Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.
The UFC's newest division will have to wait a few months for a title defense, but two of the division's biggest stars will be getting busy in the next eight weeks.
#1 Dominick Cruz elected to have hand surgery after defending his WEC title at the final WEC show and being named UFC champ.
Cruz beat #4 Scott Jorgensen with an entertainingly awkward, but effective, striking attack at WEC 53.
Cruz might be back in early summer.
#5 Miguel Torres takes on #15 Antonio Banuelos at UFC 126 this Saturday.
Also on that card, #13 Demetrious Johnson will welcome Japanese legend Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto to the UFC. It's amazing that Kid Yamamoto, once one of the biggest stars in world-wide MMA, is making his US debut on the unaired undercard.
#6 Urijah Faber will face #12 Eddie Wineland at UFC 128. The bout has likely title shot implications for Faber but my guess is Wineland would need another win even if he gets past Faber.
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.