USA TODAY/MMA Nation January 2012 Consensus Rankings: Featherweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 400 UFC 1
2 Hatsu Hioki 366 UFC 3
3 Chad Mendes 362 UFC 2
4 Pat Curran 320 Bellator 4
5 Marlon Sandro 275 Bellator 5
6 Diego Nunes 271 UFC 6
7 Dustin Poirier 247 UFC 7
8 Erik Koch 227 UFC 9
9 Chan Sung Jung 200 UFC 12
10 Kenny Florian 199 UFC 8
11 Mark Hominick 193 UFC 11
12 Bart Palaszewski 191 UFC 10
13 Manny Gamburyan 144 UFC 13
14 Tatsuya Kawajiri 142 DREAM 16
15 Hiroyuki Takaya 137 DREAM 14
16 Patricio Freire 124 Bellator 15
17 Tyson Griffin 116 UFC 17
18 Robert Peralta 96 UFC 22
19 Yuri Alcantara 93 UFC 28
20 Rani Yahya 78 UFC 23
21 Darren Elkins 78 UFC 19
22 Ricardo Lamas 77 UFC 24
23 George Roop 72 UFC 30
24 Michihiro Omigawa 72 UFC 20
25 Ross Pearson 71 UFC NR

Upcoming Bouts:

#2 Hatsu Hioki vs. #12 Bart Palaszewski at UFC 144

#20 Rani Yahya vs. Jonathan Brookins at UFC on Fuel TV 1

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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