USA TODAY/MMA Nation October 2011 Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 100 UFC 1
2 Joseph Benavidez 93 UFC 2
3 Brian Bowles 91 UFC 3
4 Urijah Faber 90 UFC 4
5 Demetrious Johnson 80 UFC 5
6 Scott Jorgensen 79 UFC 6
7 Miguel Torres 68 UFC 7
8 Brad Pickett 62 UFC 8
9 Takeya Mizugaki 54 UFC 9
10 Masakatsu Ueda 41 Shooto 10
11 Renan Barao 35 UFC 12
12 Wagnney Fabiano 33 UFC 11
13 Eddie Wineland 30 UFC 13
13 Michael McDonald 30 UFC 14
15 Alexis Vila 27 Bellator 16
16 Bibiano Fernandes 26 19
17 Antonio Banuelos 25 15
18 Damacio Page 23 18
19 Zach Makovsky 22 Bellator 17
20 Masakazu Imanari 20 20
21 Joe Warren 18 Bellator 21
22 Hideo Tokoro 16 22
23 Charlie Valencia 14 UFC 23
24 Takafumi Otsuka 13 24
25 Raphael Assuncao 13 25

UFC 139 features one of the best possible bantamweight match ups available in #3 Brian Bowles vs. Urijah Faber.

#8 Brad Pickett will take on #11 Renan Barao at UFC 138 in a bout that should place the winner "in the mix."

And UFC 137 will see #6 Scott Jorgensen welcome the unranked Jeff Curran back to the UFC.

Bellator 59 will be headlined by the Bantamweight tournament finals as #15 Alexis Vila takes on unranked Eduardo Dantas.

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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