USAT/SBN June 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 225 WEC 1
2 Manny Gamburyan 211 WEC 2
3 Mike Brown 197 WEC 4
3 Urijah Faber 197 WEC 3
5 Bibiano Fernandes 176 DREAM 5
6 Hatsu Hioki 169 WVR 6
7 Marlon Sandro 157 WVR 8
8 Michihiro Omigawa 154 Astra 7
9 Josh Grispi 150 WEC 10
10 Masanori Kanehara 124 WVR 9
11 Rafael Assuncao 106 WEC 11
12 Deividas Taurosevicius 88 WEC 14
13 Leonard Garcia 87 WEC 13
14 Yuji Hoshino 84 WVR 15
15 L.C. Davis 83 WEC 12
16 Hiroyuki Takaya 77 DREAM 24
17 Mark Hominick 65 WEC 20
17 Chad Mendes 65 WEC 17
19 Joe Soto 55 Bellator 21
20 Joachim Hansen 54 DREAM 18
21 Joe Warren 50 Bellator 21
22 Takafumi Otsuka 47 DEEP 19
23 Takeshi Inoue 46 Shooto 16
24 Kazuyuki Miyata 42 DREAM 27
25 Diego Nunes 40 WEC NR

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

Another division with no major movement in June. The biggest deal was probably #7 Marlon Sandro making short work of #10 Masanori Kanehara at Sengoku Raiden Championships.

#9 Josh Grispi is also enjoying a minor bump coming off his WEC 49 win over #15 L.C. Davis.

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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