USA TODAY/MMA Nation December 2011 Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 425 UFC 1
2 Urijah Faber 405 UFC 2
3 Joseph Benavidez 389 UFC 3
4 Brian Bowles 355 UFC 4
5 Scott Jorgensen 344 UFC 5
6 Demetrious Johnson 338 UFC 6
7 Renan Barao 303 UFC 7
8 Miguel Torres 266 UFC 8
9 Brad Pickett 218 UFC 9
10 Masakatsu Ueda 185 Shooto 10
11 Takeya Mizugaki 177 UFC 11
12 Michael McDonald 173 UFC 12
13 Bibiano Fernandes 135 DREAM 13
14 Wagnney Fabiano 128 Bellator 13
15 Zach Makovsky 121 Bellator 16
16 Eduardo Dantas 116 Bellator 19
16 Antonio Banuelos 116 DREAM 15
18 Eddie Wineland 107 UFC 17
19 Alexis Vila 91 Bellator 18
20 Hideo Tokoro 85 DREAM 21
21 Masakazu Imanari 84 DREAM 20
21 Damacio Page 84 UFC 21
23 Joe Warren 66 Bellator 23
24 Takafumi Otsuka 63 DREAM 24
25 Charlie Valencia 62 UFC 25

Upcoming Bouts:

#3 Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani at UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann

#5 Scott Jorgensen vs. #7 Renan Barao at UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit

#6 Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall at UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann

#10 Masakatsu Ueda vs. Kyoji Horiguchi at Shooto: Survivor Tournament Final

#11 Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso at UFC 144

#13 Bibiano Fernandes vs. Rodolfo Marques Diniz at DREAM: New Year! 2011

#16 Antonio Banuelos vs. #21 Masakazu Imanari at DREAM: New Year! 2011

#18 Eddie Wineland vs. Johnny Bedford at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis

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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