(In the Octagon and at the after parties, Florian is always hanging out near the top dogs.)
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. Let’s see how things shook out after Ultimate Fight Night 21 on Spike TV.
A win over Takanori Gomi didn’t help Kenny Florian at all in FIGHT!’s Lightweight Rankings and really, the loss didn’t hurt Gomi, either. Florian stayed put at #4 and Gomi is still at #42. Roy Nelson made a move toward the top 10 with his dominant win over Stefan Struve, jumping from #18 to #11 in FIGHT!’s Heavyweight Rankings. Struve, meanwhile, dropped from #17 to #30.
Nate Quarry and Jorge Rivera nearly flip-flopped, with Quarry dropping like a “Rock” from #16 to #38 in FIGHT!’s Middleweight Rankings. With the TKO win Rivera jumps from #41 to #18. TUF stud Ross Pearson enters the lightweight rankings at #17 while Dennis Siver drops from #20 to #41 with the loss. In other lightweight action, unranked Nik Lentz dumped Rob Emerson from #83 to #91, unranked Andre Winner knocked Rafaello Oliveira from #71 to #79. Gleison Tibau jumped from #29 to #14 with his quick finish of Caol Uno, who dropped from #37 to #55.
Former middleweight contender Yushin Okami stayed put at #19 with a win over unranked Lucio Linhares while Gerald Harris crept up from #54 to #42 with a win over unranked Mario Miranda. In other action, Jacob Volkmann climbed from #66 to #60 in FIGHT!’s Welterweight Rankings and unranked Charlie Brenneman made his UFC debut by knocking Jason High down a few pegs from #48 to #73.
FIGHT! Fans: What do you think?