Originally Posted by BigRyno
Of course Rashad is should be ranked ahead of Lil Nog. This happens all the time in college football. A mediocre team upsets one of the top teams and they are still ranked way below the team they beat. The best fighter doesn't always win.
I understand and that's a better system, but those teams also play over a dozen games a year. And yea, I know if the #150 tennis player in the world beats Djokovic, Djokovic stays #1 and #150 might move up to #80, but those guys play a lot of matches. They come much closer to a true long term pecking order.
Fighters have one or two fights a year, sometimes less. So the most recent fight ends up weighing most heavily in the rankings.
Fedor went years without losing, then he lost to Werdum. Suddenly Werdum was ranked #2 and Fedor was ranked #3.
Arlovski was #2 at the time he lost to Brett Rogers (not even Top 20). Suddenly Rogers was in the Top 10 and one rank ahead of Arlovski.
Waggney Fabiano had a nice streak going at one time at FW. Then, out of the blue, he got caught in a triangle by Mackens Semezier. Sure enough, Fabiano (then #3 FW) dropped to #8, and Semezier, who wasn't even Top 100 before that fight, was ranked ahead of Fabiano.
The point of this thread is that putting Rashad over Lil Nog seems to be without any precedence in the MMA world of rankings.
Has there every been a situation where Fighter A beats Fighter B, and then Fighter B is ranked higher immediately after that fight?