USAT/SBN June 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 Scott Jorgensen 82 UFC 6
6 Demetrious Johnson 80 UFC 9
7 Miguel Torres 67 UFC 5
8 Takeya Mizugaki 61 UFC 7
9 Brad Pickett 58 UFC 8
10 Masakatsu Ueda 50 Shooto 10
11 Wagnney Fabiano 40 UFC 11
12 Eddie Wineland 34 UFC 12
13 Michael McDonald 33 UFC 14
14 Damacio Page 28 UFC 13
15 Masakazu Imanari 30 DREAM 19
16 Renan Barao 28 UFC 15
17 Zach Makovsky 25 Bellator 16
18 Antonio Banuelos 20 UFC 18
19 Takafumi Otsuka 19 DEEP 22
20 Charlie Valencia 18 UFC 17
21 Shuichiro Katsumura 17 Shooto 24
22 Akitoshi Tamura 15 WVR 23
23 Joe Warren 15 Bellator 21
23 Ian Loveland 15 UFC 27
25 Hiroshi Nakamura 15 DEEP 20

#1 Dominick Cruz is set to defend his belt and his #1 ranking this Saturday night against #4 Urijah Faber at UFC 132 in Las Vegas.

UFC 132 will also feature a clash between top bantamweights #3 Brian Bowles and #8 Takeya Mizugaki in what is likely a bigger mismatch than the rankings would suggest.

#5 Scott Jorgensen moved up a spot this month after dispatching unranked Ken Stone at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale in his Octagon debut.

#6 Demetrious Johnson rose three spots and #7 Miguel Torres fell two following Johnson's semi-controversial decision victory at UFC 130.

UFC 130 also saw #13 Michael McDonald and #16 Renan Barao pick up victories over unranked opposition.


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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