For the first time Sherdog.com is releasing official rankings
spanning eight weight divisions. This is not a ranking based upon
skill. Simply, the Sherdog.com ranking takes into account what
fighters have accomplished in the ring or cage.
Imagine that each fighter holding the No. 1 position is the
Sherdog.com champion: our ranking is intended to outline who would
be next in line to challenge the man holding the belt ... and what
the line extended to 10 fighters (except at flyweight where we
limit it to five) would look like.
Criterion for the ranking mandates that a fighter must have
competed during the past 12 months in the division in which they
are ranked. Fighters currently under suspension for banned
substances will not be considered for the ranking until their
suspension has run its course. If a fighter appeals, they will be
ranked until the appeal is heard.
Placement in the poll is based largely on results in competition
and the strength of opposition.
With the addition of short explanations following each ranked
fighter, we've attempted to provide insight as to why guys are
ranked where they are. Though the sport still features fractured
weight divisions, we've tried our best to address that in the
placement of fighters.
In this poll there is one notable omission. Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto(Pictures), one of the most talented
fighters in the sport, is not ranked, as he has not fought at 145
pounds in nearly four years and his 155-pound resume isn't good
enough to be considered a ranked lightweight.