USAT/SBN February 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 100 UFC 1
2 Hatsu Hioki 92 WVR 2
3 Chad Mendes 87 UFC 12
4 Manny Gamburyan 85 UFC 3
5 Marlon Sandro 71 Bellator 5
6 Diego Nunes 68 UFC 6
7 Michihiro Omigawa 67 UFC 4
8 Mark Hominick 63 UFC 9
9 Hiroyuki Takaya 59 K-1 7
10 Bibiano Fernandes 57 K-1 8
11 Dustin Poirier 49 UFC 10
12 Joe Warren 49 Bellator 11
13 Josh Grispi 35 UFC 13
14 Rani Yahya 33 UFC 17
15 Kazuyuki Miyata 28 K-1 18
16 Masanori Kanehara 25 WVR 15
17 Raphael Assuncao 24 UFC 16
18 Mike Brown 23 UFC 14
18 Yoshiro Maeda 23 WVR 20
20 Yuji Hoshino 19 WVR 21
21 LC Davis 19 UFC 19
22 Deividas Taurosevicius 15 Bellator 24
23 Leonard Garcia 14 UFC 25
23 Joachim Hansen 14 Superior Challenge 22
25 Koichiro Matsumoto 13 DEEP 33

#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. 

Let's take Anderson Silva for instance. 87% (13 of 15) of our panelists have him at Light Heavyweight and 100% (15 of 15) at Middleweight.  On the 13 ballots that ranked Silva at 205, we took the average (21.2).  We then reduced that number by half the percentage of Light Heavyweight ballots that he was not included on. Say he's not on 30% of them, then we do a 15% penalty on the average that we found in the previous step.    That number is then used instead of the usual "normalization number" to provide points from those not ranking the fighter in the weight class in question. This avoids fighters being excessively penalized by confusion about which weight class they belong. 
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