USAT/SBN July 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Heavyweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Cain Velasquez 100 UFC 1
2 Junior dos Santos 95 UFC 2
3 Alistair Overeem 89 Strikeforce 3
4 Brock Lesnar 87 UFC 4
5 Fabricio Werdum 81 Strikeforce 5
6 Antonio Silva 80 Strikeforce 6
7 Frank Mir 74 UFC 7
8 Shane Carwin 72 UFC 8
9 Fedor Emelianenko 68 M-1 Global / Strikeforce 9
10 Josh Barnett 55 Strikeforce 10
11 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 43 UFC 11
12 Brendan Schaub 39 UFC 12
13 Roy Nelson 36 UFC 13
14 Sergei Kharitonov 33 Strikeforce 14
15 Cheick Kongo 30 UFC 15
16 Travis Browne 25 UFC 17
17 Mike Russow 24 UFC 16
17 Cole Konrad 24 Bellator 19
19 Matt Mitrione 23 UFC 23
20 Daniel Cormier 22 Strikeforce 21
21 Ben Rothwell 21 UFC 20
22 Brett Rogers 20 Strikeforce 18
23 Stefan Struve 16 UFC 24
24 Pat Barry 15 UFC 27
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.


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