(Amir Sadollah tags Brad Blackburn. Check out the full UFC Fight Night 20 gallery here.)
At FIGHT! Magazine, we believe there is a need for a completely objective and unbiased ranking system for fighters to replace the myriad of subjective rankings that have become skewed, in many instances, by fighter popularity. In an effort to address this issue FIGHT! Magazine brings you its computerized rankings system. Let’s take a look at how UFC Fight Night 20 shook up our rankings.
Compared to the tectonic shift that WEC 46 represented in the lightweight and featherweight rankings, UFC Fight Night 20 barely registers on the Richter scale. In the main event, Nate Diaz held on to his #20 lightweight ranking in a losing effort and Gray Maynard actually dropped two spots, from #8 to #10, with his split-decision victory.
Evan Dunham enters our lightweight rankings at #16 while the much-ballyhooed Efrain Escudero appears for the first time at #51. Amir Sadollah and Brad Blackburn traded places at #23 and #49, respectively. Sadollah cracks the top 25 at welterweight for the first time.
Aaron Simpson slid into the top 25 at 185 pounds, from #28 to #23 with his split decision over Tom Lawlor, who enters FIGHT!’s Middleweight Rankings at #35. The computer didn’t think much of Chris Leben’s win over Jay Silva as “The Crippler” dropped from #51 to #52. Silva does not have enough qualifying fights to be ranked. Rick Story enters the welterweight rankings at #34 with his victory over Jesse Lennox, who drops from #37 to #54. In other preliminary action Rafael Dos Anjos moves up nine spots in the lightweight rankings, from #54 to #45 while his opponent, Kyle Bradley, drops from #57 to #72. Thiago Tavares drops one spot, from #62 to #63, after his draw against unranked Nick Lentz.
Check out all of our rankings here and let us know what you think!