USAT/SBN June 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 100 UFC 1
2 Hatsu Hioki 92 UFC 2
3 Chad Mendes 90 UFC 3
4 Kenny Florian 77 UFC 24
5 Manny Gamburyan 76 UFC 4
6 Marlon Sandro 71 Bellator 5
7 Mark Hominick 65 UFC 8
8 Diego Nunes 60 UFC 6
9 Dustin Poirier 56 UFC 9
10 Joe Warren 43 Bellator 11
11 Bibiano Fernandes 39 K-1 10
12 Michihiro Omigawa 39 UFC 7
13 Erik Koch 35 UFC 13
14 Patricio Freire 33 Bellator 19
15 Hiroyuki Takaya 31 Strikeforce 12
16 Tyson Griffin 30 UFC NR
17 Rani Yahya 28 UFC 15
18 Masanori Kanehara 22 Pancrase 17
19 Darren Elkins 21 UFC NR
20 Kazuyuki Miyata 20 K-1 16
21 Robert Peralta 17 Strikeforce 22
22 Mike Brown 17 UFC 18
23 George Roop 16 UFC 35
24 Yoshiro Maeda 16 DREAM 20
25 Josh Grispi 15 UFC 14
25 Pat Curran 15 Bellator NR

At UFC 131, #12 Michihiro Omigawa dropped a unanimous decision to #19 Darren Elkins in his return to the UFC, while #9 Dustin Poirier continued to build momentum with a UD victory over Jason Young and #4 Kenny Florian made a statement in his featherweight debut defeating #8 Diego Nunes.

#23 George Roop TKO'd one time contender #25 Josh Grispi at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.

#16 Tyson Griffin successfully debuted at 145 against #5 Manny Gamburyan in a fight that our panelists have been slow to credit him for.


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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