USA TODAY/MMA Nation January 2012 Consensus Rankings: Light Heavyweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jon Jones 400 UFC 1
2 Dan Henderson 377 UFC 2
3 Rashad Evans 362 UFC 3
4 Mauricio Rua 356 UFC 4
5 Quinton Jackson 338 UFC 5
6 Lyoto Machida 325 UFC 6
7 Phil Davis 286 UFC 7
8 Forrest Griffin 260 UFC 8
9 Alexander Gustafsson 216 UFC 13
10 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 207 UFC 10
11 Gegard Mousasi 196 Strikeforce 9
12 Rafael Cavalcante 173 Strikeforce 12
13 Muhammed Lawal 167 Strikeforce 11
14 Rich Franklin 156 UFC 15
15 Thiago Silva 151 UFC 14
16 Ryan Bader 108 UFC 16
17 Tito Ortiz 100 UFC 17
18 Vladimir Matyushenko 83 UFC 18
19 Renato Sobral 80 Strikeforce 19
20 Stanislav Nedkov 73 UFC 20
21 Ryan Jimmo 72 UFC 21
22 Brandon Vera 63 UFC 24
23 Mike Kyle 62 Strikeforce 26
24 Roger Gracie 61 Strikeforce 23
25 Stephan Bonnar 60 UFC 21

Upcoming Fights:

#3 Rashad Evans vs. #7 Phil Davis at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis

#5 Quinton Jackson vs. #16 Ryan Bader at UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson

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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