USAT/SBN May 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight


Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 100 UFC 1
2 Joseph Benavidez 93 UFC 2
3 Brian Bowles 91 UFC 3
4 Urijah Faber 89 UFC 4
5 Miguel Torres 83 UFC 5
6 Scott Jorgensen 82 UFC 6
7 Takeya Mizugaki 64 UFC 7
8 Brad Pickett 61 UFC 8
9 Demetrious Johnson 58 UFC 9
10 Masakatsu Ueda 52 Shooto 10
11 Wagnney Fabiano 44 UFC 11
12 Eddie Wineland 36 UFC 12
13 Michael McDonald 32 UFC 14
14 Damacio Page 30 UFC 13
15 Renan Barao 29 UFC 15
16 Masakazu Imanari 28 DEEP 19
17 Zach Makovsky 27 Bellator 16
18 Antonio Banuelos 22 UFC 18
19 Hiroshi Nakamura 21 DEEP 20
20 Takafumi Otsuka 19 DEEP 22
21 Charlie Valencia 17 UFC 17
22 Shuichiro Katsumura 16 Shooto 24
23 Akitoshi Tamura 15 WVR 23
24 Joe Warren 14 Bellator 21
25 Ian Loveland 13 UFC 26

#1 Dominick Cruz and #4 Urijah Faber are scheduled to headline UFC 132 on July 2 in the UFC's first Bantamweight title fight.

UFC 132 will also feature #3 Brian Bowles vs. the vastly overrated #7 Takeya Mizugaki.

#2 Joseph Benavidez is set to take on #12 Eddie Wineland at UFC on Versus 5 in a bout that could raise Wineland to title contender status.

#5 Miguel Torres will continue trying to work his way back to a title shot when he faces #9 Demetrious Johnson at UFC 130.

#6 Scott Jorgensen has been given a gift of a UFC debut bout at The Ultimate Fighter Finale 13 where he'll meet unranked Ken Stone.

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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