#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.
#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.