USAT/SBN July MMA Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 250 WEC 1
2 Brian Bowles 236 WEC 2
3 Joseph Benavidez 233 WEC 3
4 Miguel Torres 212 WEC 4
5 Scott Jorgensen 208 WEC 5
6 Takeya Mizugaki 191 WEC 6
7 Masakatsu Ueda 159 Shooto 7
8 Rani Yahya 144 WEC 9
9 Damacio Page 140 WEC 11
10 Wagnney Fabiano 136 WEC 8
11 Shuichiro Katsumura 123 Shooto 13
12 Charlie Valencia 115 WEC 10
12 Masakazu Imanari 115 DEEP 12
14 Eddie Wineland 94 WEC 16
15 Brad Pickett 89 WEC 15
16 Akitoshi Tamura 85 WEC 14
17 Abel Cullum 82 KOTC 17
18 Antonio Banuelos 74 WEC 18
19 Michael McDonald 42 Taichi Palace Fights NR
20 Cole Escovedo 38 DREAM 20
21 Jeff Curran 31 Bellator 19
21 Ian Loveland 31 WEC 23
23 Clint Godfrey 29 WEC 22
24 Kenji Osawa 28 DREAM 25
25 Nick Mamalis 27 Bellator NR

#1 Dominick Cruz sits atop the bantamweight rankings as he awaits a rematch with #3 Joseph Benavidez at WEC 50.

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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