USAT/SBN September 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Featherweight


Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 100 WEC 1
2 Manny Gamburyan 94 WEC 2
3 Mike Brown 87 WEC 3
4 Urijah Faber 86 WEC 4
5 Marlon Sandro 80 WVR 5
6 Bibiano Fernandes 75 DREAM 6
7 Michihiro Omigawa 74 DREAM 8
8 Hatsu Hioki 73 WVR 7
9 Josh Grispi 71 WEC 9
10 Masanori Kanehara 43 WVR 10
11 Joe Warren 39 Bellator 18
12 L.C. Davis 35 WEC 13
13 Deividas Taurosevicius 33 WEC 12
13 Leonard Garcia 33 WEC 14
15 Rafael Assuncao 33 WEC 11
16 Hiroyuki Takaya 30 DREAM 17
17 Yuji Hoshino 30 WVR 16
18 Diego Nunes 29 WEC 15
19 Chad Mendes 29 WEC 19
20 Mark Hominick 28 WEC 20
21 Kazuyuki Miyata 20 DREAM 24
22 Joachim Hansen 19 DREAM 22
23 Joe Soto 17 Bellator 21
24 Takeshi Inoue 15 DREAM 23
25 Chan Sung Jung 14 WEC 25

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

It's very frustrating to have to go to bed with these rankings less than 24 hours before #1 Jose Aldo defends his WEC belt against #2 Manny Gamburyan at WEC 51, but it is what it is.

#3 Mike Brown will also fight the unranked Cole Province on the undercard of that event. What a fall from grace.

#4 Urijah Faber will be moving down to 135lbs to headline WEC 52 against Takeya Mizugaki who is #6 in the bantamweight division.

#7 Michihiro Omigawa submitted Cole Escovedo, the #25 Bantamweight at DREAM 16. #16 Hiroyuki Takaya knocked out Chase Beebe on the same card and #21 Kazuyuki Miyata took a decision against #24 Takeshi "Lion" Inouye.

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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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