USAT/SBN April 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Heavyweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Cain Velasquez 98 UFC 1
2 Fabricio Werdum 91 Strikeforce 2
3 Junior dos Santos 90 UFC 3
4 Brock Lesnar 89 UFC 4
5 Antonio Silva 81 Strikeforce 5
6 Shane Carwin 80 UFC 6
7 Alistair Overeem 75 Strikeforce 7
8 Frank Mir 74 UFC 7
9 Fedor Emelianenko 71 M-1 / Strikeforce 9
10 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 53 UFC 10
11 Brendan Schaub 34 UFC 12
12 Roy Nelson 33 UFC 11
13 Josh Barnett 32 Strikeforce 15
14 Sergei Kharitonov 31 Strikeforce 13
15 Brett Rogers 28 Strikeforce 14
16 Ben Rothwell 26 UFC 17
17 Cheick Kongo 24 UFC 16
18 Cole Konrad 24 Bellator 18
18 Pedro Rizzo 24 Impact FC 19
20 Mike Russow 21 UFC 20
21 Stefan Struve 20 UFC 23
22 Matt Mitrione 18 UFC 26
23 Travis Browne 18 UFC 21
23 Gabriel Gonzaga 18 UFC 22
25 Jeff Monson 18 Free Agent 25


#1 Cain Velasquez is still on the shelf following shoulder surgery, but is expected to be ready to return this Fall. His most likely opponent will be the winner of UFC 131's #3 Junior dos Santos vs. #4 Brock Lesnar.

#6 Shane Carwin will return to action at UFC 131 against unranked Jon Olav Einemo.

UFC 130 will feature a battle of two of the UFC's best heavyweight jiu jitsu practitioners when #8 Frank Mir takes on  #12 Roy Nelson.


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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