USAT/SBN December 2010 Consensus MMA Rankings: Bantamweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 100 UFC 1
2 Brian Bowles 93 UFC 2
3 Joseph Benavidez 92 UFC 3
4 Scott Jorgensen 85 UFC 4
5 Miguel Torres 83 UFC 5
6 Urijah Faber 71 UFC 6
7 Takeya Mizugaki 67 UFC 7
8 Brad Pickett 54 UFC 12
9 Wagnney Fabiano 51 UFC 8
10 Masakatsu Ueda 49 Shooto 9
11 Rani Yahya 40 UFC 10
12 Masakazu Imanari 39 DEEP 13
13 Demetrious Johnson 39 UFC 14
14 Damacio Page 38 UFC 11
15 Eddie Wineland 36 UFC 15
16 Antonio Banuelos 30 UFC 16
17 Charlie Valencia 29 UFC 17
18 Michael McDonald 26 UFC 18
19 Akitoshi Tamura 22 WVR 19
19 Shuichiro Katsumura 22 Shooto 20
21 Zack Makovsky 18 Bellator 21
22 Abel Cullum 17 KOTC 22
23 Darren Uyenoyama 16 Shooto 23
24 Yoshiro Maeda 12 DEEP 25
25 Takafumi Otsuka 11 DEEP 26

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

#1 Dominick Cruz beat #4 Scott Jorgensen soundly at WEC 53 but it made no impact on the rankings. That's what happens when the outcome is expected.

No word on who's next for Cruz with former WEC featherweight champ #6 Urijah Faber facing former BW champ #15 Eddie Wineland at UFC 128. That presumably kills the possibility of Faber and Cruz or possibly #5 Miguel Torres coaching the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.

#13 Demetrious Johnson will welcome Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto to the UFC at UFC 126. If Yamamoto can get past the formidable Johnson, expect him to be on the fast track to title contention despite his currently unranked status.

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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