USAT/SBN November 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 325 UFC 1
2 Brian Bowles 301 UFC 2
3 Joseph Benavidez 299 UFC 3
4 Scott Jorgensen 280 UFC 4
5 Miguel Torres 271 UFC 5
6 Urijah Faber 268 UFC NR
7 Takeya Mizugaki 221 UFC 6
8 Wagnney Fabiano 170 UFC 7
9 Masakatsu Ueda 167 Shooto 8
10 Rani Yahya 146 UFC 10
11 Damacio Page 145 UFC 9
12 Brad Pickett 140 UFC 15
13 Masakazu Imanari 122 DEEP 11
14 Demetrious Johnson 119 UFC 40
15 Eddie Wineland 105 UFC 14
16 Antonio Banuelos 94 UFC 12
17 Charlie Valencia 91 UFC 13
18 Michael McDonald 84 UFC 20
19 Akitoshi Tamura 71 WVR 16
20 Shuichiro Katsumura 70 Shooto 17
21 Zack Makovsky 59 Bellator 19
22 Abel Cullum 54 KOTC 18
23 Darren Uyenoyama 51 Shooto 21
24 Ian Loveland 47 Wreck MMA 24
25 Yoshiro Maeda 43 DEEP 22

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

#1 Dominick Cruz may be the champ, but #6 Urijah Faber is already the biggest star in the bantamweight division on the heels of his debut divisional win over #7 Takeya Mizugaki at WEC 52.

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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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