Up until this point the UFC has never had an official rankings system for each of the divisions on their roster, but according to Dana White that’s all about to change.
White announced yesterday during a media day for this weekend’s UFC 156 event that the organization will partner with FightMetric who already deliver the UFC’s official statistics to produce the rankings which will be based on a poll of 90 media members worldwide.
The first rankings will appear on UFC.com next week.
“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,” Dana White said in a press release. “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.”
However, speaking to reporters White revealed that while the rankings will give casual fans a general overview of where fighters stand within their respective divisions, they won’t provide a definitive guide for who’s in line for a title shot.
Instead the UFC will still choose who gets to fight for the title based on who they believe people want to see.