USA TODAY/MMA NATION April 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 3
4 Frank Mir 290 UFC 5
5 Fabricio Werdum 287 UFC 4
6 Shane Carwin 256 UFC 7
7 Josh Barnett 252 Strikeforce 6
8 Daniel Cormier 250 Strikeforce 8
9 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 241 UFC 9
10 Antonio Silva 218 UFC 10
11 Fedor Emelianenko 145 M-1 11
12 Mark Hunt 138 UFC 13
13 Travis Browne 128 UFC 15
14 Mike Russow 108 UFC 18
15 Roy Nelson 107 UFC 14
16 Cheick Kongo 105 UFC 17
17 Cole Konrad 98 Bellator 19
17 Ben Rothwell 98 UFC 30
19 Brendan Schaub 90 UFC 12
20 Brock Lesnar 87 Retired 16
21 Stefan Struve 84 UFC 21
22 Sergei Kharitonov 79 Strikeforce 20
23 Matt Mitrione 69 UFC 22
24 Dan Henderson 67 UFC 24
25 Gabriel Gonzaga 65 UFC 23

Upcoming Fights:

Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir on May 26, 2012
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva on May 26, 2012
Daniel Cormier vs. Josh Barnett on May 19, 2012
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve on May 26, 2012
Cole Konrad vs. Eric Prindle on May 25, 2012
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shane del Rosario on May 26, 2012
Eddie Sanchez vs. Damian Grabowski on April 27, 2012
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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