USA TODAY/MMA Nation September 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 90 UFC 4
5 Demetrious Johnson 82 UFC 5
6 Scott Jorgensen 79 UFC 6
7 Miguel Torres 68 UFC 7
8 Brad Pickett 59 UFC 8
9 Takeya Mizugaki 51 UFC 9
10 Masakatsu Ueda 43 Amazon Forest Combat 10
11 Wagnney Fabiano 36 UFC 12
12 Renan Barao 34 UFC 11
13 Eddie Wineland 33 UFC 13
14 Michael McDonald 32 UFC 14
15 Antonio Banuelos 27 DREAM 20
16 Alexis Vila 25 Bellator NR
17 Zach Makovsky 25 Bellator 15
18 Damacio Page 25 UFC 16
19 Bibiano Fernandes 23 DREAM 27
20 Masakazu Imanari 21 DREAM 17
21 Joe Warren 18 Bellator 21
22 Hideo Tokoro 18 DREAM 18
23 Charlie Valencia 14 UFC 22
24 Takafumi Otsuka 13 DREAM 19
24 Raphael Assuncao 13 UFC NR

Having already defeated bantamweights ranked 2-4, #1 Dominick Cruz will defend his belt against #5 Demetrious Johnson at UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson this Saturday.

That card will also feature bouts between other bantamweights you may or may not have ever heard of.

Finally, Bellator 54 will feature its Bantamweight Champion #17 Zach Makovsky in a non-title fight against an unranked Ryan Roberts.

 

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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