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Rankings Update: Machida passes Belfort
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<p>Every Monday after an event the UFC releases it's rankings, aggregated from a group of MMA media sources. This past weekend the UFC held a single event in Brazil featuring only one meaningful bout rankings wise, Lyoto Machida vs. CB Dollaway. </p>
Champion : Chris Weidman
1 Anderson Silva
2 Jacare Souza
3 Lyoto Machida +1
4 Vitor Belfort -1
5 Luke Rockhold
6 Yoel Romero
7 Tim Kennedy
8 Gegard Mousasi
9 Michael Bisping
10 CB Dollaway
11 Thales Leites
12 Costas Philippou
13 Tim Boetsch
14 Mark Munoz
15 Brad Tavares
Lyoto Machida surprisingly surpassed Vitor Belfort in the rankings, taking the number three spot with a win over tenth ranked CB Dollaway. Dollaway's rann remained unchanged.
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16 is too fucking many. All a marketing ploy, always been about the top 10. I feel like an old man reminiscing the days arguing if Fedor was the #1 HW in mma.
I'm not surprised, I think Machida should be ranked higher. I'm really curious how a fight between him and Jacare would go.
I'd actually like to see them rank the top 25 in each division, but I don't think they have enough active fighters to do so. What I don't like is how incompetant the current rankers are. How in the world is Jacare ranked ahead of Rockhold? And how does Machida move up after beating Dollaway? TRT or not, Vitor earned that spot right behind Silva.
Not sure how a win over CB warrants passing Vitor who damn near murdered 3 top fighters.
So vitor wins three in a row and machida can pass him while Anderson has lost two in a row yet remains ranked #1 contender?
Anderson will have gone almost three years without beating a ranked opponent in middleweight, but he'll still be the #2 guy...
da Vinci 81 - So vitor wins three in a row and machida can pass him while Anderson has lost two in a row yet remains ranked #1 contender? This? Wtf so then why is vitor fighting for the belt if he isn't the number one contender anymore? Ufc is pissing me off
Well, to be fair, I think most people would agree that Vitor is not the same guy that murdered the last three guys he fought. I know we haven't seen how he'll perform off TRT, but I do think Machida is probably the better fighter at the moment.
"The rankings will determine how much sponsorship money the fighters are paid"
Certain fighters are in big trouble lol
Horseshit. Vitor kills everyone on that list in his new reebok crusader shorts.
I haven't looked at the full rankings yet but I'm assuming Ronda is #1 P4P by now.
Vitor would wipe the floor with Machida. He barely got by Dollaway.
This is the PERFECT example of people ranking fighters according to "Who Beats Who" instead of ACCOMPLISHMENTS in a weightclass (the only reason for rankings).
Lyoto recently had only his fourth fight at 185 EVER:
- Dollaway (TKO win)
- Weidman (Decision loss)
- Mousasi (Decision win)
- Munoz (KO win)
I think he's great. One of my favorite fighters, but he just had his fourth fight at 185. Having him ranked before this is seriously borderline.
Vitor on the other hand has had only THREE fights at 185 in the past 3 years. JUST THREE!!! And one of them is a guy who has only had 2 fights at 185 ever (AJ). He has looked spectacular in those past three years especailly taking on AJ (who fights at LHW now) and Jones and Hendo at 205, but I don't even like the idea of ranking someone with only three fights at a weight class.
Does this mean I think that these guys shouldn't be fighting the top of the weightclass or challenging for the belt? Not really. I have always been more inclined towards interesting match ups then following some strict rankings system. And I don't believe in belts and standing champions anyway.
I just think that if people are going to rank fighters they need to think of ACCOMPLISHMENTS over a TIME PERIOD instead of who they think could beat who and single wins over other fighters.
Tim Kennedy is complaining that the MMA media sources had 12 extra seconds to vote for Yoel Romero!
Captfireeyes - Anderson will have gone almost three years without beating a ranked opponent in middleweight, but he'll still be the #2 guy...
Anderson shouldn't even be ranked right now:
- He has only three fights at MW in the past three years
- He is 1-2 in those three fights
- His one win is against a guy who has only two fights at MW in the past three years (Chael) and his record is 1-1 at MW over that period
- He is not even scheduled to fight a ranked MW on his return (Nick Diaz)
I will get hate from this but I think Rockhold should be above Jacare and below Belfort.