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


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jon Jones 400 UFC 1
2 Rashad Evans 373 UFC 3
3 Dan Henderson 372 UFC 2
4 Mauricio Rua 352 UFC 4
5 Quinton Jackson 337 UFC 5
6 Lyoto Machida 326 UFC 6
7 Phil Davis 284 UFC 7
8 Forrest Griffin 261 UFC 8
9 Alexander Gustafsson 237 UFC 9
10 Gegard Mousasi 210 Strikeforce 11
11 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 203 UFC 10
12 Rafael Cavalcante 185 Strikeforce 12
13 Muhammed Lawal 156 Strikeforce 13
14 Rich Franklin 150 UFC 14
15 Thiago Silva 149 UFC 15
16 Ryan Bader 117 UFC 16
17 Tito Ortiz 100 UFC 17
18 Vladimir Matyushenko 85 UFC 18
19 Stanislav Nedkov 75 UFC 20
20 Stephan Bonnar 67 UFC 25
21 Renato Sobral 64 One Fighting Championship 19
22 Ryan Jimmo 62 UFC 21
23 Brandon Vera 60 UFC 22
24 Mike Kyle 56 Strikeforce 23
25 Roger Gracie 54 UFC 24

Upcoming Bouts:

#1 Jon Jones vs. #2 Rashad Evanson April 21, 2012.

#5 Quinton Jackson vs. #16 Ryan Bader on February 26, 2012.

#9 Alexander Gustafsson vs. #11 Antonio Rogerio Nogueiraon April 14, 2012.

#15 Thiago Silva vs. Igor Pokrajac on May 15, 2012.

#21 Renato Sobral vs. Melvin Manhoef on March 31, 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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