USAT/SBN May 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Light Heavyweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jon Jones 99 UFC 1
2 Mauricio Rua 95 UFC 2
3 Rashad Evans 92 UFC 3
4 Quinton Jackson 88 UFC 4
5 Lyoto Machida 86 UFC 5
6 Forrest Griffin 77 UFC 6
7 Ryan Bader 69 UFC 7
8 Dan Henderson 68 Strikeforce 7
9 Phil Davis 63 UFC 9
10 Thiago Silva 49 UFC 10
11 Gegard Mousasi 45 Strikeforce 12
12 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 43 UFC 11
13 Rich Franklin 38 UFC 13
14 Rafael Cavalcante 35 Strikeforce 14
15 Muhammed Lawal 32 Strikeforce 15
16 Matt Hamill 28 UFC 17
17 Alexander Gustafsson 23 UFC 19
18 Renato Sobral 21 Strikeforce 17
19 Randy Couture 19 UFC 16
20 Vladimir Matyushenko 19 UFC 29
21 Cyrille Diabate 17 UFC 20
22 Roger Gracie 15 Strikeforce 20
23 Luiz Cane 15 UFC 25
24 Keith Jardine 14 Strikeforce 22
25 Stephan Bonnar 14 UFC 24

 

With #1 Jon Jones "ducking" former teammate #3 Rashad Evans, Evans will instead step into the Octagon against undefeated #9 Phil Davis at UFC 133.

In a rematch of their UFC 76 bout, #2 Mauricio "Shogun" Rua will face #6 Forrest Griffin.

#4 Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will attempt to cut to the front of the line for a title shot when he takes on #16 Matt Hamill at UFC 130.

#7 Ryan Bader is set to squash unranked Tito Ortiz at UFC 132 in one of the more pointless fights that will take place this year.

And in one of the more fascinating fights that will take place this year, #8 Dan Henderson will take on heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson.

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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