USA TODAY/MMA Nation November 2011 Consensus Rankings: Heavyweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Junior dos Santos 400 UFC 2
2 Cain Velasquez 382 UFC 1
3 Alistair Overeem 364 UFC 3
4 Brock Lesnar 330 UFC 4
5 Fabricio Werdum 325 Strikeforce 5
6 Frank Mir 304 UFC 6
7 Shane Carwin 287 UFC 7
8 Daniel Cormier 276 Strikeforce 9
9 Josh Barnett 265 Strikeforce 8
10 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 248 UFC 10
11 Antonio Silva 186 Strikeforce 11
12 Fedor Emelianenko 166 M-1 Global 12
13 Cheick Kongo 132 UFC 13
14 Brendan Schaub 122 UFC 14
14 Roy Nelson 122 UFC 15
16 Sergei Kharitonov 105 Strikeforce 17
17 Travis Browne 102 UFC 16
18 Mike Russow 97 UFC 19
19 Cole Konrad 87 Bellator 20
20 Matt Mitrione 74 UFC 18
21 Stefan Struve 70 UFC 22
22 Mark Hunt 69 UFC 21
23 Pat Barry 57 UFC 25
24 Dan Henderson 56 UFC 26
25 Gabriel Gonzaga 55 Reality Fighting 23

Upcoming Fights:

#3 Alistair Overeem vs. #4 Brock Lesnart at UFC 141

#5 Fabricio Werdum vs. #14 Roy Nelson at UFC 143

#12 Fedor Emelianenko vs. Satoshi Ishii at DREAM NYE

#13 Cheick Kongo vs. #22 Mark Hunt at UFC 144

#18 Mike Russow vs. John Olav Einemo at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis

#21 Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman at UFC on Fuel TV 1

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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