The only real news in the heavyweight division is the reappearance of Andrei Arlovski in the bottom of the top 25.
Our sources are cited at the bottom of this post.
#1 Junior dos Santovs vs. #2 Cain Velasquez on December 29, 2012
#3 Daniel Cormier vs. Dion Staring on January 12, 2013
#4 Fabricio Werdum vs. #9 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on June 8, 2013
#6 Alistair Overeem vs. #7 Antonio Silva on February 2, 2013
#11 Roy Nelson vs. #28 Matt Mitrione on December 15, 2012
#15 Ben Rothwell vs. #20 Gabriel Gonzaga on January 19, 2013
#16 Mike Russow vs. Shawn Jordan on January 26, 2012
#21 Richard Hale vs. #27 Alexander Volkov on December 14, 2012
#21 Andrei Arlovsk vs. Mike Hayes on December 16, 2012
#21 Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson on December 8, 2012
|1||Junior dos Santos||200||UFC||1|
|9||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira||134||UFC||8|
|18||Sergei Kharitonov||58||Russian MMAC||18|
|21||Andrei Arlovski||49||Battle of Moscow||NR|
|25||Kenny Garner||47||M-1 Mix-FC||21|
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.