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#1 Jose Aldo will make his UFC debut at UFC 129 as he defends his title against #8 Mark Hominick. The winner’s next challenge will most likely be the winner of UFC 131’s bout between #6 LW Kenny Florian and #6 Diego Nunes.
#7 Michihiro Omigawa was ground out by #3 Chad Mendes in his return to the Octagon at UFC 126.
#5 Marlon Sandro signed with Bellator as the mass exodus from Japan continues. #12 Joe Warren was Bellator’s top featherweight prior to Sandro’s signing.
#2 Hatsu Hioki owns a win over Sandro, but still has one fight left on his deal with Sengoku. His preferred US destination is reportedly the UFC.
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.
We are now moving to what JCS of Fight Matrix has described as assumed rankings in an attempt to rank fighters who move between weight classes. This has been the biggest problem with the consensus rankings and we believe this new methodology will rectify that.