USAT/SBN March 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Light Heavyweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jon Jones 100 UFC 5
2 Mauricio Rua 94 UFC 1
3 Rashad Evans 92 UFC 2
4 Quinton Jackson 87 UFC 3
5 Lyoto Machida 85 UFC 4
6 Forrest Griffin 78 UFC 6
7 Ryan Bader 71 UFC 7
8 Dan Henderson 67 Strikeforce 13
9 Thiago Silva 64 UFC 8
10 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 52 UFC 9
11 Phil Davis 43 UFC 16
12 Gegard Mousasi 42 Strikeforce 11
13 Rafael Cavalcante 41 Strikeforce 10
14 Rich Franklin 40 UFC 12
15 Muhammed Lawal 35 Strikeforce 14
16 Randy Couture 32 UFC 15
17 Matt Hamill 26 UFC 17
18 Alexander Gustafsson 23 UFC 19
19 Renato Sobral 21 Strikeforce 18
20 Cyrille Diabate 17 UFC 22
21 Jason Brilz 15 UFC 20
22 Vladimir Matyushenko 14 UFC 24
22 Luis Arthur Cane 14 UFC 26
24 Roger Gracie 13 Strikeforce 26
25 Stephan Bonnar 13 UFC 24


Following his dominating performance against then #1 Mauricio Rua at UFC 128, #1 Jon Jones will now prepare to defend the UFC Light Heavyweight belt against his teammate #3 Rashad Evans.

#8 Dan Henderson proved against #13 Rafael Cavalcante that he is the best light heavyweight not on the UFC's roster.

#11 Phil Davis is still a hot prospect after taking a clear unanimous decision victory over #10 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but his performance put to rest any talk of his being the man to dethrone Jon Jones any time soon.

#9 Thiago Silva will be on the shelf for a while having elected to provide a urine sample that was inconsistent with human urine after his fight with Brandon Vera at UFC 125.

UFC 129 will feature #5 Lyoto Machida vs. #16 Randy Couture as well as the slightly less eagerly anticipated #21 Jason Brilz vs. #22 Vladimir Matyushenko.

#4 Quinton Jackson, the man Silva would have fought at UFC 130, is instead scheduled to fight #17 Matt Hamill that night.


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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