event, or Bellator tournament. Once they pass that first set of criteria there is really no other limitation than how they perform on the independent circuit.