USA TODAY/MMA Nation January 2012 Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 375 UFC 1
2 Urijah Faber 356 UFC 2
3 Joseph Benavidez 341 UFC 3
4 Brian Bowles 315 UFC 4
5 Scott Jorgensen 305 UFC 5
6 Demetrious Johnson 301 UFC 6
7 Renan Barao 261 UFC 7
8 Miguel Torres 220 UFC 8
9 Bibiano Fernandes 206 DREAM 13
10 Masakatsu Ueda 175 Shooto 10
11 Takeya Mizugaki 165 UFC 11
12 Brad Pickett 157 UFC 9
13 Michael McDonald 141 UFC 12
14 Zach Makovsky 118 Bellator 15
15 Eduardo Dantas 115 Bellator 16
16 Wagnney Fabiano 108 Bellator 14
17 Antonio Banuelos 104 DREAM 16
18 Eddie Wineland 93 UFC 18
19 Alexis Vila 88 Bellator 19
20 Damacio Page 69 UFC 21
21 Joe Warren 62 Bellator 23
22 Masakazu Imanari 58 DREAM 21
23 Marcos Galvao 56 Bellator 26
24 Raphael Assuncao 52 UFC 30
25 Yves Jabouin 51 UFC 32

Upcoming Bouts:

#3 Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani at UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann

#5 Scott Jorgensen vs. #7 Renan Barao at UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit

#6 Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall at UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann

#11 Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso at UFC 144

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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