What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news. For first time visitors a more in-depth explanation of what the PeekScore is, and how to increase your own, can be found by clicking through here.
If you were to lurk around Twitter, sniffing for MMA fighters, you’d quickly know that the gentle, poetic brutes of MMA (or, Mixed Martial Arts) have plenty to say in 140 characters or less. Their various whereabouts, and their thoughts and musings on any number of subjects are all well documented on websites, blogs, Facebooks, and MySpaces, scattered across the ether, and their gratitude to their fans is perpetually being expressed in nearly real time. Simply, MMA is a sport where the athletes are incredibly active online, where the sport’s rapid ascent in popularity is clearly partially attributable to the accessibility of its fighters (both online and off), and where – among its athletes – a large digital footprint is the norm.
MMA’s success to date has been (beyond the desire on makind’s part to witness such contests) attributable to the accessibility of MMA’s fighters, both via public appearances and on the internet. It is no coincidence that MMA’s recent, rapid ascent in popularity has corresponded with social media’s rise to ubiquity. Like the purveyors of other formerly niche – and now mainstream – concerns before them, both the promoters and fighters of MMA have masterfully utilized the internet to find the audience who would most be interested in what they have to offer. The individual fighters have been able to establish and control their own backstories, bios, and public personae, and really build the sport as one first and foremost driven by personalities, and one where fans will become personally invested in their favorite fighters as people, and not merely as athletes.
So, with this in mind, we’re taking this opportunity to look at those MMA fighters – both active and retired – who are most prominent here in the ether, and pit them against each other not in the hexagon, but instead on one of our PeekScore lists. This isn’t about their varying degrees of dominance in the ring, nor even about their celebrities out in the world at large. Here we’re comparing their prominences and impacts in cyberspace, or their “digital footprints” (a concept you will find explained in brief above, or more in depth by clicking through here).
||Georges St-Pierre||St-Pierre is the current UFC Welterweight Champion.||9.07 / 10.00|
||Anderson Silva||Silva is the current UFC Middleweight Champion.||8.80 / 10.00|
||Chuck Liddell||Now retired, this UFC Hall of Famer recently appeared on Dancing with the Stars.||8.50 / 10.00|
||Randy Couture||Now retired from MMA, Couture is a three-time former UFC Heavyweight, and two-time former UFC Light-Heavyweight champion.||8.38 / 10.00|
||Vitor Belfort||Vitor is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.||8.30 / 10.00|
||Jon Bones Jones||Jon Bones Jones is the current UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion.||8.21 / 10.00|
||Tito Ortiz||Along with Couture and Liddell, Ortiz is one of the sport’s earliest stars. A former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, he is now the CEO of the Punishment Athletics MMA equipment and clothing line.||8.20 / 10.00|
||Junior dos Santos||Junior dos Santos is currently ranked the number one heavyweight in the world, by numerous outlets.||8.19 / 10.00|
||Chael Sonnen||Sonnen was an NCAA Division I All-American wrestler at the University of Oregon, and a silver medalist at the 2000 Greco-Roman World University Championships.||8.18 / 10.00|
||BJ Penn||Penn was the first non-Brazilian winner of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the black-belt category, as well as a former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion.||8.15 / 10.00|
||Forrest Griffin||Forrest is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.||8.14 / 10.00|
||Jason Miller||The flamboyant “Mayhem” Miller is the host of MTV’s Bully Beatdown.||8.11 / 10.00|
||Wanderlei Silva||Silva is the former IVC Light heavyweight Champion, former PRIDE Middleweight Champion, and the 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament Winner.||8.06 / 10.00|
||Rashad Evans||Evans was the heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 2.||8.06 / 10.00|
||Quinton Jackson||Rampage Jackson is a former UFC Light-Heavyweight title holder, and one of the stars of that A-Team movie which came out a year, or so, ago.||8.05 / 10.00|
||Roy Nelson||The winner of Season 10 of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter, Nelson was also the last International Fight League Heavyweight Champion.||8.04 / 10.00|
||Rich Franklin||Franklin is the former UFC Middleweight Champion.||8.03 / 10.00|
||Demian Maia||Maia currently fights as a welterweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.||7.99 / 10.00|
||Rodrigo Nogueira||Former Lineal Mixed Martial Arts Champions||7.93 / 10.00|
||Frankie Edgar||Edgar has never been finished in MMA competition.||7.92 / 10.00|
||Mauricio Rua||Rua is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.||7.81 / 10.00|
||Urijah Faber||Faber is the former WEC featherweight champion.||7.65 / 10.00|