These rankings followed UFC on FUEL 8, which I know was watched by everybody reading this right now.
Voting Panelists (61): Armando Alvarez (Miami Herald) ***** Kenai Andrews (MMA Crossfire) * Jeremy Botter (Houston Chronicle/Bleacher Report) David Brown (Cherokee Scout) * Tim Burke (Bloody Elbow) * Jeff Cain (MMAWeekly.com) Flavio Canto (Sensei SporTV) Steve Cofield (ESPN Radio) Jorge Corrêa (UOL (Brazil)) Davi Correia (Veja.com) ***** Mark Daniels (Boston Herald) Stephanie Daniels (Tapout Radio) * Gareth A Davies (Daily Telegraph UK) * Gene DeAngelo (WWUZ FM) * Dave Deibert (Post Media News) * Kevin Dodrill (Fisher Radio) * Bob Emanuel (Scripps Howard News Service) Heidi Fang (MMA Fight Corner) Paulo Favero (O Estado de S Paulo ) Steve Feitl (Asbury Park Press) Joe Fernandez (Chicago Sun-Times) Mario Filho (OSS TV) Ryan Frederick (InsideFights.com) Grant Gordon (Burbank Leader) Andreas Hale (FightNews) Chris Hall (Bloody Elbow) * Randy Harris (WTAN Sports) Brian Hemminger (MMAmania.com) ** Ana Hissa (Mundo da Luta ) Steve Jeffery (CFMU 93.3 FM) Mike Johnston (Sportsnet) Steve Juon (Wrestling Observer) Abe Kanan (The Abe Kanan Show SiriusXM) Case Keefer (Las Vegas Sun) James Koh (FOX 11 Los Angeles) *** Ron Kruck (Inside MMA) Mark LaMonica (Newsday) Claudia Lima (VIP) Alexandre Matos (MMA Brasil) Justin Mayer (Armed Forces Network) Franklin McNeil (ESPN.com) **** Thomas Myers (MMAmania.com) Guga Noblat (O Globo ) Eric O'Brien (Clear Channel) Brett Okamoto (ESPN.com) * Chris Palmquist (MixedMartialArts.com) Eddie Pappani (KIOZ San Diego) * Nick Peet (Fighters Only) Klima Pessanha (Globoesporte.com) Ken Pishna (MMAWeekly.com) Marc Raimondi (NY Post) Ivan Raupp (Globoesporte.com) Fernando Rudnick (Gazeta do Povo) Marcelo Russio (Canal Combate ) *** Ariel Shnerer (Fight Network) John Silver (Chicago Sun-Times) Jonathan Snowden (Bleacher Report) Anthony Springer Jr. (FightNews) * Neil Springer (Sun Media) Hans Thompson (Inside MMA) * Jeff Wagenheim (SI.com) *did not submit a previous ballot ** did not submit "pound-for-pound" ballot *** only submitted Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche in the Women's Bantamweight rankings **** only submitted Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate in the Women's Bantamweight rankings ***** only submitted Ronda Rousey, Liz Carmouche and Miesha Tate in the Women's Bantamweight rankings
Pound-for-Pound 1 Anderson Silva 2 Jon Jones 3 Georges St-Pierre 4 Jose Aldo 5 Benson Henderson 6 Cain Velasquez 7 Demetrious Johnson 8 (9) Renan Barao 9 (8) Dominick Cruz 10 Frankie Edgar
Flyweight Champion : Demetrious Johnson 1 Joseph Benavidez 2 John Dodson 3 Ian McCall 4 John Moraga 5 Jussier Da Silva 6 Louis Gaudinot 7 Chris Cariaso 8 Darren Uyenoyama 9 John Lineker 10 Timothy Elliott
Bantamweight Champion : Dominick Cruz 1 Renan Barao (Interim Champion) 2 Urijah Faber 3 Michael McDonald 4 Eddie Wineland 5 Brad Pickett 6 Raphael Assuncao 7 Scott Jorgensen 8 Brian Bowles 9 Mike Easton 10 Ivan Menjivar
Featherweight Champion : Jose Aldo 1 Chad Mendes 2 Ricardo Lamas 3 Frankie Edgar 4 Chan Sung Jung 5 Cub Swanson 6 Dennis Siver 7 Dustin Poirier 8 (9) Clay Guida 9 (8) Nik Lentz 10 Erik Koch
