#1 in FightMatrix ‘Division Dominance’ rankings is

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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


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yellow wrkahlc site profile image  

6/16/12 10:56 PM by yellow wrkahlc

Oops, I forgot where I was for a moment.

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

6/16/12 10:49 PM by duckhuntgangsta

 Umm no, it's actually very reputible and the rankings that are computer generated are pretty much the same as the ranking that are writer created. What constitutes "legit" anyways?

Herring In A Fur Coat site profile image  

6/16/12 10:41 PM by Herring In A Fur Coat

Asking too much now...

yellow wrkahlc site profile image  

6/16/12 10:08 PM by yellow wrkahlc

De nada.I just wish more people would read before typing.

Herring In A Fur Coat site profile image  

6/16/12 9:58 PM by Herring In A Fur Coat

I wish.

Herring In A Fur Coat site profile image  

6/16/12 9:56 PM by Herring In A Fur Coat

The FightMatrix rankings work by assigning rating points to fighters.Each divisional ranking is just a list of fighters whose last pro fight was in that division, arranged from the highest rating to the lowest.The Division Dominance list is determined by the top fighter's rating compared to the ratings of other top fighters in that division.Benavidez went from being Top 3 in a much stronger division to being #1 in a very weak one. Hence the unreasonably high division dominance rating.As the flyweight division is built up, this anomaly will work itself out. Thanks to yellow, Fixed, duck, and other who actually understand how the system works and try to explain it...

Kneeblock site profile image  

6/16/12 9:17 PM by Kneeblock

 This is a paragraph that I hope a lot of people on the OG take to heart. 

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6/16/12 7:32 PM by FixedPartialArts

Benavidez was the #2 in a far superior division, so you could see how he'd project to be most dominant. Time will tell if he actually becomes the Anderson Silva at flyweight, and as the division naturally grows he may drop beneath fighters like that without even losing.FightMatrix is a really cool, actually objective site that doesn't suck at Zuffa's teet. Does it produce some anomalies here and there? Sure, but throwing it away because of that would be an example of throwing the baby away with the bath water. The subjective lists could be more consistently wrong and subject to biases. Hell, Sandro is still ranked a couple spots ahead of Straus, who he just lost to. I guess it meant more to win in JMMA than Bellator. He also dropped 5 spots while Straus still wasn't slotted ahead of him. As a general rule in UFC, you win, you take that fighter's spot in the rankings. With FightMatrix that's a consistent standard accompanying no organizational bias because they're not dependent on Zuffa to do their jobs. That's one of the reasons Fight Matrix is more reliable. How do you know that Rick Hawn isn't better than a few of the UFC guys who are immediately ahead of him? Maybe it's your organizational bias thinking that's not the case. Personally, I don't see how Jim Miller would beat Rick Hawn. After plenty of chances Miller's best wins are still Tibau and a controversial one against Bocek. Hawn is a much more powerful grappler (olympic judoka), striker, and showed technique against Weedman when he needed to. Fight Matrix is the best system we have right now to compare fighters in different organizations. The subjective ones just reorder the UFC and sprinkle in outsiders here and there if they're dominant but with a cap on how high they can go and if they're beaten their opponents don't acquire their rep nearly in entirety.

yellow wrkahlc site profile image  

6/16/12 6:59 PM by yellow wrkahlc

lol what's funny is I see 5-6 posts above that still don't understand this, even after I explained it 3 different times in 3 different posts on the first page of this topic.Just goes to show people don't read.

Graemeo site profile image  

6/16/12 1:47 PM by Graemeo

 Yea laughable list