We've been waiting for what seems like forever now, but The Sporting News still refuses to publish a set of rankings for the sport of mixed martial arts, or to even cover it adequately. So the three MMA bloggers on SN decided collectively that we would put together our own set of rankings (we could do a better job anyway). What follows is a preview of the 3 part first edition of our rankings. I would like to thank wilcoxon and ModMind for being such great fans and such great people to work with.
There is a weighted order to the criteria as well; meaning that the last 2 years are the most relevant while finishing fights has a little influence but is not of major importance to these rankings. These rankings are to try and capture a snapshot in time of standings and are not intended to determine the Greatest of All Time. But the criteria were not solid, concrete ways that we had to view and rank the fighters. That was left up to each individual.
-Recent History/last 2 years – record and competition level
-Legacy/Career history – record and competition level
system After originally starting out with another concept, we decided to use a points system to rank the fighters.
-10 points for a first-place vote
-9 points for a second-place vote, etc
-0 points if a fighter is not ranked on a list
The blog will be posted in 3 parts on the 3 different blogs.
-ohiostate1016 will post the heavyweight and light heavyweight rankings
-wilxcoxon will post the featherweight and lightweight rankings
-ModMind will post the welterweight and middleweight rankings HEAVYWEIGHT AND LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT MIDDLEWEIGHT AND WELTERWEIGHT LIGHTWEIGHT AND FEATHERWEIGHT