Al Iaquinta

The native, who faces Dan HookerUFC 243

An unfortunate side effect of the ranking system is fighters constantly jockeying for position in hopes of gaining recognition with the promotion, not to mention no defined system in place to determine how exactly title contention can be achieved.

Edson Barboza and James Vick

A deep dive into the rankings from a Reddit user exposed a fatal flaw in the current system, with only 14 people currently participating in the voting process. According to the breakdown, only nine people involved in determining the rankings are directly involved with a mixed martial arts media source.

Dana White routinely bashes his own rankings

In the lightweight division, more than a few fighters have pointed out that former champion Conor McGregor is cemented in the top-three rankings despite his last fight ending in a loss to reigning champion Khabib NurmagomedovEddie Alvarez in 2016.

Kevin Lee


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