USAT/SBN August 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 92 WEC 1
2 Manny Gamburyan 86 WEC 2
3 Mike Brown 81 WEC 3
4 Urijah Faber 81 WEC 4
5 Marlon Sandro 73 WVR 5
6 Bibiano Fernandes 71 DREAM 6
7 Hatsu Hioki 69 WVR 7
8 Josh Grispi 64 WEC 8
8 Michihiro Omigawa 68 DREAM 9
10 Masanori Kanehara 39 WVR 10
11 Rafael Assuncao 32 WEC 16
12 Deividas Taurosevicius 31 WEC 12
13 L.C. Davis 31 WEC 11
14 Leonard Garcia 29 WEC 14
15 Diego Nunes 97 WEC 15
16 Yuji Hoshino 27 WVR 13
17 Hiroyuki Takaya 26 DREAM 17
18 Joe Warren 25 Bellator 18
19 Chad Mendes 25 WEC 20
20 Mark Hominick 22 WEC 19
21 Joe Soto 21 Bellator 21
22 Joachim Hansen 19 DREAM 22
23 Takeshi Inoue 18 Shooto 23
24 Kazuyuki Miyata 15 DREAM 25
25 Chan Sung Jung 15 WEC 27

#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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