USA TODAY/MMA NATION March 2012 Consensus Rankings: Light Heavyweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jon Jones 350 UFC 1
2 Dan Henderson 327 UFC 3
3 Rashad Evans 326 UFC 2
4 Mauricio Rua 311 UFC 4
5 Lyoto Machida 294 UFC 6
6 Phil Davis 262 UFC 7
7 Ryan Bader 227.6 UFC 16
8 Quinton Jackson 227.3 UFC 5
9 Alexander Gustafsson 213.1 UFC 9
10 Forrest Griffin 200.2 UFC 8
11 Gegard Mousasi 175.2 Strikeforce 10
12 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 173.2 UFC 11
13 Muhammed Lawal 127.6 Strikeforce 13
14 Rafael Cavalcante 126.6 Strikeforce 12
15 Thiago Silva 118.75 UFC 15
16 Rich Franklin 104.35 UFC 14
17 Tito Ortiz 99.55 UFC 17
18 Vladimir Matyushenko 77.6 UFC 18
19 Stanislav Nedkov 67.35 UFC 19
20 Ryan Jimmo 65.35 UFC 22
21 Stephan Bonnar 64.35 UFC 20
22 Renato Sobral 55.35 Strikeforce 21
22 Mike Kyle 55.35 Strikeforce 24
24 Brandon Vera 49.35 UFC 23
25 Randy Couture 48.35 UFC 26

#1 Jon Jones vs. #3 Rashad Evans on April 21, 2012.

#9 Alexander Gustafsson vs. #15 Thiago Silva on April 14, 2012.

#10 Forrest Griffin vs. #17 Tito Ortiz on July 7, 2012.

#22 Renato Sobral vs. Steve Bosse 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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