USAT/SBN May 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 100 UFC 1
2 Hatsu Hioki 92 WVR 2
3 Chad Mendes 91 UFC 3
4 Manny Gamburyan 82 UFC 4
5 Marlon Sandro 76 Bellator 5
6 Diego Nunes 69 UFC 6
7 Mark Hominick 67 UFC 8
8 Michihiro Omigawa 66 UFC 7
9 Dustin Poirier 52 UFC 9
10 Bibiano Fernandes 48 K-1 10
11 Joe Warren 45 Bellator 11
12 Erik Koch 41 UFC 13
13 Hiroyuki Takaya 41 Strikeforce 12
14 Josh Grispi 36 UFC 14
15 Rani Yahya 31 UFC 15
16 Kazuyuki Miyata 26 K-1 16
17 Masanori Kanehara 25 WVR 17
18 Patricio Freire 24 Bellator 18
19 Yoshiro Maeda 22 WVR 20
20 Mike Brown 20 UFC 18
21 Robert Peralta 19 Strikeforce 22
22 Raphael Assuncao 16 UFC 21
23 Yuji Hoshino 14 WVR 29
24 Takeshi Inoue 14 Shooto 25
25 Koichiro Matsumoto 13 DEEP 31
25 Luis Palomino 13 Champions Fighting Alliance NR

#1 Jose Aldo actually made the division more interesting with his poor finish to an otherwise dominant performance against #7 Mark Hominick at UFC 129.

#3 Chad Mendes will stay busy against #15 Rani Yahya at UFC 133 following Aldo's withdrawal due to inadequate preparation time.

#4 Manny Gamburyan will welcome Tyson Griffin to the featherweight division at UFC on Versus 4.

#6 Diego Nunes will similarly welcome Kenny Florian who is making his featherweight debut at UFC 131.

UFC 131 will also feature #7 Michihiro Omigawa vs. Darren Elkins.


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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