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Old 10-26-2008, 02:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ranked Fighters. Has the time Come?

I'm not even %100 sure of my own opinion on this, so I figured why not put this question to all my MMA friends out there. Personally, I am leaning towards the opinion that I would really like to see the UFC institute a ranking system for its fighters. I can recall many title fights in the recent past that I do not feel were justified - although I am hoping this thread doesn't simply turn into a recount of all the fights we disagree with.

I would mention Kenny Florian vs. Sean Sherk for the lightweight title and also the upcoming Brock Lesnar vs Coture fight. I think we can all agree that there are fighters out there who are overdue for their "shot." I am thinking of guys such as Roger Heurta and Cheik Congo. I know we could all probably drop names for hours and we could all argue until we are blue in the face over who should have, and who shoiuldn't have had shots - but that is superficial.

It begs the question, WHOEVER you feel should or shouldn't have had a title shot --> would embracing a ranking system adress this issue? I believe it would, because there would be no dispute over who the number 1 contender is, and the number 1 conender would be challanging for the title. It would take the ability for the board room execs to hand pick which fights go down. But there are consequences to this. For example, if there were a ranking system - I don't believe that a season such as "TUF the Comeback" would even be a possibility. So, what do all you MMA experts out there think? Is it time for the UFC to officially rank its fighters?
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Old 10-26-2008, 05:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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many months ago i thought i heard dana white mention they were looking to get some official rankings....i haven't heard much sense....
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Old 10-26-2008, 05:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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many months ago i thought i heard dana white mention they were looking to get some official rankings....i haven't heard much sense....
that's probably because they decided to schedule a bunch of fights with non-top 10 guys fighting for championships.
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Old 10-26-2008, 05:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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that's probably because they decided to schedule a bunch of fights with non-top 10 guys fighting for championships.
I agree %100. This whole heavy-weight spectacle is what finally prompted me to drop this thread. This mini-tournament is a freaking joke. The champ should be fighting the interim champ to establish who the real champ. Challenges can come afterward. And Brock should have to go through a few more fights before he gets a title shot IMO
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Old 10-26-2008, 05:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Even if the UFC did implement a ranking system, they'd probably have guys that make them a boatload of money like Lesnar at the top, above people he shouldn't be and try justifying it somehow. I never cared for TUF winners getting title shots, or coaches for that matter. I'm not sure, it really depends how it's set up I guess.
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The UFC is a business and wants to make the most money. If they ranked their fighters than they would lose opportunities to make super fights like Couture/Lesnar, since those two could not legitimately face each other in a ranking system.
Or the UFC could have rankings and they would be inaccurate and place fighters in Top 10 that didn't belong. So as long as UFC is still a business and not a league then I say no official rankings yet.
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Wouldn┤t a ranking system open up for boring but efficient fighting styles?
As it is today the UFC keep putting exiting fighters in shows and thats a good thing right?
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The UFC does rank thier fighters, the top 10 anyway, but they do not make them pubilc. Only Joe Silva, Dana and probably the Fertitas accualy know.

On the other hand they don't always set up there matches with the fighters ranking in question, but how much money the fight can bring in. Which is why Keith Jadine will probably never get a title shot, and is one of the most underpaid fighters in the sport.
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The UFC does rank thier fighters, the top 10 anyway, but they do not make them pubilc. Only Joe Silva, Dana and probably the Fertitas accualy know.

On the other hand they don't always set up there matches with the fighters ranking in question, but how much money the fight can bring in. Which is why Keith Jadine will probably never get a title shot, and is one of the most underpaid fighters in the sport.
Jardine is underpaid because he signed a long term contract too early in his career.
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The UFC is a business and wants to make the most money. If they ranked their fighters than they would lose opportunities to make super fights like Couture/Lesnar, since those two could not legitimately face each other in a ranking system.
Or the UFC could have rankings and they would be inaccurate and place fighters in Top 10 that didn't belong. So as long as UFC is still a business and not a league then I say no official rankings yet.
The responses to this thread are exactly what I was hoping for. This is an excellent debate with some good points brought up that I otherwise would have never thought of. I must say though, I don't think it would prevent any big ticket fights from going down --> but it would perhaps delay them i.e. Brock Lesnar would have to work his way up the rankings, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't end up fighting the champ after a year or 2. I truely believe the product in the Octagon would improve and thus buisness would be better for the UFC in the end. the problem for me is, by setting up a Huerta vs. Kenflo matchup instead of Huerta Penn --> where does that leave Ken and Roger now? --> now that Huerta lost that is. IMO Huerta is still higher in the food chain than Kenflo, even if he did lose to him, but now he can't have a shot because he lost --> and kenflo certainly doesn't deserve a shot, so they both lose out in the end, and so do the fans. Any other thoughts?
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