Lightweight Champion : Benson Henderson 1 Gilbert Melendez 2 Anthony Pettis 3 Gray Maynard 4 Nate Diaz 5 Jim Miller 6 Donald Cerrone 7 TJ Grant 8 Rafael dos Anjos 9 Joe Lauzon 10 Khabib Nurmagomedov
Welterweight Champion : Georges St-Pierre 1 Johny Hendricks 2 Carlos Condit 3 Nick Diaz 4 Rory MacDonald 5 Demian Maia 6 Jake Ellenberger 7 Martin Kampmann 8 Tarec Saffiedine 9 (10) Robbie Lawler 10 (9) Josh Koscheck
Middleweight Champion : Anderson Silva 1 Chris Weidman 2 Vitor Belfort 3 (4) Yushin Okami 4 (3) Michael Bisping 5 (6) Luke Rockhold 6 (5) Constantinos Philippou 7 Mark Munoz 8 (10) Ronaldo Souza 9 Chael Sonnen 10 (8) Hector Lombard
Light Heavyweight Champion : Jon Jones 1 Lyoto Machida 2 Alexander Gustafsson 3 Dan Henderson 4 Glover Teixeira 5 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 6 Mauricio Rua 7 (T6) Rashad Evans 8 Phil Davis 9 Ryan Bader 10 Gegard Mousasi
Heavyweight Champion : Cain Velasquez 1 Junior dos Santos 2 Fabricio Werdum 3 Daniel Cormier 4 Antonio Silva 5 Frank Mir 6 Alistair Overeem 7 (8) Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 8 (7) Roy Nelson 9 (NR) Mark Hunt 10 (9) Stefan Struve (Out: Shane Carwin)
NEW RANKING Women's Bantamweight Champion : Ronda Rousey 1 Miesha Tate 2 Liz Carmouche 3 Sarah Kaufman 4 Alexis Davis 5 Cat Zingano 6 Sara McMann T7 Julie Kedzie T7 Amanda Nunes 9 Germaine de Randamie
Every division has roughly 25-30 people except for flyweight and the women's division since both were only recently introduced. It's also complicated by some fighters jumping from weight class to weight class, such as how Anthony Pettis is dropping down to 145 and is automatically the next contender to Aldo's belt (they're fighting in August).
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
Originally posted by CRZThese rankings followed UFC on FUEL 8, which I know was watched by everybody reading this right now.
It certainly should've been watched! Hunt v Struve and Stann v Wanderlei more than made up for a lackluster undercard.
I'm not sure I follow the logic that sees Mendes and Lamas ahead of Edgar in the featherweight rankings but not in P4P, but whatevs.
Originally posted by Dionysus Are there many fighters in each division who are not on these lists, or is this pretty much their entire roster?
They've got more than they normally would because they recently 'absorbed' Strikeforce. Per Dana (who was mid "why we cut Jon Fitch" rant at the time, so take it with a pinch of salt) they've got 470 under contract and they'd be looking to trim a good number of those.
Watching prelims (which I think usually air free one way or another in the US) can be a good way to familiarise yourself with some of the newcomers and less well known guys. You can also get some Strikeforce fights on YouTube if you've got time to kill and want to get to know some of the guys that came over from there. Gilbert Melendez (current #1 contender at LW) had fun fights against Thompson and Kawajiri and Nick Diaz (fighting GSP for the WW belt on Saturday) against pretty much anyone he fought in Strikeforce was entertaining.
I actually just got back from watching this at a movie theater in New Jersey (done through Fathom Events). The crowd was enthusiastic, but pretty small and that made me sad because I would go the theater route again.