Posted by Kpro
Most people do their rankings on the site based on recent performances since it would be impossible to compile a Top 10 based on H2H matchups because of stylistic differences.
JZ's loss to Aoki may put him below Florian on most peoples lists but that doesn't mean those same people think Florian would win, even if they have him ranked higher.
A valid point. However I think that along with recent performance, some prognostication about how the fighter would match up with other fighters one considers at his level needs to be taken into consideration. For example, Hendo has lost his last two fights and Cote has looked good his last couple of fights. Regardless of that, you would have to be pretty flakey to rank Cote higher. A similar problem is that of Werdum and Fedor. Werdum has looked good, and Fedor has hardly been seen at all. Regardless, to rank Werdum higher you'd have to be blind to the fact that Fedor is the better fighter.
I believe it best to take a mixed approach of recent performance and common sense/fighter evaluation when ranking. There should definitely be limits of inactivity, but barring that who you think is the better fighter has to come in to play.
I also see what you are saying about not being able to base anything on how you'd see a H2H going. But if we are to allow records to count for anything, being that records are just a series of H2H matchups, then it follows that we could use our judgement regarding future H2H.