USAT/SBN November 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 325 UFC 1
2 Manny Gamburyan 292 UFC 3
3 Mike Brown 291 UFC 2
4 Marlon Sandro 280 WVR 5
5 Bibiano Fernandes 263 DREAM 6
6 Michihiro Omigawa 246 DREAM 7
7 Josh Grispi 235 UFC 8
8 Hatsu Hioki 233 WVR 9
9 Joe Warren 163 Bellator 10
10 Urijah Faber 159 UFC 4
11 Masanori Kanehara 130 WVR 11
11 Mark Hominick 130 UFC 13
13 Chad Mendes 125 UFC 19
14 Diego Nunes 111 UFC 20
15 Hiroyuki Takaya 88 DREAM 16
16 Yuji Hoshino 84 WVR 15
17 L.C. Davis 81 UFC 12
18 Rafael Assuncao 80 UFC 18
19 Joachim Hansen 70 Superior Challenge 22
20 Deividas Taurosevicius 66 Bellator 16
21 Kazuyuki Miyata 65 DREAM 21
22 Leonard Garcia 61 UFC 14
23 Joe Soto 56 Bellator 23
24 Wilson Reis 51 Bellator 25
25 Takeshi Inoue 42 DREAM 24

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

#1 Jose Aldo was supposed to be making his first UFC title defence against #7 Josh Grispi at UFC 125, but alas, injuries have forced the champ to postpone the fight.

Considering that the UFC just got into the Featherweight business, it's pretty impressive that they have 5 of the top 10 and 16 of the top 25 under contract.


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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