The Ultimate Fighting Championship released its first ever official fighter rankings on Monday night and middleweight champion Anderson Silva was named the top pound-for-pound fighter in the organization.
The UFC Fighter Rankings were generated by a select voting panel comprised of media members from around the world. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the in each UFC division as well as pound-for-pound.
A fighter was only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC and a fighter can only appear in one weight division at a time. For example, Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann were both only eligible for the light-heavyweight division, even though they normally compete at middleweight, because they have upcoming fights in the 205-pound division.
The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore were not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions were eligible to be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.
Several Canadians were added to their individual weight classes. In addition to being the top welterweight, Georges St-Pierre was voted No. on the pound-for-pound list. Rory MacDonald was voted in as the No. 4 welterweight, TJ Grant came in as the No. 7 lightweight, and Ivan Menjivar is the No. 10 bantamweight.