Division Point Dominance

Division Point Dominance List

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 of divisional contenders, then comparing 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.

One important thing to note is that there are 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.  In addition, neighboring divisional strength has a very small effect on these ratings due to division jumpers.

As of 8/28/2011, we have added further requirements, which were modified on 6/24/2012 and again on 3/3/2015:

  • Fighter must have a win, draw, recognized title fight, or quality performance in the previous 360 days (450 if currently in “inactive decay”).
  • Fighter must have at least two wins in their listed division within the past 900 days OR be ranked #1 in their division. If only the latter part of this requirement, a penalty will be assessed up to 50%.

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    Issue Date: 11/11/2018 (Official Release: #621)
    Rank ↑ ↓ Fighter  (Division) Record Points
    1   US Max Holloway   (FW)
    Listed Since: 12/11/2016
    19-3-0
    582
    2   US Daniel Cormier   (HW)
    Listed Since: 10/21/2018
    22-1-0
    570
    3   US T.J. Dillashaw   (BW)
    Listed Since: 11/05/2017
    16-3-0
    515
    4   US Tyron Woodley   (WW)
    Listed Since: 3/05/2017
    19-3-1
    442
    5   RU Khabib Nurmagomedov   (LW)
    Listed Since: 10/07/2018
    27-0-0
    386
    6   US Henry Cejudo   (FLW)
    Listed Since: 8/05/2018
    13-2-0
    378
    7   US Demetrious Johnson   (FLW)
    Listed Since: 9/23/2012
    27-3-1
    375
    8   US Tony Ferguson   (LW)
    Listed Since: 10/08/2017
    24-3-0
    335
    9   AU Robert Whittaker   (MW)
    Listed Since: 6/10/2018
    20-4-0
    325
    10   US Dustin Poirier   (LW)
    Listed Since: 11/04/2018
    24-5-0
    307

    Issue Date: 11/11/2018 (Official Release: #621)

    Previous Official Release: 11/04/2018

    Fighters who have dropped out: None

    Drop out symbols: * = Inactive (450d), + = Moved Divisions (Up), - = Moved Divisions (Down), % = Forced, ! = Results/Other