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

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jon Jones 400 UFC 1
2 Dan Henderson 375 UFC 6
3 Rashad Evans 364 UFC 3
4 Mauricio Rua 352 UFC 2
5 Quinton Jackson 336 UFC 4
6 Lyoto Machida 332 UFC 5
7 Phil Davis 286 UFC 7
7 Forrest Griffin 266 UFC 8
9 Gegard Mousasi 194 Strikeforce 9
10 Rafael Cavalcante 191 Strikeforce 10
11 Muhammed Lawal 167 Strikeforce 11
12 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 162 UFC 12
13 Alexander Gustafsson 153 UFC 13
14 Thiago Silva 146 UFC 16
15 Rich Franklin 138 UFC 14
16 Tito Ortiz 124 UFC 15
17 Ryan Bader 118 UFC 17
18 Vladimir Matyushenko 79 UFC 18
19 Renato Sobral 78 Strikeforce 20
20 Stanislav Nedkov 67 UFC 21
21 Stephan Bonnar 63 UFC 29
22 Ryan Jimmo 62 UFC 22
23 Roger Gracie 61 Strikeforce 22
24 Brandon Vera 58 UFC 25
25 Luiz Cane 56 UFC 27

Following a fight of the year performance against #4 Mauricio Rua in his return to the UFC, #2 Dan Henderson has vaulted ahead of inactive fighters such as #3 Rashad Evans, #4 Quinton Jackson and #6 Lyoto Machida.

Machida's inactivity is approaching its end though as he is set to challenge #1 Jon Jones for the title at UFC 140 next Saturday.

#12 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and #16 Tito Ortiz will also square off on December 10 as they both struggle to stay "in the mix."

The following weekend #35 Ovince St. Preux will face his toughest test to date in #9 Gegard Mousasi.

At UFC 141, #18 Vladimir Matyushenko will play springboard to another surging LHW prospect in #13 Alexander Gustafsson.

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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