USA TODAY/MMA NATION February 2012 Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 375 UFC 1
2 Urijah Faber 357 UFC 2
3 Renan Barao 322 UFC 7
4 Joseph Benavidez 321 UFC 3
5 Brian Bowles 309 UFC 4
6 Demetrious Johnson 276 UFC 6
7 Scott Jorgensen 273 UFC 5
8 Miguel Torres 251 UFC 8
9 Bibiano Fernandes 222 DREAM 9
10 Michael McDonald 174 UFC 13
11 Masakatsu Ueda 163 Bellator 10
12 Takeya Mizugaki 162 UFC 11
13 Brad Pickett 141 UFC 12
14 Zach Makovsky 134 Bellator 14
15 Eduardo Dantas 130 Bellator 15
16 Antonio Banuelos 109 DREAM 17
17 Alexis Vila 108 Bellator 19
18 Eddie Wineland 100 UFC 18
19 Masakazu Imanari 69 One Fighting Champ. 22
20 Damacio Page 67 UFC 20
21 Joe Warren 64 Bellator 21
22 Yves Jabouin 57 UFC 25
22 Marcos Galvao 57 Bellator 23
24 Raphael Assuncao 53 UFC 24
25 Ivan Menjivar 52 UFC 26

Upcoming Bouts:

#1 Dominick Cruz vs. #2 Urijah Faber on July 7, 2012.

#4 Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani on March 3, 2012.

#14 Zach Makovsky vs. #15 Eduardo Dantas on April 13, 2012.

#6 Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall on March 3, 2012.

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

#8 Miguel Torres vs. #10 Michael McDonald on April 21, 2012.

#12 Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso on February 26, 2012.

#19 Masakazu Imanari vs. Kevin Belingon on March 31, 2012.

#13 Brad Pickett vs. #20 Damacio Page on April 14, 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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