Sonnen blasts new UFC rankings & MMA media

source: UFC Tonight

"I never understood what the fascination is with putting a number next to someone's name. I did this my entire tenure of college with girls I dated and I can assure you it never ended well. First and foremost, when people judge (other) people it's never fair. You got a bunch a media guys who really don't know a ton about the sport and every time you say that they take it as a huge insult but the reality is they don't.

They go into a press conference with one thing, they hear the boss Dana White say something, they change their rankings on the spot so they can get into that big steak dinner the UFC hands out with the press conference. Let's make sure we understand how they came to be."

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mofomike site profile image  

2/7/13 10:48 AM by mofomike


fightharder site profile image  

2/6/13 10:05 PM by fightharder

Fuck Chael is on point. Cannot understand why Dana is so mad at Randy while Zuffa has both Chael and Stann. Let Randy go to Bellator. Zuffa hardly needs him (he will still be good to watch on Bellator though).   Anyways i appreciate the fuck out of Chael during the Ultimate fighter. I think the heart to heart he had with Hall was awesome.   And now he is on form bringing the (slightly uncomfortable truth since we all have a craving for rankings,at least i have) truth to the people again. Ariel is a cool dude but he really has nothing on Chael.

Virus x site profile image  

2/6/13 6:07 PM by Virus x

Chael For president

BobD site profile image  

2/6/13 6:05 PM by BobD

Carwin is still ranked on the UFC site because he is still an active fighter on their roster, and the instructions were clear: all active fighters will be ranked.  If it makes you feel any better, clearly several of the judges agree with you: 12 have him at #8 or higher, 12 below 10 or unrankable.  If you graph the frequency distribution, you get a saddle curve, not the bell you'd expect - and what you get for everyone else listed above him.  A saddle curve, in this case, indicates a inconsistent application of the rules.

Nick Fury site profile image  

2/6/13 5:45 PM by Nick Fury

He makes a lot of sense.

KingstonHawkeJr site profile image  

2/6/13 5:08 PM by KingstonHawkeJr

I almost want Chael to retire from fighting so he can host full time. How can you not love the guy? He say's ridiculous stuff of course, but there's always enough hint of truth that you have to take it into consideration. I think we all agree that Frankie should be #2 at feather. That it doesn't make any sense to have Gilbert rated so high and Thompson not rated at all. And that welter is just all messed up. Now way Hendricks and Diaz have done more than Rory. People get so caught up with the KOs that they forget that Hendricks has two very close splits and a loss to Rick Story as recent as 2 years ago.

easedel site profile image  

2/6/13 3:49 PM by easedel

@kuuzo There is nothing wrong with the UFC setting up tournaments. It would actually be a good thing.You could easily fill half a year worth of shows ( PPVs and Fox cards ) & it would give you a very good idea of where every would rank. You would avoid having out of division fighters calling out champs, which does nothing but screw up those fighting for that top spot ( think of aldo vs pettis now ). I think it would be a breathe for fresh air. It would also clear up some divisions that are a mess ( HW for example )

SupesUp site profile image  

2/6/13 3:45 PM by SupesUp

This stuff. Problem is that the sample size is far too small for an actual rank. It would be like if the nfl teams only played 2 games a year and then they tried to rank them.

kuuzo site profile image  

2/6/13 2:48 PM by kuuzo

The only way to make a ranking system fair and consistent would be to make it more like a tournament, and Bellator is great and all, but one tournament style promotion is enough.

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2/6/13 2:42 PM by UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA

Dear Mr. Sonnen,