Emelianenko heads May's MMA heavyweight rankings
When current WEC matchmaker
In June 2001, the MMA Media Top 10, which at the time consisted of a small group of people who spent their time covering the underground sport, featured five weight divisions based on the just-established classes created in California and adopted in New Jersey. Division leaders at the time included
One thing that hasn't changed when it comes to rankings: promoters whining about them. The latest to take shots is UFC president
His biggest gripe: the placement on heavyweight and pound-for-pound lists of Russian
Everywhere I look these days new rankings are popping up, which is good. Clearly, fans and media have an opinion to express -- even with best intentions, rankings based on results aren't much more than informed opinion. The picture does get muddy once in a while, but with a little work one can find a broad consensus, including Emelianenko at No. 1. After defeating Nogueira at Pride 25 to win the Japanese organization's coveted title, all Emelianenko has done is go 18-0. Included in this stretch: five victories over men who held a UFC belt. How, exactly, can any reasonable person take White seriously and depose Emelianenko in favor of the current UFC champion, 4-1
I can't. Not yet, though June will be telling.
Emelianenko returns to action on June 26 against No. 9 ranked
I know how we can settle this. Presuming Emelianenko does to Werdum what he's done to everyone else, put him and the Lesnar-Carwin winner in a cage somewhere. Simple, right? Until fans and media demand the UFC get off its nonsensical prohibition of co-promotion, fans -- and the sport -- will continue to lose out on very important fights. Instead we'll have to endure foolishness about corrupt rankings.
If White is so sure Emelianenko isn't MMA's top heavyweight, why not just make a fight with his champion against the Russian? He'll get run over, White will be vindicated and we'll be done with it.