USA TODAY/MMA NATION March 2012 Consensus Rankings: Heavyweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Junior dos Santos 350 UFC 1
2 Alistair Overeem 330 UFC 2
3 Cain Velasquez 327 UFC 2
4 Fabricio Werdum 291 UFC 5
5 Frank Mir 289 UFC 4
6 Josh Barnett 262 Strikeforce 7
7 Shane Carwin 257 UFC 6
8 Daniel Cormier 245 Strikeforce 8
9 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 243 UFC 9
10 Antonio Silva 201 UFC 10
11 Fedor Emelianenko 149 M-1 Global 11
12 Brendan Schaub 132 UFC 13
13 Mark Hunt 125 UFC 22
14 Roy Nelson 112 UFC 14
15 Travis Browne 109 UFC 16
16 Brock Lesnar 101 UFC 15
17 Cheick Kongo 96 UFC 12
18 Mike Russow 91 UFC 17
19 Cole Konrad 88 Bellator 19
20 Sergei Kharitonov 80 Strikeforce 18
21 Stefan Struve 76 UFC 20
22 Matt Mitrione 63 UFC 21
23 Gabriel Gonzaga 55 UFC 22
24 Dan Henderson 55 UFC 25
25 Pat Barry 48 UFC 24
25 Stipe Miocic 48 UFC 26

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

#3 Cain Velasquez vs. #5 Frank Mir on May 26, 2012.

#8 Daniel Cormier vs. #6 Josh Barnett on May 19, 2012.

#10 Antonio Silva vs. #14 Roy Nelson on May 26, 2012.

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

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

#25 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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