Issue Date: 3/22/2015 (Official Release: #423)

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%.

Rank ↑ ↓ Fighter  (Division) Record Points
1   US Chris Weidman   (MW)
Listed Since: 7/07/2013
2   US Jon Jones   (LHW)
Listed Since: 3/20/2011
3   BR Jose Aldo   (FW)
Listed Since: 11/23/2009
4   BR Rafael dos Anjos   (LW)
Listed Since: 3/15/2015
5   US Demetrious Johnson   (FLW)
Listed Since: 9/23/2012
6   US Frankie Edgar   (FW)
Listed Since: 10/26/2014
7   US Robbie Lawler   (WW)
Listed Since: 12/07/2014
8 1 US Donald Cerrone   (LW)
Listed Since: 1/19/2015
9 1 BR Lyoto Machida   (MW)
Listed Since: 2/16/2014
10   US Johny Hendricks   (WW)
Listed Since: 3/15/2015

Issue Date: 3/22/2015 (Official Release: #423)

Previous Official Release: 3/15/2015

Fighters who have dropped out: None

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

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    Before asking where a specific fighter is ranked or why they aren't ranked:

    - We update the rankings once per week, usually on Sunday or Monday.

    - Fighters who have not fought in 450 days or more ARE NOT RANKED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

    - Use the "Fighter Search" option in the upper-right of the page. The fighter may be ranked in a different division.

    - Most of the divisions have multiple pages beyond this one. See the clickable ranges above and below the ranking table.

    Furthermore, we do not maintain the "next fight" data. This is gathered from Sherdog. Any issues regarding this data should be forwarded to them.