Rankings in combat sports are a lot like concrete sidewalks in New York City. They’re all different, and there’s something inescapably wrong with all of them. Rankings are incredibly elitist and unfounded to suggest that one fighter is ‘better’ than another by referring to their skillsets in a non-tangible means of comparison. What that means is, your pound-for-pound lists are meaningless to us. In our eyes, you’re either on the MiddleEasy Frate Trane list, or you aren’t. What defines a Frate Trane? Well, anything we want it to, because if other websites can make up lists based on nothing, so can we. According to our rankings, Alistair Overeem dominates the Frate Trane world and until someone beats him definitively, he’ll continue to live atop that list, hanging out with Anderson Silva and Mark Hunt. In our imagination, they watch each other’s children and play recreational games of soccer in a fictional backyard. They also drink nothing but orange Tang.
We’re not sure what Vinny Magalhaes drinks in his spare time, but when he’s competing in MMA, he’s damn near Frate Trane status. At UFC 152, he faces off with Igor Pokrajac in what he hopes to make his sixth straight victory by stoppage, but more importantly, it would bring him one step closer to bumping Ben Askren or Benson Henderson off our Frate Trane list. Until then, he ranks himself dead last in the UFC light heavyweight division. That’s something we don’t hear everyday, so we have the video of him saying it himself for your Thursday afternoon break from whatever it was you were doing.