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


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jon Jones 425 UFC 1
2 Dan Henderson 399 UFC 2
3 Rashad Evans 388 UFC 3
4 Mauricio Rua 377 UFC 4
5 Quinton Jackson 359 UFC 5
6 Lyoto Machida 346 UFC 6
7 Phil Davis 303 UFC 7
8 Forrest Griffin 293 UFC 8
9 Gegard Mousasi 211 Strikeforce 9
10 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 208 UFC 12
11 Muhammed Lawal 198 Strikeforce 11
12 Rafael Cavalcante 194 Strikeforce 10
13 Alexander Gustafsson 159 UFC 13
14 Thiago Silva 158 UFC 14
15 Rich Franklin 149 UFC 15
16 Ryan Bader 122 UFC 17
17 Tito Ortiz 108 UFC 16
18 Vladimir Matyushenko 96 UFC 18
19 Renato Sobral 79 Strikeforce 19
20 Stanislav Nedkov 70 UFC 20
21 Stephan Bonnar 67 UFC 21
21 Ryan Jimmo 67 UFC 22
23 Roger Gracie 65 Strikeforce 23
24 Brandon Vera 62 UFC 24
25 Luiz Cane 60 UFC 25

Upcoming Fights:

#3 Rashad Evans vs. #7 Phil Davis at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis

#5 Quinton Jackson vs. #16 Ryan Bader at UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson

#11 Muhammed Lawal vs. Lorenz Larkin at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine

#13 Alexander Gustafsson vs. #18 Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem

#21 Ryan Jimmo vs. Karlos Vemola at UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller

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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