USAT/SBN March 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 100 UFC 1
2 Joseph Benavidez 94 UFC 2
3 Brian Bowles 91 UFC 3
4 Urijah Faber 89 UFC 4
5 Miguel Torres 83 UFC 5
6 Scott Jorgensen 82 UFC 6
7 Takeya Mizugaki 63 UFC 7
8 Brad Pickett 61 UFC 8
9 Demetrious Johnson 56 UFC 9
10 Masakatsu Ueda 54 Shooto 10
11 Wagnney Fabiano 50 UFC 11
12 Eddie Wineland 41 UFC 13
13 Michael McDonald 35 UFC 15
14 Renan Barao 30 UFC 17
15 Zack Makovsky 29 Bellator 20
16 Damacio Page 28 UFC 14
17 Charlie Valencia 28 UFC 15
18 Masakazu Imanari 27 DEEP 12
19 Antonio Banuelos 24 UFC 18
20 Shuichiro Katsumura 19 Shooto 19
20 Hiroshi Nakamura 19 DEEP 30
22 Takafumi Otsuka 19 DEEP 22
23 Akitoshi Tamura 14 WVR 21
23 Abel Cullum 14 KOTC 25
25 Ian Loveland 13 UFC 28


#3 Brian Bowles made his UFC debut against #16 Damacio Page at UFC Live 3 and it ended exactly the same way their previous contest had with Bowles winning by guillotine choke at 3:30 of the first round.

#18 Masakazu Imanari was upset by #28 Hiroshi Nakamura

#4 Urijah Faber won a tough fought decision over #12 Eddie Wineland in his UFC debut at UFC 128. He has earned himself a title shot at UFC 132 against #1 Dominick Cruz, a man he already holds a win over.

Faber's teammate, #2 Joseph Benavidez also won a unanimous decision at UFC 128 against #25 Ian Loveland.

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

#5 Miguel Torres is scheduled to face #8 Brad Pickett at UFC 130.


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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