When the UFC announced that they would be implementing rankings earlier this year, the reactions were mixed. Many wondered if the rankings would deter certain matches from being made, while others believed it was a positive step forward for the sport.
Although the rankings have had their issues, the UFC is definitely gaining attention with the more casual fan base in understanding where a fighter stands in their respective division. The UFC has also done a solid job implementing fights regardless of the rankings, and making matches that make sense to the rankings as well.
Today, reports have been circling the MMA community stating that the UFC rankings will be expanding from the top 10, to top 15 fighters in each division. There has been no official word from the UFC as of yet, but Jeremy Botter tweeted the news earlier:
UFC rankings are expanding to Top 15 beginning this week.
— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) December 26, 2013
If this is in fact true, we will see how the change affects future fights. Fans will now be able to see a fighter who is on the fringe of their division’s elite, or attempting to break into the top ten. Overall, I think this is a move in the right direction for the UFC at this point.