USAT/SBN October 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight


Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 100 WEC 1
2 Brian Bowles 95 WEC 2
3 Joseph Benavidez 91 WEC 3
4 Scott Jorgensen 87 WEC 4
5 Miguel Torres 85 WEC 5
6 Takeya Mizugaki 77 WEC 6
7 Wagnney Fabiano 62 WEC 7
8 Masakatsu Ueda 61 Shooto 9
9 Damacio Page 59 WEC 8
10 Rani Yahya 52 WEC 11
11 Masakazu Imanari 43 DEEP 12
12 Antonio Banuelos 42 WEC 16
13 Charlie Valencia 40 WEC 10
14 Eddie Wineland 39 WEC 14
15 Brad Pickett 38 WEC 13
16 Akitoshi Tamura 34 Shooto 15
17 Shuichiro Katsumura 27 Shooto 17
18 Abel Cullum 21 KOTC 19
19 Zack Makovsky 20 Bellator 20
20 Michael McDonald 20 Tachi Palace Fights 18
21 Darren Uyenoyama 14 Shooto 21
22 Jimmie Rivera 13 KOTC 24
22 Yoshiro Maeda 13 DEEP 38
24 Ian Loveland 13 Wreck MMA 22
25 Jeff Curran 12 Bellator 25

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

Obviously the big news in this division is that the winner of WEC 53's fight between #1 Dominick Cruz and #4 Scott Jorgensen will be the first ever UFC bantamweight champion.

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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.

We are now moving to what JCS of Fight Matrix has described as assumed rankings in an attempt to rank fighters who move between weight classes. This has been the biggest problem with the consensus rankings and we believe this new methodology will rectify that.

Let's take Anderson Silva for instance. 87% (13 of 15) of our panelists have him at Light Heavyweight and 100% (15 of 15) at Middleweight. On the 13 ballots that ranked Silva at 205, we took the average (21.2). We then reduced that number by half the percentage of Light Heavyweight ballots that he was not included on. Say he's not on 30% of them, then we do a 15% penalty on the average that we found in the previous step. That number is then used instead of the usual "normalization number" to provide points from those not ranking the fighter in the weight class in question. This avoids fighters being excessively penalized by confusion about which weight class they belong.
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