|2||Junior dos Santos||95||UFC||2|
|9||Fedor Emelianenko||68||M-1 Global / Strikeforce||9|
|11||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira||43||UFC||11|
|25||Pedro Rizzo||15||Impact Fighting Championship||22|
#1 Cain Velasquez will defend his title against #2 Junior dos Santos at UFC 138 in one of those clear cut 1 vs. 2 matchups we're always clamoring for.
In a move seemingly designed to lose whatever good will he had left following an uninspired decision in over #5 Fabricio Werdum, #3 Alistair Overeem has dropped from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix and his next fight won't be in the UFC or Strikeforce.
#20 Daniel Cormier will take Overeem's place in the Grand Prix and is scheduled to face off against #6 Antonio Silva in the semi-finals. On the other side of the bracket, #10 Josh Barnett will take on #14 Sergei Kharitonov.
And the most intriguing upcoming heavyweight bout will be this Saturday when #9 Fedor Emelianenko will try to get back in the Win column against light heavyweight Dan Henderson.
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.