Who Really Are The Top Heavyweights of All Time in MMA? A New Formula.

A lot of people talk about who the greatest Heavyweight of all time might be.  It seems the consensus is that title belong to Fedor fedor-emelianenko1Emelianneko.  I created a metric to try to find an objective top-20 heavyweight of all time list.  Here is the criteria or formula I used

50 pts top 5 all time HW
40 pts top 6-10 all time HW
30 pts 11-20 all time HW
30 pts top 10 lower weight class
25 pts 21-25 all time HW
15 pts good name HW
15 pts good name lower weight class
15 pts for a draw against a big name
30 pts UFC/PRIDE/SF Title
10 pts Defense of UFC/PRIDE/Strikeforce Title
5 pts Title Fight

Obviously any formula excludes an eye test.  It rewards longevity.  So, if I was making a ranking list it might not go just like this, but we certainly get an idea based on accomplishments in the cage.

1. Fedor Emelianenko
Key Wins: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (x2), Kazuyuki Fijita, Mark Coleman (x2), Mark Hunt, Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, Pedro Rizzo, Matt Lindland, Gary Goodridge, Ricardo Arona, Semmy Schilt, Babalu Sobral, Heath Herring

Metric Score: 650

2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Key Wins: Gary Goodridge, Mark Coleman, Heath Herring, Bob Sapp, Dan Henderson, Semmy Schilt, Ricco Rodriguez, Mirko Cro Cop Sergei Kharitonov, Fabricio Werdum, Josh Barnett, Tim Sylvia, Randy Couture

Metric Score: 575

3. Mirko Cro Cop
Key Wins: Josh Barnett (x2), Igor Vovanchyn, Wanderlei Silva (x2), Kazushi Sakuraba, Kazuyuki Jujita (x2), Heath Herring, Aleksander Emelianenko, Mark Coleman

Metric Score: 455

4. Junior Dos Santos
Key Wins: Cain Velasques, Fabricio Werdum, Frank Mir, Mirko Cro Cop, Mark Hunt, Shane Carwin, Stipe Miocic, Roy Nelson, Gilbert Yvel

Metric Score: 395

5. Fabricio Werdum
Key Wins: Fedor Emelianenko, Mark Hunt, Roy Nelson, Alistair Overeem, Brandon Vera, Aleksander Emelianenko, Gabriel Gonzaga (x2), Mark Hunt, Travis Browne, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Metric Score: 390

6. Frank Mir
Key Wins: Tim Sylvia, Brock Lesnar, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (x2), Mirko Cro Cop

Metric Score: 370

7. Cain Velasquez
Key Wins: Junior Dos Santos (x2), Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Bigfoot Silva (x2), Brock Lesnar, Ben Rothwell, Cheick Kongo

Metric Score: 350

8. Josh Barnett
Key Wins: Frank Mir, Sergei Kharitonov, Pedro Rizzo, Jeff Monson, Gilbert Yvel, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mark Hunt, Aleksander Emelianenko, Semmy Schilt, Randy Couture, Dan Severn

Metric Score: 350

9. Alistair Overeem

Key Wins: Frank Mir, Brock Lesnar, Fabricio Werdum, Brett Rogers, Kasuyuki Fujita, Gary Goodridge, Mark Hunt, Vitor Belfort (x2), Sergei Kharitonov

 Metric Score: 345

10. Andrei Arlovski
Key Wins: Bigfoot Silva, Tim Sylvia, Brendan Schaub,

Metric Score: 315

11. Mark Coleman
Key Wins: Gary Goodridge, Don Frye, Dan Severn, Igor Vovanchyn, Shogun Rua

Metric Score: 310

12. Tim Sylvia
Key Wins: Ricco Rodriguez, Andrei Arlovski (x2), Jeff Monson, Brandon Vera

Metric Score: 295

13. Pedro Rizzo

Key Wins: Ken Shamrock,  Jeff Monson (x2), Gary Goodridge, Ricco Rodriguez, Andrei Arlovski, Josh Barnett, Dan Severn, Tank Abbott, Mark Coleman

Metric Score: 285

14. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva

Key Wins: Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, Travis Browne, Andrei Arlovski, Ricco Rodriguez

Metric Score: 260

15. Dan Severn

Key Wins: Oleg Taktarov (x2), Ken Shamrock, Tank Abbott, Paul Buentello

Metric Score: 260

16. Ken Shamrock

Key Wins: Bas Rutten (x2), Patrick Smith, Masakatsu Funaki (x2), Maurice Smith, Dan Severn

Metric Score: 240

17. Randy Couture

Key Wins: Vitor Belfort, Maurice Smith, Vitor Belfort, Kevin Randleman, Tim Sylvia Pedro Rizzo, Gabriel Gonzaga

Metric Score: 220

**Note: We graded Couture as a Heavyweight only here and did not factor in his wins at LHW

18. Bas Rutten

Key Wins: Frank Shamrock (x2), kevin Randleman, Masakatsu Funaki, Guy Mezger

Metric Score: 220

19. Brock Lesnar

Key Wins: Shane Carwin, Frank Mir, Randy Couture, Heath Herring

Metric Score: 170

20. Mark Hunt

Key Wins: Wanderlei Silva, Mirko Cro Cop, Roy Nelson, Ben Rothwell, Cheick Kongo

Metric Score: 170

 

 

 

 

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