USAT/SBN September 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight


Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 100 WEC 1
2 Brian Bowles 95 WEC 2
3 Joseph Benavidez 91 WEC 3
4 Scott Jorgensen 88 WEC 4
5 Miguel Torres 84 WEC 5
6 Takeya Mizugaki 77 WEC 6
7 Wagnney Fabiano 62 WEC 9
8 Damacio Page 59 WEC 8
9 Masakatsu Ueda 54 Shooto 7
10 Charlie Valencia 51 WEC 11
11 Rani Yahya 48 WEC 10
12 Masakazu Imanari 46 DEEP 13
13 Brad Pickett 40 WEC 16
14 Eddie Wineland 39 WEC 15
15 Akitoshi Tamura 34 Shooto 14
16 Antonio Banuelos 33 WEC 17
17 Shuichiro Katsumura 32 Shooto 12
18 Michael McDonald 22 Tachi Palace Fights 19
19 Abel Cullum 21 KOTC 18
20 Zack Makovsky 16 Bellator NR
21 Darren Uyenoyama 15 Shooto NR
22 Ian Loveland 15 Wreck MMA 24
23 Kenji Osawa 14 DREAM 22
24 Jimmie Rivera 13 KOTC NR
25 Jeff Curran 11 Bellator 20
25 Cole Escovedo 11 DREAM 21

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

It wasn't exactly pretty, but #1 Dominick Cruz beat #3 Joseph Benavidez in August and will face #4 Scott Jorgensen in December.

#5 Miguel Torres will attempt to get his career back on track against #10 Charlie Valencia at WEC 51 tomorrow night.

#6 Takeya Mizugaki will welcom former 145lb champ Urijah Faber to the division at WEC 52 in November.

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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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