USAT/SBN July 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Light Heavyweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jon Jones 100 UFC 1
2 Mauricio Rua 93 UFC 2
3 Quinton Jackson 88 UFC 3
3 Rashad Evans 88 UFC 4
5 Lyoto Machida 85 UFC 5
6 Forrest Griffin 79 UFC 6
7 Dan Henderson 72 Strikeforce 8
8 Phil Davis 67 UFC 9
9 Thiago Silva 44 UFC 10
9 Rafael Cavalcante 44 Strikeforce 13
11 Gegard Mousasi 42 Strikeforce 12
12 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 39 UFC 11
13 Rich Franklin 38 UFC 13
14 Tito Ortiz 38 UFC NR
15 Ryan Bader 34 UFC 7
16 Muhammed Lawal 33 Strikeforce 15
17 Matt Hamill 31 UFC 16
18 Alexander Gustafsson 20 UFC 17
19 Renato Sobral 20 Strikeforce 18
20 Vladimir Matyushenko 17 UFC 19
21 Cyrille Diabate 15 UFC 20
21 Roger Gracie 15 Strikeforce 21
23 Randy Couture 14 UFC 21
24 Luiz Cane 14 UFC 23
25 Keith Jardine 12 Strikeforce 24

#1 Jon Jones will attempt his first title defense at UFC 135 against #3 Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

Coming off a long layoff #3 Rashad Evans will rematch #14 Tito Ortiz who's coming off a huge upset win over #15 Ryan Bader. UFC 133 will also feature #17 Matt Hamill vs. #18 Alexander Gustafsson  in a bout that represents a big opportunity for Gustafsson to move toward contender status.

In a rematch of their UFC 76 bout, #2 Mauricio Rua and #6 Forrest Griffin will meet again at UFC 134.

#7 Dan Henderson will jump weight classes yet again this Saturday as he takes on heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. 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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