Posted by Jackelope
More important than losing- who would earn the right to jump above him? Statistically you should say if Werdum beats him Werdum takes the number one spot. Do you think that would happen? Hell no. Ranking systems are B.S. and this is a perfect example why.
Werdum would deservedly jump ahead of him. I find it awkward to ever rank higher a fighter against somebody they lost to in their last fight, and the same would be for even Fedor Emelianenko. A good, relatively recent example of this occuring was when Paulo Thiago springboarded up the rankings after defeating a top-five Koscheck, who a fight later was put back ahead of Paulo Thiago by most rankers. Gonzaga got some giant rankings jumps after defeating a #2 or #3 CroCop. The best example was the moment in time that Serra sat atop the welterweight rankings but was soundly dethroned after GSP defeated Kos and Hughes. Generally top fighters, especially with the longevity of Fedor, aren't matched up against fighters that are outside the top seven or eight (and when they are, they do not lose), so it's hard to deal with the potential aftermath of a loss to a mid-tier fighter.
Because it would be Werdum, Fedor would probably drop more spots than if he had lost to Rogers, who was coming off a win over a fighter that, at the time, was floating around the top five heavyweights or if he one day loses to Brock Lesnar, who is a consensus top three.
Rankings are difficult to formulate, but I personally find it contrary in nature to have at #1 a fighter that recently lost.
I find it funny that this is the only division where the UFC can not decide who is the bona fide top fighter in the world. In every other case, when there's a dispute at the top, they can solve it by throwing together a fight. Not here, though.
(Fedor's going to beat Werdum ugly.)