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Lightweight rankings are skewed towards Japan

I’m not the only one who was amazed to see Shinya Aoki in the number 1 lightweight spot over at MMA Weekly. So was 5 Ounces’ Cindy Brady:

Aoki’s biggest wins that could be used as weight in an argument for him being the best lightweight in the world came over Eddie Alvarez and Joachim Hansen, two other men that are mysteriously in just about everyone’s lightweight top ten rankings. Alvarez’ biggest win recently came over Hansen, who’s biggest win was over Aoki, who recently defeated Alvarez. It’s like this great big triangle of lightweight ranking insanity. I guess you could throw Gesias Calvancante into Aoki’s recent list of relevant wins, but that wouldn’t make for a really good triangle now would it. Calvancante is another one that causes me to scratch my head as far as the top ten status goes, but I’ll get to that. I’ve got a lot on my chest.

It is interesting to note that Japanese organizations have generally gotten more props for their lightweights than the UFC … this goes back to the fact that for many years the UFC didn’t have a lightweight division and Japan’s was deep like a motherfucker. Unfortunately now it seems like Japan is still getting more preference even though it now exists in a crazy bubble where squash matches are regular and the best are dropping fights to each other on a pretty regular basis.

I’m not going to pretend I know what the rankings should be … that’s why I stay the fuck out of ranking arguments and just stick to my Zorgon rule. But I will say that Japan’s lightweight divisions is getting overvalued compared to the UFC’s. Take the top 5 in DREAM and put them up against the top 5 in the UFC, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the UFC get at least 3 out of 5. At least.