USAT/SBN June 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Heavyweight


Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Cain Velasquez 99 UFC 1
2 Junior dos Santos 95 UFC 3
3 Alistair Overeem 90 Strikeforce 7
4 Brock Lesnar 86 UFC 4
5 Fabricio Werdum 81 Strikeforce 2
6 Antonio Silva 80 Strikeforce 5
7 Frank Mir 74 UFC 8
8 Shane Carwin 72 UFC 6
9 Fedor Emelianenko 68 M-1 Global / Strikeforce 9
10 Josh Barnett 48 Strikeforce 13
11 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 47 UFC 10
12 Brendan Schaub 43 UFC 11
13 Roy Nelson 33 UFC 12
14 Sergei Kharitonov 31 Strikeforce 14
15 Cheick Kongo 29 UFC 17
16 Mike Russow 26 UFC 20
17 Travis Browne 25 UFC 23
18 Brett Rogers 25 Strikeforce 15
19 Cole Konrad 24 Bellator 18
20 Ben Rothwell 24 UFC 16
21 Daniel Cormier 22 Strikeforce 33
22 Pedro Rizzo 19 Impact FC 19
23 Matt Mitrione 19 UFC 22
24 Stefan Struve 19 UFC 21
25 Gabriel Gonzaga 17 MMAX 24

UFC 130 featured two fights between top 25 heavyweights as #17 Travis Browne flattened #24 Stefan Struve and #7 Frank Mir battered #13 Roy Nelson.

#2 Junior dos Santos became the #1 contender after taking a dominant unanimous decision over #8 Shane Carwin in the main event of UFC 131.

#23 Matt Mitrione actually fell a spot in the rankings after devastating unranked Christian Morecraft at UFC Live this past Sunday.#15 Cheick Kongo, however, moved up two with his incredible comeback victory over unranked Pat Barry.


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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