As for ranking Rumble why wait? I have a pretty good idea where he stands at and I think 11 represents that better than not ranking him at all. I really dont see the problem ranking a fighter on his ability no matter what weight class he decides to compete in. How many fights does a fighter need in a weight class before you say ok, ill now credit them for being the fighter they already are. Changing a weight class doesnt diminish what a fighter has already done and I choose to factor that in first, its something I can check against and has proven to work so far, so thats still how I do it.
I think its a better system to use. I rank fighters in thier weight class and I dont rank fighters in a weight class they dont compete even if that is the accepted norm either. Thus no Bj Penn at WW.
Semantics aside, if the fights were 15 more pounds, which they likely were as much as Rumble cuts.
However upon looking at it, I found my own argument against the way 11-15 is ranked. I think AJ should be lower, I can see dropping him below Wanderlei on the grounds that Wanderlei now holds top ten vic over Bisping. Which is more legit than a win over top ten Brennemen, at the weight class which is what trumps the argument above. A win over a top ten Brennemen is more legit to me then Lombard who looks better but fights lesser competition and hasnt beaten anyone of note. Leben actually deserves 11 for beating Wanderlei.