At UFC 167 Robbie Lawler defeated Rory Macdonald in a split decision that most in my circle of fans and friends saw as unanimous. The Southpaw dominated “Ares” in all aspects of the game in rounds 2 and 3, avoiding takedowns, securing takedowns and sweeps of his own, and beating Rory handily from pillar to post, even rocking the Tristar product and knocking him down and almost out in the third round of their match-up.
The UFC has for some crazy reason, (they are the only ranking system that has done this as I understand it) ranked Rory Macdonal ahead of Robbie Lawler in welterweight rankings. Rory Macdonald is ranked at number 3 while Lawler is ranked at number 4.
The UFC post’s this disclosure notice on their website regarding their “Official Rankings”:
“Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound… Rankings will be updated approximately 36 hours after each event.”
Should the UFC stop letting members of the media who may or may not even understand all the dynamics of MMA vote to enlist an official rankings system for their fighters, or should this be left to athletic commissions? As I see it, they are both incompetent and there is always the element of nationalism and fan favorites involved so subjective attitudes will always be a part of the rankings.