USA TODAY/MMA Nation November 2011 Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 400 UFC 1
2 Urijah Faber 380 UFC 4
3 Joseph Benavidez 367 UFC 2
4 Brian Bowles 336 UFC 3
5 Scott Jorgensen 325 UFC 6
6 Demetrious Johnson 312 UFC 5
7 Renan Barao 283 UFC 11
8 Miguel Torres 262 UFC 7
9 Brad Pickett 200 UFC 8
10 Masakatsu Ueda 180 Amazon Forest Combat 10
11 Takeya Mizugaki 158 UFC 9
12 Michael McDonald 146 UFC 13
13 Wagnney Fabiano 119 UFC 12
13 Bibiano Fernandes 119 DREAM 16
15 Antonio Banuelos 114 DREAM 17
16 Zach Makovsky 109 Bellator 19
17 Eddie Wineland 103 UFC 13
18 Alexis Vila 92 Bellator 15
19 Eduardo Dantas 89 Bellator 28
20 Masakazu Imanari 81 DREAM 20
21 Damacio Page 80 UFC 18
21 Hideo Tokoro 80 DREAM 22
23 Joe Warren 65 Bellator 21
24 Takafumi Otsuka 59 DREAM 24
25 Charlie Valencia 57 UFC 23

#2 Urijah Faber likely earned himself another go at #1 Dominick Cruz after his dominant victory over #4 Brian Bowles.

DREAM's New Year's Eve card will bring the conclusion of the their bantamweight tournament. The scheduled bouts are #20 Masakazu Imanari vs. #15 Antonio Banuelos and #13 Bibiano Fernandes vs. unranked Rodolfo Marques.

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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