USAT/SBN August 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 100 WEC 1
2 Brian Bowles 94 WEC 2
3 Joseph Benavidez 92 WEC 3
4 Scott Jorgensen 85 WEC 5
5 Miguel Torres 84 WEC 4
6 Takeya Mizugaki 77 WEC 6
7 Masakatsu Ueda 63 Shooto 7
8 Damacio Page 59 WEC 9
9 Wagnney Fabiano 56 WEC 10
10 Rani Yahya 54 WEC 8
11 Charlie Valencia 47 WEC 12
12 Shuichiro Katsumura 45 Shooto 11
13 Masakazu Imanari 41 DEEP 13
14 Akitoshi Tamura 37 WEC 16
15 Eddie Wineland 36 WEC 14
16 Brad Pickett 35 WEC 15
17 Antonio Banuelos 32 WEC 18
18 Abel Cullum 30 KOTC 17
19 Michael McDonald 20 Taichi Palace Fights 19
20 Jeff Curran 31 Bellator 21
21 Cole Escovedo 14 DREAM 20
22 Kenji Osawa 13 DREAM 24
23 Nick Mamalis 12 Bellator 25
24 Ian Loveland 11 WEC 22
25 Clint Godfrey 10 WEC 23
25 Mike Easton 10 UWC 28

#1 Dominick Cruz ably defended his WEC belt against #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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