This past Saturday night, at UFC 168, Josh Barnett was knocked out viciously in exactly one minute by Travis ‘Hapa’ Browne. Most would believe that Barnett’s loss would certainly have him drop in the UFC rankings. Well, apparently Josh Barnett has actually risen one spot from his previous ranking. Check out the rankings below:
Barnett moved one spot up, as Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva moved one spot down. Silva most recently fought to a draw in an incredible fight against Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 33. After the fight, Bigfoot tested positive for elevated testosterone levels and was suspended. Regardless of the post-fight drug test, it certainly does not make sense that Silva would move down and Barnett would move up.
In the end of the day, this is not a major issue, but more of a continuity issue. If the UFC wants fans to care about the rankings, they need continuity and some common sense. The rankings recently moved to the top 15 in each division, so we will see if this will lead to a better understanding of each division, or just a more convoluted picture than before.
What do you think about the UFC rankings? Do you think they are useful, or do they not accurately portray each division? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @SchlinskMMA