USA TODAY/MMA Nation February 2012 Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 375 UFC 1
2 Hatsu Hioki 344 UFC 2
3 Chad Mendes 341 UFC 3
4 Pat Curran 300 Bellator 4
5 Diego Nunes 267 UFC 6
6 Marlon Sandro 254 Bellator 5
7 Dustin Poirier 244 UFC 7
8 Erik Koch 206 UFC 8
9 Kenny Florian 204 UFC 10
10 Bart Palaszewski 183 UFC 12
11 Chan Sung Jung 177 UFC 9
12 Tatsuya Kawajiri 167 DREAM 14
13 Mark Hominick 145 UFC 11
14 Hiroyuki Takaya 138 DREAM 15
15 Manny Gamburyan 127 UFC 13
16 Patricio Freire 121 Bellator 16
17 Yuri Alcantara 103 UFC 19
17 Robert Peralta 103 UFC 18
19 Tyson Griffin 102 UFC 17
20 Ricardo Lamas 76 UFC 22
21 Darren Elkins 75 UFC 21
22 Michihiro Omigawa 74 UFC 24
23 Ross Pearson 68 UFC 25
24 Rani Yahya 66 UFC 20
25 Takeshi Inoue 65 DREAM 26

Upcoming Bouts:

#4 Pat Curran vs. Joe Warren on March 9, 2012.

#2 Hatsu Hioki vs. #10 Bart Palaszewski on February 26, 2012.

#5 Diego Nunes vs. Dennis Siver on April 14, 2012.

#7 Dustin Poirier vs. #11 Chan Sung Jung on May 15, 2012.

#6 Marlon Sandro vs. Roberto Vargas on March 9, 2012.

#13 Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin on April 21, 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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