USAT/SBN November 2009 Consensus MMA Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Mike Brown 100 WEC 1
2 Urijah Faber 90 WEC 2
3 Jose Aldo 84 WEC 3
4 Bibiano Fernandes 75 DREAM 5
5 Hatsu Hioki 73 WVR 4
6 Leonard Garcia 71 WEC 7
7 Rafael Assuncao 59 WEC 6
8 Marlon Sandro 55 WVR 11
9 Michihiro Omigawa 54 WVR 19
10 Mackens Semerzier 48 WEC 10
11 Hiroyuki Takaya 46 DREAM 12
12 Wagnney Fabiano 43 WEC 8
12 Josh Grispi 43 WEC 13
14 Masanori Kanehara 39 WVR 17
15 Takeshi Inoue 37 Vale Tudo Japan 9
16 Joe Soto 34 Tachi Palace Fights 15
17 Yuji Hoshino 31 WVR 14
18 Norifumi Yamamoto 26 DREAM 16
19 Takafumi Otsuka 25 DEEP 18
20 Joe Warren 20 DREAM 26
21 Jameel Massouh 19 WEC 19
22 Deividas Taurosevicius 17 WEC NR
23 Chan Sung Jung 15 WVR 30
24 Luis Palomino 15 G-Force Fights NR
25 Masakazu Imanari 14 DEEP 22
25 Kazuyuki Miyata 14 DREAM 25

Old Man Strength still rules the day.

American Top Team's #1 Mike Thomas Brown may be 34 but continues to be the top-ranked fighter in MMA's featherweight division. As of the time of this writing, he is set to defend his title against #3 Jose Aldo at WEC 44 on November 18th in Las Vegas. As many have suggested, no one has truly challenged the Novia Uniao black belt, but the rising Aldo has also never faced the type of fighter that Brown is nor this level of competitor in professional MMA.

If you follow him on Twitter, then you know #2 Urijah Faber is back in the gym and training like a mad man after breaking his hand against #1 Mike Brown in their epic rematch. The Team Alpha Male leader is set to take on #7 Rafael Assuncao at WEC 46.

Making a monster leap into the top five for the second time is DREAM's Featherweight Grand Prix winner #4 Bibiano Fernandes who bested Joe Warren and #11 Hiroyuki Takaya at DREAM's October 6th show.

"The Iron Broomstick" in #5 Hatsu Hioki drops a spot after getting robbed by the judges in his loss to #9 Michihiro Omigawa at Sengoku's November 7th show. Omigawa was supposed to challenge #14 Masanori Kanehara for the title on New Year's Eve, but no word yet as to whether the bout is scrapped.

After besting #21 Jameel Massouh at WEC 42, Greg Jackson-product #6 Leonard Garcia climbs one spot to six. As of the time of this writing, he is set to take on recent featherweight convert Manny Gamburyan at WEC 44.

Landing himself back in the top ten is the Featherweight King of Pancrase #8 Marlon Sandro. After being robbed in a decision loss to Omigawa, the Brazilian rebounded at Sengoku's November show where he knocked out #17 Yuji Hoshino in the first round.

After a shocking triangle choke win, #10 Mackens Semerzier is still sitting in the top ten by besting Novia Unaio product #12 Wagnney Fabiano at WEC 43. As for Semerzier, we don't know when he'll return to action, but it's likely to be sooner rather than later as he sustained virtually no damage in his WEC debut.


Based on the premise that all MMA rankings are subjective but that it’s still useful and informative to know who the online MMA community as a whole ranks as the best fighters in MMA, we collect and average the rankings of the top MMA websites to produce our consensus rankings.

We compile the top MMA rankings from each of our sources and award 25 points for a first place ranking, 16 for a 10th place ranking, 1 for a 25th place ranking. A formula is used to "normalize" the data so all fighters are awarded points from those lists that do not include a full 25 fighters. This formula ensures that each ranking site awards the same number of total points regardless of how many fighters they choose to rank. Each fighter’s total is divided by the number of possible points to determine their standing in the Consensus Rankings.

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