USAT/SBN June 2009 MMA Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Mike Brown 100 WEC 1
2 Urijah Faber 96 WEC 2
3 Wagnney Fabiano 90 WEC 3
4 Jose Aldo 85 WEC 6
5 Hatsu Hioki 83 WVR 4
6 Takeshi Inoue 70 Shooto 7
7 Leonard Garcia 66 WEC 5
8 Marlon Sandro 52 WVR 10
9 Dokonjonosuke Mishima 51 DEEP 8
10 Rafael Assuncao 46 WEC 9
11 Norifumi Yamamoto 34 DREAM 25
12 Bibiano Fernandes 29 DREAM 13
13 Josh Grispi 28 WEC 17
14 Yuji Hoshino 24 GCM 11
15 Joe Warren 22 DREAM 15
16 Michihiro Omigawa 20 WVR 16
17 Mark Hominick 19 Affliction 23
18 Masakazu Imanari 19 DREAM 12
19 Cub Swanson 18 WEC 14
20 Hiroyuki Takaya 17 DREAM 18
21 Joe Soto 15 Bellator 44
22 Dominic Cruz 14 WEC 26
23 Joseph Benavidez 14 WEC 28
24 Antonio Carvalho 13 GCM 19
25 Masanori Kanehara 13 WVR 27

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

We've been keeping track of the movers and shakers in the feather and bantamweight divisions, so why not rank them as well? Don't expect these divisional rankings to appear in the print edition of USA Today just yet, but these are officially part of the USAT/SBN Consensus MMA Rankings.

So how does the division stack up? #1 ranked Mike Brown holds steady at the top of the heap after his epic rematch with #2 Urijah Faber. Faber's out for the foreseeable future with the broken hand injury, but its being rumored than #4 Jose Aldo could be next in line for a title shot.

But that complicates matters for #3 featherweight Wagnney Fabiano - Aldo's teammate. Another scenario that could play out is Aldo dropping to bantamweight to potentially contend for a title there. No one knows for sure though and a Brown vs. Aldo fight would not only be compelling, but a deserved challenge from the top contender in the division.

#5 Hatsu Hioki just recently finished training with Kenny Florian in the United States as Florian prepares for BJ Penn at UFC 101 and Hioki moves onto the semifinals of the Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix where he'll lock horns with #25 Masanori Kanehara.

Takeshi Inoue holds steady at #6 after two solid performances against Hideki Kadowaki and Rumina Sato in Shooto. Leonard Garcia hangs on to the #7 spot after the dismantling he took at the hands of Mike Brown. Garcia looks to rebound at WEC 42 when he takes on Jameel Massouh.

Dokonjonosuke Mishima may not be the most active since leaving the UFC, but he is at least winning fights. He holds the #8 spot after two solid victories over leg lock expert #18 Masakazu Imanari and Toshiaki Kitada in DEEP. It should be noted, however, he has not competed in 2009.

Rafael Assuncao sits at the #9 perch after defeating Jameel Massouh back at WEC 40 in April. Last, but certainly not least, King of Pancrase at Featherweight, Marlon Sandro, rounds out the top 10. Sandro has looked impressive in the Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix, stopping both Nick Denis and Matt Jaggers in dominating fashion. He heads into that tournament's semi-finals where he'll take on #16 Michihiro Omigawa.

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