USA TODAY/MMA Nation August 2011 Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 100 UFC 1
2 Joseph Benavidez 93 UFC 2
3 Brian Bowles 91 UFC 3
4 Urijah Faber 89 UFC 4
5 Demetrious Johnson 83 UFC 5
6 Scott Jorgensen 80 UFC 6
7 Miguel Torres 69 UFC 7
8 Brad Pickett 63 UFC 8
9 Takeya Mizugaki 49 UFC 9
10 Masakatsu Ueda 42 Shooto 10
11 Renan Barao 38 UFC 11
12 Wagnney Fabiano 37 UFC 13
13 Eddie Wineland 37 UFC 12
14 Michael McDonald 33 UFC 14
15 Zach Makovsky 25 Bellator 15
16 Damacio Page 24 UFC 16
17 Masakazu Imanari 22 DREAM 17
18 Hideo Tokoro 20 DREAM 20
19 Takafumi Otsuka 19 DEEP 19
20 Antonio Banuelos 18 DREAM 18
21 Joe Warren 17 Bellator 21
22 Charlie Valencia 14 UFC 22
23 Ian Loveland 13 UFC 23
24 Hiroshi Nakamura 13 DEEP 26
25 Ivan Menjivar 13 UFC 25

Saturday's UFC 134 will showcase #23 Ian Loveland vs. Yves Jabouin in a battle for relevance.

If you're hoping to see a top 10 bantamweight in the Octagon you'll have to wait until UFC 135 where #9 Takeya Mizugaki is scheduled to face Cole Escovedo. The event will also feature #16 Damacio Page vs. Norifumi Yamamoto.

Bellator 51 will host the first round of Bellator's bantamweight tournament including #21 Joe Warren vs. Alexis Vila.


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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