USAT/SBN March 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Heavyweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Cain Velasquez 98 UFC 1
2 Fabricio Werdum 92 Strikeforce 4
3 Junior dos Santos 91 UFC 3
4 Brock Lesnar 90 UFC 2
5 Antonio Silva 82 Strikeforce 6
6 Shane Carwin 80 UFC 5
7 Alistair Overeem 73 Strikeforce 7
7 Frank Mir 73 UFC 8
9 Fedor Emelianenko 70 M-1 / Strikeforce 9
10 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 59 UFC 10
11 Roy Nelson 39 UFC 12
12 Brendan Schaub 38 UFC 14
13 Sergei Kharitonov 34 Strikeforce 15
14 Brett Rogers 33 Strikeforce 13
15 Josh Barnett 32 Strikeforce 11
16 Cheick Kongo 29 UFC 16
17 Ben Rothwell 26 UFC 17
18 Cole Konrad 24 Bellator 19
19 Pedro Rizzo 23 Impact FC 18
20 Mike Russow 21 UFC 21
21 Travis Browne 19 UFC 24
22 Gabriel Gonzaga 18 UFC 22
23 Stefan Struve 17 UFC 23
24 Jon Madsen 16 UFC 25
25 Jeff Monson 14 CFM 27

#12 Brendan Schaub separated Mirko "Cro Cop"  Filipovic from consciousness at UFC 128 and also knocked him out of the top 25 for the first time since we began compiling these rankings.

#20 Mike Russow thrashed #24 Jon Madsen for two rounds at UFC Fight Night 24 to force a between rounds stoppage.

#2 Fabricio Werdum was slated to rematch #7 Alistair Overeem on Strikeforce's April 9 card, but that was apparently not to be. That card was also going to feature #15 Josh Barnett vs. #14 Brett Rogers, but that fight has been postponed as well.

#7 Frank Mir will face #11 Roy Nelson at UFC 130 in a battle of two of the UFC's premier heavyweight jiu jitsu practitioners.

#4 Brock Lesnar and #3 Junior dos Santos are set to be the coaches on season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter after which they will headline UFC 131. #6 Shane Carwin's opponent that night was finally announced as the unranked Jon Olav Einemo.

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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