USAT/SBN July 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 100 UFC 1
2 Joseph Benavidez 92 UFC 2
3 Brian Bowles 91 UFC 3
4 Urijah Faber 90 UFC 4
5 Demetrious Johnson 83 UFC 6
6 Scott Jorgensen 80 UFC 5
7 Miguel Torres 70 UFC 7
8 Brad Pickett 63 UFC 9
9 Takeya Mizugaki 50 UFC 8
10 Masakatsu Ueda 45 Shooto 10
11 Renan Barao 39 UFC 16
12 Eddie Wineland 38 UFC 12
13 Wagnney Fabiano 37 UFC 11
14 Michael McDonald 30 UFC 13
15 Zach Makovsky 26 Bellator 17
16 Damacio Page 25 UFC 14
17 Masakazu Imanari 24 DREAM 15
18 Antonio Banuelos 20 UFC 18
19 Takafumi Otsuka 20 DEEP 19
20 Hideo Tokoro 19 DREAM 26
21 Joe Warren 17 Bellator 23
22 Charlie Valencia 14 UFC 20
23 Ian Loveland 13 UFC 23
24 Shuichiro Katsumura 13 Shooto 21
25 Ivan Menjivar 13 UFC 26

After defending his belt against #4 Urijah Faber in a fight of the year candidate, #1 Dominick Cruz will look to repeat the feat against #5 Demetrious Johnson at Versus 6.

Versus 5 will also feature high level bantamweights as #12 Eddie Wineland tries to reach contender status with a win over #2 Joseph Benavidez.

Former champion #3 Brian Bowles and #4 Urijah Faber will meet at UFC 139 in what has to be a #1 contender's match.

#6 Scott Jorgensen will welcome Jeff Curran back to the UFC at UFC 137.


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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