USA TODAY/MMA Nation December 2011 Consensus Rankings: Heavyweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Junior dos Santos 425 UFC 1
2 Cain Velasquez 406 UFC 2
3 Alistair Overeem 387 UFC 3
4 Brock Lesnar 354 UFC 4
5 Frank Mir 337 UFC 6
6 Fabricio Werdum 336 UFC 5
7 Shane Carwin 303 UFC 7
8 Daniel Cormier 294 Strikeforce 8
9 Josh Barnett 284 Strikeforce 9
10 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 260 UFC 10
11 Antonio Silva 202 Strikeforce 11
12 Fedor Emelianenko 176 M-1 Global 12
13 Cheick Kongo 146 UFC 13
14 Roy Nelson 135 UFC 14
15 Brendan Schaub 134 UFC 14
16 Sergei Kharitonov 107 Strikeforce 16
17 Travis Browne 104 UFC 17
18 Mike Russow 99 UFC 18
19 Cole Konrad 89 Bellator 19
20 Matt Mitrione 76 UFC 20
21 Stefan Struve 72 UFC 21
22 Mark Hunt 71 UFC 22
23 Pat Barry 59 UFC 23
24 Dan Henderson 59 UFC 24
25 Dave Herman 57 UFC 26

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 atDREAM 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. #25 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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