USA TODAY/MMA Nation October 2011 Consensus Rankings: Light Heavyweight


Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jon Jones 100 UFC 1
2 Mauricio Rua 94 UFC 2
3 Rashad Evans 93 UFC 3
4 Quinton Jackson 86 UFC 4
5 Lyoto Machida 85 UFC 5
6 Dan Henderson 79 UFC 6
7 Phil Davis 72 UFC 7
8 Forrest Griffin 68 UFC 8
9 Gegard Mousasi 49 Strikeforce 10
10 Rafael Cavalcante 47 Strikeforce 9
11 Muhammed Lawal 40 Strikeforce 11
12 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 40 UFC 12
13 Alexander Gustafsson 39 UFC 15
14 Rich Franklin 37 UFC 14
15 Tito Ortiz 32 UFC 16
16 Thiago Silva 32 UFC 13
17 Ryan Bader 27 UFC 17
18 Vladimir Matyushenko 19 UFC 18
19 Cyrille Diabate 17 UFC 20
20 Renato Sobral 16 Strikeforce 19
21 Stanislav Nedkov 16 21
22 Roger Gracie 13 Strikeforce 23
22 Ryan Jimmo 13 30
24 Kyle Kingsbury 12 UFC 27
25 Brandon Vera 12 UFC 25

This weekend's UFC 137 has only one light heavyweight bout scheduled and it's not that impressive. Eliot Marshall will square off against the somehow still ranked #25 Brandon Vera in a fight that it's possible someone cares about.

UFC 138 does only slightly better featuring #19 Cyrille Diabate against Anthony Perosh.

UFC 139, though, is chock full of quality light heavyweight fights. #2 Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and #6 Dan Henderson headline the show while #24 Kyle Kingsbury vs. Stephan Bonnar and #17 Ryan Bader vs. Jason Brilz fill out the undercard.

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.

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