UFC and Fightmetric team up to compile UFC rankings
February 1, 2013
The UFC and Fightmetric have teamed together to offer UFC fighter rankings. The rankings will include selected MMA media members voting on the rankings.
Via UFC press release:
“We are thrilled to have UFC recognize our fighter rankings and to have them hosted on UFC.com, as well as incorporated into event broadcasts. FightMetric has worked closely with the UFC for several years as an industry-leader in MMA statistics. Sports fans are accustomed to seeing performance data and rankings on their favorite baseball, football and soccer players, and now we can engage UFC fans on a similar level,” said FightMetric creator Rami Genauer.
“UFC Fighter Rankings are a great tool for new and existing fans alike to learn and better keep up with the fast pace of the UFC,” said UFC President Dana White. “We always look for opportunities to engage fans and media, allowing them to connect and voice their opinions, and this just one more way of doing that.”
Media members will vote for top fighters, currently active in the UFC, by weight class and pound-for-pound. A fighter can only appear in one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champions of each division are set in the first and second positions respectively and are not eligible for voting by media. However, champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings. Media voting is by invitation only and interested media members can apply at UFC.com/Rankings.
Congratulations to Rami Genauer at Fightmetric on the new endeavor. To learn more about him and his company, we interviewed him back in September 2010. The fighter rankings creates a closed universe for the UFC as the rankings would include only UFC fighters. Allowing media members a vote gives the rankings an appearance of impartiality. Obviously, not all media members will be chosen to vote. In fact, 90 were invited and it appears that others can apply. This process has been a bone of contention among MMA media. Everyone loves lists so the rankings may be good for that. At least, with Fightmetric, we will have some statistical information to go upon. But, what does this really do for the fights that are made when we know its up to the Zuffa trust?