When Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) decided it was time to put out its first-ever mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter rankings, it sent the fight community into a fit.
The rankings, which according to Chael Sonnen, are made up by ‘a bunch of media guys who don’t know a ton about the sport,’ are divided up in all of the UFC's weight classes, including a pound-for-pound ranking, which allows fans and fighters to see just where they rank compared to their competition.
Now, UFC featherweight contender Cub Swanson, has joined "The American Gangster" in expressing his disapproval of the rankings, in particularly where he lands (see it here) among the elite 145-pound fighters in the world.
His words to the The Telegraph:
"I don't feel like Dennis Siver did enough to get up that high. He wasn't ranked that high in the lightweight division. And he hasn't fought the toughest guys. I feel the same with the Zombie. I don't know. Poirier was up there but after he lost, he got bumped back a bit, but he's definitely top 10. I should definitely be ranked higher than him right now. Seeing as my only loss in the UFC is to Ricardo Lamas, I should be higher. People write that I got destroyed by Lamas, but if you look back at that fight, I was winning it, but I made a mistake, and he caught me. I've worked not to let that happen again."
Cub, who is ranked No. 6 in the featherweight division, is currently riding a three fight win streak with knockout victories over George Roop, Ross Pearson and Charles Oliveira. His lone loss in the division under the UFC banner came to the aforementioned Lamas, who many now consider to be the next contender to Jose Aldo's throne.
You can make a case for Swanson's argument, though, seeing as how his original opponent at UFC on Fuel TV: "Barao vs. MacDonald," Denis Siver, who is ranked one spot above him at No. 5, only has two unanimous decision wins in the division since dropping down from lightweight.
Nevertheless, the Jackson-Winkeljohn trained fighter can jump up in the next edition of the UFC's rankings should he defeat No. 7 ranked Dustin Poirier, who stepped in for Siver after he was forced out due to undisclosed reasons, on Feb. 16, 2013 in London, England.
Should Swanson be ranked higher than the No. 6 spot? Can we expect more fighters to come out and make a case for their position in the rankings?
Does it even matter?