USA TODAY/MMA Nation February 2012 Consensus Rankings: Heavyweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Junior dos Santos 400 UFC 1
2 Alistair Overeem 376 UFC 2
2 Cain Velasquez 376 UFC 2
4 Frank Mir 333 UFC 4
5 Fabricio Werdum 328 UFC 5
6 Shane Carwin 291 UFC 6
7 Josh Barnett 291 Strikeforce 8
8 Daniel Cormier 284 Strikeforce 7
9 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 279 UFC 9
10 Antonio Silva 209 UFC 10
11 Fedor Emelianenko 172 M-1 Global 11
12 Cheick Kongo 171 UFC 12
13 Brendan Schaub 150 UFC 13
14 Roy Nelson 135 UFC 14
15 Brock Lesnar 118 UFC 15
16 Travis Browne 111 UFC 17
17 Mike Russow 110 UFC 18
18 Sergei Kharitonov 96 Strikeforce 16
19 Cole Konrad 83 Bellator 19
20 Stefan Struve 81 UFC 22
21 Matt Mitrione 69 UFC 21
22 Gabriel Gonzaga 60 UFC 20
22 Mark Hunt 60 UFC 23
24 Pat Barry 54 UFC 26
25 Dan Henderson 51 UFC 24

Upcoming Bouts:

#1 Junior dos Santos vs. #2 Alistair Overeem on May 26, 2012.

#12 Cheick Kongo vs. #22 Mark Hunt on February 26, 2012.

#13 Brendan Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell on April 21, 2012.

#16 Travis Browne vs. Chad Griggs on April 21, 2012.

#24 Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson on May 5, 2012.

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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