USAT/SBN May 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Heavyweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Cain Velasquez 99 UFC 1
2 Junior dos Santos 90 UFC 3
3 Fabricio Werdum 90 Strikeforce 2
3 Brock Lesnar 90 UFC 4
5 Shane Carwin 81 UFC 6
6 Antonio Silva 79 Strikeforce 5
7 Alistair Overeem 75 Strikeforce 7
8 Frank Mir 75 UFC 8
9 Fedor Emelianenko 70 M-1 Global / Strikeforce 9
10 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 52 UFC 10
11 Brendan Schaub 39 UFC 11
12 Roy Nelson 38 UFC 12
13 Sergei Kharitonov 34 Strikeforce 14
14 Josh Barnett 34 Strikeforce 13
15 Brett Rogers 31 Strikeforce 15
16 Cheick Kongo 26 UFC 17
17 Pedro Rizzo 24 Impact Fighting Championship 18
18 Cole Konrad 24 Bellator 18
19 Mike Russow 23 UFC 20
20 Ben Rothwell 22 UFC 16
21 Stefan Struve 20 UFC 21
22 Travis Browne 19 UFC 23
23 Matt Mitrione 18 UFC 22
24 Gabriel Gonzaga 16 UFC 23
24 Shane del Rosario 16 Strikeforce 28

 

With #3 Brock Lesnar out due to illness, #2 Junior dos Santos will instead face #5 Shane Carwin at UFC 131 for a shot at #1 Cain Velasquez' title.

#3 Fabricio Werdum will challenge #7 Alistair Overeem in the second round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix on June 18 at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum.

#8 Frank Mir is set to take on #12 Roy Nelson at UFC 130 in a battle of elite heavyweight grapplers.

Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson will be headlined (obviously) by #9 Fedor Emelianenko and light heavyweight Dan Henderson in a catchweight bout.

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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