USAT/SBN February 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight


Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 100 UFC 1
2 Joseph Benavidez 93 UFC 2
3 Brian Bowles 91 UFC 2
4 Urijah Faber 86 UFC 6
5 Miguel Torres 84 UFC 5
6 Scott Jorgensen 83 UFC 4
7 Takeya Mizugaki 64 UFC 7
8 Brad Pickett 61 UFC 9
9 Demetrious Johnson 55 UFC 13
10 Masakatsu Ueda 51 Shooto 10
11 Wagnney Fabiano 48 UFC 8
12 Masakazu Imanari 37 DEEP 11
13 Eddie Wineland 36 UFC 12
14 Damacio Page 33 UFC 14
15 Charlie Valencia 28 UFC 16
15 Michael McDonald 28 UFC 17
17 Renan Barao 24 UFC 22
18 Antonio Banuelos 23 UFC 15
19 Shuichiro Katsumura 23 Shooto 19
20 Zach Makovsky 21 Bellator 21
21 Akitoshi Tamura 17 WVR 20
22 Takafumi Otsuka 17 DEEP 25
23 Jimmie Rivera 16 KOTC 26
24 Darren Uyenoyama 15 Shooto 23
25 Rani Yahya 13 UFC 18
25 Abel Cullum 13 KOTC 24

#4 Urijah Faber will face #13 Eddie Wineland at UFC 128. The winner will likely get a title shot against #1 Dominick Cruz assuming the winner is Urijah Faber.

#5 Miguel Torres defeated #18 Antonio Banuelos by unanimous decision at UFC 126 showcasing his new safer style of fighting. Earlier on the same card, #9 Demetrious Johnson soundly defeated unranked Norifumi Yamamoto in his UFC debut.

#3 Brian Bowles will make his UFC debut on UFC Live 3 against #14 Damacio Page.

#6 Scott Jorgensen is slated to make his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter Finale 13 against unranked Ken Stone.

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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