USAT/SBN December 2010 Consensus MMA Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 100 UFC 1
2 Mike Brown 90 UFC 3
2 Manny Gamburyan 90 UFC 2
4 Marlon Sandro 87 WVR 4
5 Bibiano Fernandes 80 DREAM 5
6 Michihiro Omigawa 77 UFC 6
7 Josh Grispi 73 UFC 7
8 Hatsu Hioki 71 WVR 8
9 Joe Warren 49 Bellator 9
10 Masanori Kanehara 42 WVR 11
11 Mark Hominick 41 UFC 11
12 Chad Mendes 40 UFC 13
13 Urijah Faber 36 UFC 10
14 Diego Nunes 35 UFC 14
15 Hiroyuki Takaya 29 DREAM 15
16 Yuji Hoshino 26 WVR 16
17 L.C. Davis 25 UFC 17
17 Rafael Assuncao 25 UFC 18
19 Joachim Hansen 21 Superior Challenge 19
20 Kazuyuki Miyata 20 DREAM 21
20 Deividas Taurosevicius 20 Bellator 20
22 Leonard Garcia 18 UFC 22
23 Joe Soto 17 Bellator 23
24 Wilson Reis 15 Bellator 24
25 George Roop 13 UFC 27

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

Champ #1 Jose Aldo was supposed to co-headline UFC 125 against #7 Josh Grispi but he injured his back. Now Grispi is fighting the utterly unheralded Dustin Poirier and may not even get a title shot with a win.

Dana White has hinted that Aldo would be returning sooner than expected but no word on who will challenge for his belt.

#4 Marlon Sandro will defend his belt against #8 Hatsu Hioki later today. A win could cement Sandro's status as the top featherweight fighter outside the UFC.

Dream champ #5 Bibiano Fernandes will defend his title at Dynamite!! 2010 against #15 Hiroyuki Takaya. #6 Michihiro Omigawa's return to the UFC was announced immediately following his failure to get a crack at the Dream title.

Bellator champ #9 Joe Warren will be returning to Greco-Roman competition in 2011 so his MMA schedule is unknown.

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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