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Old 01-31-2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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From Ariel Helwani's twitter:

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Dana: they are starting UFC rankings. Their own official rankings. Wow.
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Dana: 90 media members will vote on the rankings. The Monday after this event polls will go out and it will begin.
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Dana: buuuut regardless of the rankings, I'll put together the fights the people want to see.
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UFC thinks it would be easier for casual fans to follow the sport with rankings.

Interesting, I guess, but ultimately pointless if they are ignored in favor of putting together fights "people want to see" instead.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:21 PM   #2
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Interesting, I guess, but ultimately pointless if they are ignored in favor of putting together fights "people want to see" instead.
Not "pointless."

Sometimes the #1 contender might have already decisively lost to the champion, and it's time to give someone else a shot. If Josh Koscheck beat Hendricks, would Kos-GSP 3 be a good fight to make?

And there's injuries and such to factor in as well.

Pleased if it's in the hands of journalists outside the UFC payroll though. And it'll keep them honest - they don't have to treat the rankings as the be all and end all, but they won't be able to disregard them entirely either.

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Old 01-31-2013, 07:23 PM   #3
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:32 PM   #4
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soooo whats the point? it wont make any difference to who fights who. and its certain when the ranking come out everyone's going to disagree with them anyway.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:51 PM   #5
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Dana: "buuuut regardless of the rankings, I'll put together the fights the people want to see".


So the rankings won't mean jack shit
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:56 PM   #6
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He just said its for the casual fans. That makes sense. I'm sure when everyone first really gets into boxing, they check The Ring ratings religiously. It's not a direct source but a helpful guide.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:52 PM   #7
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Dana's muppets will rank the popular fighters top 5 every time.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:38 PM   #8
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Dana: "buuuut regardless of the rankings, I'll put together the fights the people want to see".


So the rankings won't mean jack shit
This is geat news as the majority of us will keep getting the fights we want.. Akdo v Faber for example .
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:44 PM   #9
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He just said its for the casual fans. That makes sense. I'm sure when everyone first really gets into boxing, they check The Ring ratings religiously. It's not a direct source but a helpful guide.
This is exactly what I did. It helps give an idea of how good an opponent is and the stage a contender is at in his career etc. A good idea for a business but not all that important seeing as it won't create mandos.
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:00 AM   #10
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I meant Aldo v Edgar
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:32 AM   #11
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Great for the noobs. I've got a few friends that are really into TUF and almost never watch PPVs or other cards. So they're real interested in seeing Mike Ricci fight again and thinks he's gonna do really well. Or they're surprised that Cody MacKenzie lost so quickly when he fought that dude they'd never heard of.

Rankings would be a nice thing to point them to when I can't be ****ed explaining why Chad Mendes would never ever ever ever lose to someone like Cody MacKenzie
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:22 AM   #12
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It's because Dana read our thread discussing rankings in The UFC. It WAS a pretty cool thread.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:23 AM   #13
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There's already a problem. The rankings are by MEDIA members, so rankings aren't necessarily going to be based on a fighters ability. Don't be surprised if guys are ranked via combination of their marketability and entertainment value, and then fighting ability.

Step in the right direction, but still flawed as ****.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:27 AM   #14
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There's already a problem. The rankings are by MEDIA members, so rankings aren't necessarily going to be based on a fighters ability. Don't be surprised if guys are ranked via combination of their marketability and entertainment value, and then fighting ability.

Step in the right direction, but still flawed as ****.
A fighter's ability is subjective anyway, no matter how it's done.

Very common to have a situation where A beats B, B beats C and C beats A. How do you rank that?

Besides, every group has bias. If the rankings were done by people actively involved in the fight game, they'd be biased towards particular training camps and personalities anyway. No way around it. It's not an objective science and never will be.

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Old 02-01-2013, 07:11 AM   #15
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This is geat news as the majority of us will keep getting the fights we want.. Akdo v Faber for example .

you mean Aoki vs Maynard
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