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 which takes into account a fighters strength of opponent, strength of performance, and frequency of activity. Last night’s fights had a surprising affect on the rankings so let’s see how things shook out after UFC UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velaszquez.
Cain Velasquez smashed Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the main event of the evening, moving from #3 to #2 in FIGHT!’s Heavyweight Rankings and swapping spots with current UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. This is likely due to the fact that Velasquez has been more active recently and has dominant wins over high-ranking fighters since Lesnar last fought. Nogueira dropped from #5 to #12 with the knockout loss.
George Sotiropolous catapulted himself into title contention talks with his dominant win over Joe “Daddy” Stevenson, moving from #14 to #3 in our Lightweight Rankings. Stevenson dropped from #3 to #21.
In the co-main event, Wanderlei Silva scored a decision win over Michael Bisping, jumping from #20 to #10 while Bisping dropped from #16 to #39 at Middleweight. Ryan Bader improved his standing at Light Heavyweight with a KO of Keith Jardine, moving from #18 to #14. Jardine dropped from #25 to #37. Mirko “Cro Cop” could do little to improve his standing at Heavyweight (#28) with a win over unheralded and unranked Anthony Perosh.
On the preliminary card, C.B. Dollaway jumped from #52 to #27 in our Middleweight Rankings with his win over unranked Goran Reljic. Stephan Bonnar slipped from #31 to #44 with his loss to Krzystof Soszynski, who jumped from #32 to #20 in the Light Heavyweight Rankings. Veteran welterweight Chris Lytle got a nudge from #20 to #19 with his kneebar finish of Brian Foster, who dropped just one spot, from #62 to #63 with the loss. In the first fight of the evening, neither James Te Huna nor Igor Pokrajac had enough qualifying fights to be ranked at this time.
FIGHT! Fans: What do you think? Is our computer crazy?