USAT/SBN April 2009 MMA Consensus Rankings: Heavyweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last
1 Fedor Emelianenko 100 Affliction 1
2 Josh Barnett 93 Affliction 2
3 Andrei Arlovski 90 Affliction 3
4 Frank Mir 89 UFC 4
5 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 83 UFC 5
6 Brock Lesnar 78 UFC 6
7 Randy Couture 75 UFC 7
8 Tim Sylvia 61 Adrenaline 8
9 Alistair Overeem 56 DREAM 9
10 Shane Carwin 55 UFC 11
11 Fabricio Werdum 38 Strikeforce 10
12 Cheick Kongo 34 UFC 15
13 Junior dos Santos 33 UFC 14
14 Jeff Monson 29 DREAM 22
15 Mirko Filipovic 28 DREAM 13
16 Gabriel Gonzaga 25 UFC 12
17 Antonio Silva 25 WVR 19
18 Ben Rothwell 24 Adrenaline 16
19 Aleksander Emelianenko 22 Free Agent 18
20 Cain Velasquez 20 UFC 21
21 Sergei Kharitonov 20 DREAM 17
21 Roy Nelson 20 Free Agent 20
23 Paul Buentello 17 Affliction 23
24 Heath Herring 16 UFC 24
25 Brett Rogers 16 Strikeforce 28

Rankings compiled by Richard.

There is no other division quite as in the grip of rumor and intrigue as the Heavyweights. A lot of this has to do with the uncertain fate of Affliction which controls the top three fighters in the division. #1 Fedor Emelianenko may fight #14 Jeff Monson at DREAM.10 but then again he may fight #9 Alistair Overeem. #3 Andrei Arlovski might fight #2 Josh Barnett on that same card or he may retire from MMA to box professionally. Don't hold your breath.

An alternate reality has Overeem defending his Strikeforce belt from #25 Brett Rogers at the June Strikeforce show. They have also signed #11 Fabricio Werdum but no word on what his first match will be.

Even more of the chaos is due to Zuffa's relatively weak grip on the division. Only 5 of the top 10 and 10 of the top 25 are under contract to the UFC. The final installment of the UFC mini-tournament will pit #4 Frank Mir against #6 Brock Lesnar will take place on July 11th at UFC 100. The opening round losers #5 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and #7 Randy Couture will meet at UFC 102.

#8 Tim Sylvia will next fight in a boxing match against ought-to-retire-already former champ Ray Mercer. w00t!

#10 Shane Carwin and #12 Cheick Kongo are both awaiting the winner of the Lesnar/Mir title fight. #13 Junior do Santos will have to dispatch the unranked Justin McCully before he gets a contender match.

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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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