USA TODAY/MMA Nation September 2011 Consensus Rankings: Light Heavyweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jon Jones 100 UFC 1
2 Mauricio Rua 94 UFC 3
3 Rashad Evans 93 UFC 2
4 Quinton Jackson 87 UFC 4
5 Lyoto Machida 85 UFC 5
6 Dan Henderson 78 UFC 7
7 Phil Davis 72 UFC 8
8 Forrest Griffin 68 UFC 6
9 Rafael Cavalcante 49 Strikeforce 10
10 Gegard Mousasi 47 Strikeforce 9
11 Muhammed Lawal 40 Strikeforce 16
12 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 38 UFC 12
13 Thiago Silva 37 UFC 11
14 Rich Franklin 37 UFC 13
15 Alexander Gustafsson 36 UFC 15
16 Tito Ortiz 31 UFC 14
17 Ryan Bader 26 UFC 17
18 Vladimir Matyushenko 19 UFC 19
19 Renato Sobral 17 Strikeforce 18
20 Cyrille Diabate 16 UFC 21
21 Stanislav Nedkov 14 UFC NR
22 Randy Couture 14 UFC 23
23 Roger Gracie 13 Strikeforce 20
24 Keith Jardine 12 Strikeforce 24
25 Brandon Vera 12 UFC 25
25 Jason Brilz 12 UFC 30
25 Kyle Kingsbury 12 UFC 26

#1 Jon Jones made his first successful title defense against #4 Quinton Jackson this past Saturday at UFC 135 keeping hope alive that we'll get to see Jones fight #3 Rashad Evans with the title on the line.

#9 Rafael Cavalcante and #11 Muhammed Lawal both faced and defeated lower (or un)ranked opposition at Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov keeping their names in the discussion of contenders at 205.

The next month currently has no top 25 light heavyweight action scheduled, though the following months should make up for it.


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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