USAT/SBN April 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 100 UFC 1
2 Hatsu Hioki 92 Shooto 2
3 Chad Mendes 90 UFC 3
4 Manny Gamburyan 83 UFC 4
5 Marlon Sandro 76 Bellator 5
6 Diego Nunes 70 UFC 7
7 Michihiro Omigawa 70 UFC 6
8 Mark Hominick 59 UFC 8
9 Dustin Poirier 50 UFC 12
10 Bibiano Fernandes 46 K-1 11
11 Joe Warren 43 Bellator 10
12 Hiroyuki Takaya 39 Strikeforce 9
13 Erik Koch 37 UFC 13
14 Josh Grispi 35 UFC 14
15 Rani Yahya 27 UFC 15
16 Kazuyuki Miyata 22 K-1 16
17 Masanori Kanehara 21 WVR 17
18 Mike Brown 20 UFC 19
18 Patricio Freire 20 Bellator 21
20 Yoshiro Maeda 19 WVR 18
21 Raphael Assuncao 19 UFC 20
22 Robert Peralta 18 Strikeforce NR
23 Joachim Hansen 17 Superior Challenge 26
24 Kenny Florian 16 UFC 28
25 Takeshi Inoue 15 DREAM 34
25 L.C. Davis 15 UFC 25


#1 Jose Aldo is set to make his UFC debut this Saturday against #8 Mark Hominick at UFC 129. Whoever leaves with the belt will probably have to defend it against the winner of UFC 131's #24 Kenny Florian vs. #6 Diego Nunes.

UFC 131 will also feature #7 Michihiro Omigawa trying to bounce back against Darren Elkins and #9 Dustin Poirier vs. #15 Rani Yahya.

#2 Hatsu Hioki will take on unranked bantamweight Donald Sanchez on one of the best Japanese cards of the year on April 29.

#4 Manny Gamburyan who had to drop out of his last scheduled fight against #13 Erik Koch is now set to welcome Tyson Griffin to the featherweight division at UFC on Versus 4. That card will also feature Joe Stevenson's first featherweight fight against Javier Vazquez.


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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