USA TODAY/MMA Nation November 2011 Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 400 UFC 1
2 Chad Mendes 369 UFC 2
3 Hatsu Hioki 362 UFC 3
4 Pat Curran 315 Bellator 4
5 Marlon Sandro 281 Bellator 6
6 Diego Nunes 248 UFC 8
7 Kenny Florian 234 UFC 5
8 Mark Hominick 231 UFC 7
9 Dustin Poirier 223 UFC 12
10 Erik Koch 205 UFC 10
11 Bart Palaszewski 167 UFC NR
12 Manny Gamburyan 146 UFC 11
13 Tyson Griffin 135 UFC 9
14 Hiroyuki Takaya 134 DREAM 14
15 Patricio Freire 133 Bellator 16
16 Tatsuya Kawajiri 132 DREAM 15
17 Joe Warren 121 Bellator 13
18 Darren Elkins 101 UFC 20
19 Michihiro Omigawa 99 UFC 17
20 Robert Peralta 97 UFC 21
21 Bibiano Fernandes 96 DREAM 18
22 Rani Yahya 89 UFC 18
23 Ricardo Lamas 69 UFC 36
24 Masanori Kanehara 69 XPlode Fight Series 24
25 Mike Brown 66 UFC 22
25 Kazuyuki Miyata 66 DREAM 23

DREAM's New Year's Eve event will feature two high level featherweight clashes between #16 Tatsuya Kawajiri and #25 Kazuyuki Miyata as well as between #28 Takeshi Inoue and #14 Hiroyuki Takaya.

UFC 141 will feature #34 Junior Assuncao welcoming Ross Pearson to the featherweight division.

#8 Mark Hominick will return to the Octagon for the first time since challenging #1 Jose Aldo when he takes on #38 Chan Sung Jung at UFC 140.

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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