FIGHT! Rankings: Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale
(Jardine ponders the complexities of losing a fight but climbing in the rankings.)
At FIGHT! Magazine, we believe there is a need for a completely objective and unbiased ranking system for fighters to replace the myriad 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.
There is one instance in which a fighter can win a bout but drop in the rankings and that is when he defeats a lower-ranked fighter by majority or split decision. It happened last week after Noons vs. Heun at Strikeforce: Live, and it happened last night to Matt Hamill. “The Hammer” came in to the fight as the #14-ranked Light Heavyweight and left the Octagon at #17 after defeating Keith Jardine. Because Hamill benefited from his DQ win over Jon Jones, it will likely take one more fight, win or lose, for him to settle into a truly accurate spot at 205. “The Dean of Mean” improved his standing from #34 to #24, but that still might not save his contract from the UFC chopping block after four straight losses.
Chris Leben did himself a huge favor by violently stopping Aaron Simpson’s ascent. Leben moves from #50 to #27 in our Middleweight Rankings with the KO win, while Simpson falls from #23 to #47. After notching their third qualifying fights, Kyle Noke enters our 185-pound rankings at #55 and Seth Baczynski is now the 97th-ranked middleweight.
In 155-pound action, Dennis Siver climbs from #40 to #21 in our Lightweight Rankings with his win over Spencer Fisher, who drops from #23 to #43. John Gunderson moves from #101 to #72 in our Lightweight Rankings with his win over Mark Holst. No other ranked fighters appeared on the card.