USA TODAY/MMA Nation October 2011 Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 100 UFC 1
2 Chad Mendes 92 UFC 3
3 Hatsu Hioki 91 UFC 2
4 Pat Curran 73 Bellator 5
5 Kenny Florian 71 UFC 4
6 Marlon Sandro 64 Bellator 6
7 Mark Hominick 63 UFC 7
8 Diego Nunes 60 UFC 8
9 Tyson Griffin 59 UFC 9
10 Erik Koch 50 UFC 11
11 Manny Gamburyan 46 UFC 10
12 Dustin Poirier 41 UFC 12
13 Joe Warren 34 Bellator 13
14 Hiroyuki Takaya 33 14
15 Tatsuya Kawajiri 29 19
16 Patricio Freire 29 Bellator 17
17 Michihiro Omigawa 26 UFC 15
18 Rani Yahya 26 18
18 Bibiano Fernandes 25 16
20 Darren Elkins 23 UFC 20
21 Robert Peralta 19 UFC 21
22 Mike Brown 16 UFC 23
23 Kazuyuki Miyata 16 25
24 Masanori Kanehara 16 24
25 Takeshi Inoue 14 22

This weekend's UFC 137 has two fantastic featherweight bouts scheduled. #9 Tyson Griffin will take on unranked Bart Palaszewski on SpikeTV and the main card will feature #3 Hatsu Hioki vs. unranked George Roop.

UFC 138 offers up the continually overrated #17 Michihiro Omigawa vs. Jason Young.

The UFC on Fox undercard has two fights including ranked featherweights. #12 Dustin Poirier and #21 Robert Peralta will both take on unranked opposition.

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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