USAT/SBN March 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 100 UFC 1
2 Hatsu Hioki 94 WVR 2
3 Chad Mendes 91 UFC 3
4 Manny Gamburyan 84 UFC 4
5 Marlon Sandro 77 Bellator 5
6 Michihiro Omigawa 72 UFC 7
7 Diego Nunes 69 UFC 6
8 Mark Hominick 58 UFC 8
9 Hiroyuki Takaya 56 Strikeforce 9
10 Joe Warren 53 Bellator 12
11 Bibiano Fernandes 52 K-1 10
12 Dustin Poirier 48 UFC 11
13 Erik Koch 39 UFC 36
14 Josh Grispi 35 UFC 13
15 Rani Yahya 35 UFC 14
16 Kazuyuki Miyata 33 K-1 15
17 Masanori Kanehara 25 WVR 16
18 Yoshiro Maeda 23 WVR 18
19 Mike Brown 22 UFC 18
20 Rafael Assuncao 20 UFC 17
21 Patricio Freire 18 Bellator 30
22 Yuji Hoshino 15 WVR 20
23 Wilson Reis 14 Bellator 28
24 Koichiro Matsumoto 14 DEEP 25
25 L.C. Davis 14 UFC 21


We're still waiting for #1 Jose Aldo's UFC debut at UFC 129 where he'll defend his title against #8 Mark Hominick. The winner's next challenge will likely come from the winner of Kenny Florian vs. #7 Diego Nunes which is being contested at UFC 131.

UFC 131 will also feature #6 Michihiro Omigawa trying to bounce back against Darren Elkins and #12 Dustin Poirier vs. #15 Rani Yahya.

#13 Eric Koch is coming off a vicious KO of #20 Rafael Assuncao in his UFC debut at UFC 128 where he was originally scheduled to face #4 Manny Gamburyan.

Bellator 41 will see #10 Joe Warren return to action against Marcos Galvao.


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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