USAT/SBN July MMA Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 300 WEC 1
2 Manny Gamburyan 277 WEC 2
3 Mike Brown 264 WEC 3
4 Urijah Faber 263 WEC 3
5 Marlon Sandro 237 WVR 7
6 Bibiano Fernandes 230 DREAM 5
7 Hatsu Hioki 219 WVR 6
8 Josh Grispi 217 WEC 9
9 Michihiro Omigawa 205 DREAM 8
10 Masanori Kanehara 140 WVR 10
11 L.C. Davis 106 WEC 15
12 Deividas Taurosevicius 105 WEC 12
13 Yuji Hoshino 99 WVR 14
14 Leonard Garcia 97 WEC 13
15 Diego Nunes 97 WEC 25
16 Rafael Assuncao 94 WEC 11
17 Hiroyuki Takaya 88 DREAM 16
18 Joe Warren 86 Bellator 21
19 Mark Hominick 83 WEC 17
20 Chad Mendes 82 WEC 18
21 Joe Soto 68 Bellator 19
22 Joachim Hansen 61 DREAM 20
23 Takeshi Inoue 55 Shooto 23
24 Takafumi Otsuka 51 DEEP 22
25 Kazuyuki Miyata 49 DREAM 24

#1 Jose Aldo will defend his WEC title against #2 Manny Gamburyan at WEC 51 in September. 

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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