USA TODAY/MMA Nation December 2011 Consensus Rankings: Featherweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 425 UFC 1
2 Chad Mendes 394 UFC 2
3 Hatsu Hioki 385 UFC 3
4 Pat Curran 339 Bellator 4
5 Marlon Sandro 287 Bellator 5
6 Diego Nunes 254 UFC 6
7 Dustin Poirier 249 UFC 9
8 Kenny Florian 241 UFC 7
9 Erik Koch 225 UFC 10
10 Bart Palaszewski 203 UFC 11
11 Mark Hominick 199 UFC 8
12 Chan Sung Jung 191 UFC 38
13 Manny Gamburyan 157 UFC 12
14 Hiroyuki Takaya 149 DREAM 14
15 Patricio Freire 142 Bellator 15
16 Tatsuya Kawajiri 136 DREAM 16
17 Tyson Griffin 130 UFC 13
18 Joe Warren 124 Bellator 17
19 Darren Elkins 102 UFC 18
20 Michihiro Omigawa 101 UFC 19
21 Bibiano Fernandes 98 DREAM 21
22 Robert Peralta 98 UFC 20
23 Rani Yahya 90 UFC 22
24 Ricardo Lamas 75 UFC 23
25 Masanori Kanehara 73 XPlode Fight Series 24

Upcoming Bouts:

#1 Jose Aldo vs. #2 Chad Mendes at UFC 142

#3 Hatsu Hioki vs. #10 Bart Palaszewski at UFC 144

#13 Manny Gamburyan vs. #6 Diego Nunes at UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem

#14 Hiroyuki Takaya vs Takeshi Inoue at DREAM: New Year! 2011

#16 Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazuyuki Miyata at DREAM: New Year! 2011

#20 Michihiro Omigawa vs. Yuri Alcantara at UFC 142

#23 Rani Yahya vs. Jonathan Brookins 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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