Tuesday, August 9, 2022

UFC Rankings Mean For Nothing, It’s a Popularity Contest – Brendan Schaub

Former UFC heavyweight turned podcaster and commentator Brendan Schaub believes that the promotion has destroyed the merit of fighters’ rankings

Schaub believes that the recent culture of ‘money fights’ and fighters such as Georges St-Pierre skipping the queue of their respective division and landing immediate title shots does nothing for the sense of meritocracy in the UFC.

Rather than fights being made according to the position of fighters in their respective divisions, Schaub told viewers on a recent episode of The Big Brown Breakdown that was not the case:

The rankings really don’t matter when you think about rankings when you think about guys who have been awarded these big money fights or guys who have been rumored to fight. Nate Diaz, Nate Diaz/Woodley? That’s out of left field. You had the CM Punk fight, you had these weird experiments and this all…just this big pile of…I should say, this big vat of stew. This entertainment stew…isn’t working. It isn’t working.

I think we’re going to look back on these “money fights” and go “wow, that was a mistake”. No one really takes it seriously anymore. The rankings…the rankings really don’t mean shit. I mean most fans know where they(the fighters) stand. I guess if you’re a common viewer and you see a 4 or a 7 or a 2 or a 3 next to a guy’s name you go, “oh he must be pretty good”. Well if they’re fighting on Fox or the pay per view, you just automatically assume they’re pretty good.

I don’t need when I watch baseball or football, a number next to the guy’s name to assume he’s a goddamn good fighter or football player. We got to assume they’re professionals.”

Shaub believes that the entire rankings system in the UFC should not be completely overhauled, however. Rather, it should be completely done away with:

“So the rankings, especially if you want to do the “money fight” stuff, go out the window. All rankings now are: how…basically, it’s like a high school yearbook. It’s a popularity contest now. How big of a draw are you?

Because the rankings that you see on the UFC website when you go to UFC.com or wherever you want to get your rankings from… Well, the most legit one is UFC.com, right? Because that’s what UFC goes off of. Those do not matter. Because in the heads of the UFC brass they don’t go off those rankings. They go off a popularity contest. It’s very similar to high school. Who’s the most popular, who’s the most controversial, who’s going to get the most eyeballs if we book it.

Then you go, “yeah but that guy’s ranked 7…why would he fight the champ??”. Because we’ll get the most money for it. “Alright but what about 6 through 1?”. No one knows 2, no one knows 3. “I know but they’ve earned it, they deserve it.”. Doesn’t matter.

So the rankings, literally throw ’em out. They do not matter.”

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