USA TODAY/MMA Nation August 2011 Consensus Rankings: Heavyweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Cain Velasquez 100 UFC 1
2 Junior dos Santos 95 UFC 2
3 Alistair Overeem 90 Strikeforce 3
4 Brock Lesnar 86 UFC 4
5 Antonio Silva 80 Strikeforce 6
6 Fabricio Werdum 80 Strikeforce 5
7 Frank Mir 75 UFC 7
8 Shane Carwin 73 UFC 8
9 Josh Barnett 60 Strikeforce 10
10 Brendan Schaub 46 UFC 12
11 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 43 UFC 11
12 Fedor Emelianenko 42 M-1 Global / Strikeforce 9
13 Sergei Kharitonov 35 Strikeforce 14
14 Roy Nelson 32 UFC 13
15 Cheick Kongo 31 UFC 15
16 Travis Browne 26 UFC 16
17 Matt Mitrione 24 UFC 19
18 Mike Russow 24 UFC 17
19 Cole Konrad 22 Bellator 17
20 Daniel Cormier 21 Strikeforce 20
21 Brett Rogers 20 Strikeforce 22
22 Ben Rothwell 18 UFC 21
23 Pedro Rizzo 16 Impact Fighting Championships 25
24 Stefan Struve 15 UFC 23
25 Pat Barry 15 UFC 24

This Saturday at UFC 134, #10 Brendan Schaub looks to continue his climb up the rankings against #11 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

The Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals will feature #9 Josh Barnett vs. #13 Sergei Kharitonov as they battle for the right to take on the winner of #5 Antonio Silva vs. #20 Daniel Cormier. I think we can all agree that Cormier vs. Kharitonov is the finals matchup we've all been rooting for all along.

Finally, UFC 135 will close out the month with #16 Travis Browne vs. Rob Broughton and #22 Ben Rothwell vs. Mark Hunt.


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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