Many have called for “official” UFC rankings for years. Now, it appears they are on the horizon.
UFC president Dana White announced Thursday that official rankings will begin following Saturday’s UFC 156 event.
Along with FightMetric, 90 members of the media will compile official rankings following each event.
“UFC Fighter Rankings are a great tool for new and existing fans alike to learn and better keep up with the fast pace of the UFC,” said UFC President Dana White. “We always look for opportunities to engage fans and media, allowing them to connect and voice their opinions, and this just one more way of doing that.”
Champions and interim champions must be ranked either first or second, and fighters can appear in just one weight division.
“We are thrilled to have UFC recognize our fighter rankings and to have them hosted on UFC.com, as well as incorporated into event broadcasts. FightMetric has worked closely with the UFC for several years as an industry-leader in MMA statistics. Sports fans are accustomed to seeing performance data and rankings on their favorite baseball, football and soccer players, and now we can engage UFC fans on a similar level,” said FightMetric creator Rami Genauer.