USA TODAY/MMA NATION March 2012 Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 350 UFC 1
2 Urijah Faber 335 UFC 2
3 Renan Barao 318 UFC 3
4 Brian Bowles 301 UFC 5
5 Scott Jorgensen 273 UFC 7
6 Miguel Torres 261 UFC 8
7 Bibiano Fernandes 226 DREAM 9
8 Michael McDonald 214 UFC 10
9 Brad Pickett 184 UFC 13
10 Masakatsu Ueda 177 Shooto 11
11 Eduardo Dantas 150 Bellator 15
12 Zach Makovsky 128 Bellator 14
13 Alexis Vila 114 Bellator 17
14 Antonio Banuelos 112 DREAM 16
15 Joseph Benavidez 108 UFC 4
16 Takeya Mizugaki 106 UFC 12
17 Chris Cariaso 100 UFC 33
18 Demetrious Johnson 96 UFC 6
19 Eddie Wineland 90 UFC 18
20 Damacio Page 77 UFC 20
21 Yves Jabouin 65 UFC 22
22 Marcos Galvao 62 Bellator 22
23 Masakazu Imanari 62 One Fighting Championship 19
24 Ivan Menjivar 60 UFC 25
25 Raphael Assuncao 60 UFC 24

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

#3 Renan Barao vs. #24 Ivan Menjivar on July 7, 2012.

#12 Zach Makovsky vs. #11 Eduardo Dantas on April 13, 2012.

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

#21 Yves Jabouin vs. Jeff Hougland on May 15, 2012.

#22 Marcos Galvao vs. Ed West on April 13, 2012.

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

#9 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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