Regardless of where you stand on the whole “pound for pound” rankings debate, FightMatrix recently released a list of what they referred to as ‘Division Dominance’ rankings, which rank fighters according to how impressively they’ve fared against the fellow members of their respective weight divisions. Where you’d think that Anderson Silva would be a the top of this list by about a million points, being that he has never lost a fight in the UFC, it might surprise you who topped him.
FightMatrix provided the criteria that led them to their conclusion:
The division point dominance list debuted on 3/16/08, and is comparable, but not identical to a pound-for-pound list. While a pound-for-pound list factors in divisional tenure and the ability to transcend weight divisions while remaining successful, this list does not. This list ranks fighters based on their point level superiority over those in the division in which they are currently ranked.
This is done by averaging the point level which encompasses the typical transition between the elites and top contenders of the division, then compares this average to the fighter’s current point level. The higher a fighter’s division dominance points, the more “dominant” they are over their divisional peers.
Two important factors that comprise a fighter’s division dominance rating. The strength of the division’s top fighters and the fighter’s own current rating. A fluctuation in the fighter’s rating, division strength, and/or division assignment can all result in changes to a fighter’s division dominance rating.
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FightMatrix ‘Division Dominance’ rankings
1. Joseph Benavidez (125) 222 points
2. Anderson Silva (185) 205 points
3. Jon Jones (205) 199 points
4. Junior dos Santos (HW) 175 points
5. Georges St Pierre (170) 134 points
6. Jose Aldo (145) 131 points
7. Dominick Cruz (135) 113 points
8. Ben Henderson (155) 101 points
9. Frankie Edgar (155) 78 points
10. Cain Velasquez (HW) 76 points