It is perhaps an understatement to say the UFC has some questionable rankings. You’d count on rankings to be questionable as they’re subjective; nonetheless, on this column, I’ll level out rankings that I feel are evident errors.
Editorial Commentary by Peter Parsons
Like two weeks in the past, this week there was as soon as once more a variety of motion within the backside half of the heavyweight rankings. In contrast to two weeks in the past, the place the motion was a results of 4 heavyweight fights on the Lewis vs. Blaydes card, this week’s motion was a results of the UFC releasing long-time ranked heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Junior Dos Santos.
With two heavyweights out of the UFC, we didn’t simply see two heavyweights enter the rankings at 14 and 15. As a substitute we noticed two fighters enter the heavyweight rankings at 13 and 15 with different fighters transferring up or down.
Tybura strikes up, Pavlovich strikes down, Aspinall enters at No. 13
A line that I wrote repeatedly in my final article when addressing just a few unranked heavyweights was, “I don’t suppose he must be ranked forward of No. 15 Marcin Tybura, however I feel he must be ranked forward of No. 13 Sergei Pavlovich.” This truly occurred this week within the case of Tom Aspinall, who entered the rankings at No. 13 with Pavlovich dropping to No. 14 and Tybura transferring up 4 spots to No. 11. Was any person listening?
Evidently, I agree with this motion. 4 spots is a major soar for a fighter in Tybura, who’s at present idle. No. 11 is a extra applicable rating for Tybura; who has received 4 in a row, together with notable victories over Sergei Spivac, Ben Rothwell, and Greg Hardy. The Polish heavyweight ought to have entered the rankings greater within the first place.
Aspinall has went 3-0 since becoming a member of the UFC this previous July. This consists of two first-round TKO’s and a second-round submission over Andrei Arlovski, who had beforehand received two in a row and three out of his final 4. Aspinall enters the rankings forward of Sergei Pavlovich, which ought to have occurred two weeks in the past, after his latest victory.
Walt Harris ranked No. 8 at heavyweight
With the motion within the heavyweight rankings, Walt Harris moved up three spots to No. 8 forward of No. 9 ranked Augusto Sakai. This rating stood out to me. I feel there are different heavyweights who must be ranked forward of Harris who usually are not, however right here I’ll make the argument that Sakai must be ranked greater. Harris is 13-9 general and 6-8 within the UFC. In the meantime, Sakai is 15-2-1 general and 4-1 within the UFC. I do know data don’t inform the complete story; their latest fights must be the principle consider figuring out their rankings.
Harris misplaced his final two fights, albeit to high competitors in Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov. Sakai misplaced his final combat, in his solely UFC loss, to Overeem.
What about their latest wins? Sakai had received his first 4 UFC bouts, together with his final two wins in opposition to present No. 12 Blagoy Ivanov and present No. 11 Marcin Tybura. Harris had received two in a row in opposition to present No. 15 Alexei Olenik and at present unranked Sergei Spivac. Sakai’s final victory got here in Might of 2020 whereas Harris’ final victory got here in July of 2019. I feel it’s apparent who must be ranked greater right here.
Augusto Sakai is scheduled to combat No. 7 ranked Shamil Abdurakhimov on Might 1. Walt Harris is scheduled to combat Marcin Tybura on June 5.
Sean Brady enters welterweight ranks at No. 14
Sean Brady defeated Jake Matthews on Saturday evening by way of third spherical arm-triangle. After the combat, the commentators in addition to Brady himself had been saying that he ought to get a high 15 opponent subsequent. Whereas I agree with that, I discovered myself telling my TV that Brady ought to now be within the high 15 himself.
With Brady coming into the highest 15, Khamzat Chimaev is now out of the rankings. I’ve written a number of instances how Chimaev shouldn’t be ranked within the deep 170-pound division with only one win within the division, that coming in opposition to a fighter who was making his UFC debut.
I’ve made the case that Brady, together with an extended listing of welterweights, ought to have been ranked forward of Chimaev. One fighter I had on this listing was Brady’s opponent on Saturday evening, Jake Matthews. The Australian, Matthews, had received 6 of his final 7, together with a victory over present No. 12 Li Jingliang. Going into the combat, I believed the winner of Brady and Matthews ought to undoubtedly be ranked. I’m glad to see the voting panellists for the UFC rankings get this one proper.
Lina Lansberg and Macy Chiasson change positions… once more
A couple of weeks in the past, I wrote about how Macy Chiasson went forward of Lina Lansberg out of nowhere, even though Lansberg has a latest win over Chiasson. This week, the 2 fighters switched locations as soon as once more, as Lansberg moved as much as No. 10 and Chiasson moved right down to No. 11.
Whereas that is one other change for the higher this week, it makes you query how and why Chiasson would go forward of Lansberg to start with, solely to commerce locations once more.
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My rankings would look totally different than some other author or fan who follows the game intently. That is to be anticipated, as rankings are subjective. Nevertheless, the above examples are rankings I strongly disagree with. Rankings must be based mostly totally on outcomes and never perceived potential or reputation.
Some individuals suppose rankings don’t matter. Rankings do matter. They matter relating to matchmaking. They matter relating to contract negotiations.
Let’s maintain the rankings dialog going. Do you agree or disagree that the above examples are evident rating errors? Which UFC rankings do you strongly disagree with? Specific your ideas within the feedback under.