USAT/SBN November 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Heavyweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Cain Velasquez 347 UFC 1
2 Brock Lesnar 319 UFC 2
3 Fedor Emelianenko 309 M-1/Strikeforce 3
4 Fabricio Werdum 305 Strikeforce 4
5 Junior dos Santos 298 UFC 5
6 Shane Carwin 290 UFC 5
7 Frank Mir 266 UFC 7
8 Alistair Overeem 263 Strikeforce 8
9 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 245 UFC 9
10 Antonio Silva 178 Strikeforce 10
11 Josh Barnett 160 Strikeforce 11
12 Brett Rogers 133 Warrior-1 MMA 12
13 Brendan Schaub 103 UFC 13
14 Roy Nelson 93 UFC 16
15 Cheick Kongo 80 UFC 14
16 Andrei Arlovski 80 Strikeforce 15
17 Ben Rothwell 75 UFC 19
18 Pedro Rizzo 72 Impact Fighting Championship 21
19 Aleksander Emelianenko 70 Azerbaijan Pankration Federation 20
19 Mirko Filipovic 70 UFC 18
19 Gabriel Gonzaga 70 UFC 17
22 Cole Konrad 64 Bellator 25
23 Mike Russow 61 UFC 26
24 Tim Sylvia 56 Powerhouse Wolrd Promotions 22
25 Stefan Struve 51 UFC 23

November was an utterly uneventful month for the heavyweight division. New UFC champ #1 Cain Velasquez did some media appearances. #2 Brock Lesnar went hunting and hasn't been heard from since. #3 Fedor Emelianenko continued his endless contract renegotiations with Strikeforce. #4 Fabricio Werdum did some rehab and also renegotiated with Strikeforce.

#10 Antonio Silva will be fighting this Saturday against Mike Kyle at Strikeforce: Henderson vs Sobral. #8 Alistair Overeem will be participating in the K-1 2010 GP on December 11. #25 Stefan Struve will face Sean McCorkle at UFC 124 on the same date.

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.


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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