USA TODAY/MMA Nation September 2011 Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 100 UFC 1
2 Hatsu Hioki 91 UFC 3
3 Chad Mendes 91 UFC 2
4 Kenny Florian 80 UFC 4
5 Pat Curran 64 Bellator 12
6 Marlon Sandro 63 Bellator 6
7 Mark Hominick 62 UFC 5
8 Diego Nunes 59 UFC 7
9 Tyson Griffin 53 UFC 8
10 Manny Gamburyan 49 UFC 9
11 Erik Koch 44 UFC 13
12 Dustin Poirier 43 UFC 10
13 Joe Warren 40 Bellator 11
14 Hiroyuki Takaya 35 DREAM 14
15 Michihiro Omigawa 30 UFC 17
16 Bibiano Fernandes 28 DREAM 15
17 Patricio Freire 27 Bellator 16
18 Rani Yahya 26 UFC 19
19 Tatsuya Kawajiri 25 DREAM 27
20 Darren Elkins 22 UFC 18
21 Robert Peralta 19 UFC 21
22 Takeshi Inoue 18 DREAM 24
23 Mike Brown 17 UFC 20
24 Masanori Kanehara 16 Battle of Moscow 22
25 Kazuyuki Miyata 15 DREAM 23

UFC 136 will be co-headlined by #1 Jose Aldo as he defends his title against former top lightweight contender #4 Kenny Florian.

Also on the Facebook portion of that card will be #20 Darren Elkins taking on the unranked Zhang Tie Quan.

Unrelated to any upcoming fights, take a gander at Derek Suboticki's ballot and wonder as I did whether he's watching the same fights you are.    


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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