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Wednesday, 12/04/2013, 10:31 am

Despite UFC 167, UFC Ranks Rory MacDonald Above Robbie Lawler

UFC 167 saw a sizeable upset when Robbie Lawler (left) defeated Rory MacDonald (right).  Coming into the fight, Lawler was ranked 9th in the welterweight contenders and MacDonald 3rd.  Weeks after the fight, you’d expect Lawler to have assumed MacDonald’s spot amongst the top three welterweight contenders, but the UFC rankings have MacDonald 3rd and Lawler 4th.


By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA

There’s really not much to say about the UFC’s divisional rankings.  Following each event, the UFC’s panel of media, writers, etc. submit their ranking for each weight class and one for the pound-for-pound rankings – and the UFC weighs the results to formulate their own rankings.  For the most part, the system has been fair and reasonable.  But as Bloody Elbow pointed out on Monday, a change has been made that underscores how feeble these official scores may actually be.

Robbie Lawler defeated Rory MacDonald at UFC 167.  Though it was a split decision, it was a pretty obvious victory for Lawler.  Logically, Lawler sits ahead of MacDonald in any ranking system of the UFC’s welterweight division(see BJPENN.COM’S HERE).

Except the UFC’s ranking.

This week, following The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale, the UFC updated its divisional rankings; and Rory MacDonald has climbed up to number 3 while Robbie Lawler has dropped to number 4.

Of course, the UFC does not assign these rankings.  As their website explicitly states, “Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound…  Rankings will be updated approximately 36 hours after each event.

Whether this will be rectified in any way has yet to be stated.  At the very least, this points out some flaws in the UFC’s ranking system: because they are updated after every event, divisions are liable to change without a fight occurring in that weight class.


0 Responses to “Despite UFC 167, UFC Ranks Rory MacDonald Above Robbie Lawler”

  1. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    That’s stupid. When you beat a guy you get his spot cause you showed you’re better.

  2. 757 says:

    That’s why this sport is getting fucked up. You beat up a guy and he get’s ranked above you? Fuck that.

  3. KIDD433 says:

    This is the beginning of the UFC’s ruin. First we have this problem with judging, that has only gotten worse over the years, but two title fights within a couple months of each other.(Jones-Gus) (GSP-Hendricks) , it’s not a coincidence that both of these fights were title fights where the champs got smashed and the belts were still gifted to them, obviously because they’re draws and The SAC has a bigger picture, behind it all, but now this? Messing with the ranking system? This is boxing style 101. This is some straight BS! The UFC is getting more crooked over night, something has got to be done fast!

    • Thommo888 says:

      Learn how to score a fight using the 10 point must system , the current system used by NSAC to judge MMA . Damage is not a deciding factor . The only round in question in the GSP fight was the first , George’s had 1 more significant strike plus a submission attempt , so where,s the controversy .

      • Kenny Powers says:

        Watch it again. They show the significant strikes at :40 left in the first. GSP-12, Hendricks-21. Georges sub attempt wasn’t near close. They both got one takedown, Hendricks’ lasted longer. Hendricks pushed the pace. Close fight, but Hendricks won.

  4. 757 says:

    Thanks for the class on scoring but the article is about Rory ranked higher than Robbie, and the ranking system. Nobody is impressed. Stick to the article. Don’t worry about Hendrix he was beaten by Kos and Condit so who cares. You fucking idiots are dumb

  5. Damien says:

    Biased article. How do you ‘drop’ from 9th to 4th?

  6. Ddddddddddd says:

    People still believe Anderson is gonna walk over Weidman.
    Why not? Although I think it’s stupid.

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