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

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jon Jones 350 UFC 1
2 Dan Henderson 331 UFC 2
3 Rashad Evans 323 UFC 3
4 Mauricio Rua 310 UFC 4
5 Lyoto Machida 293 UFC 5
6 Phil Davis 259 UFC 6
7 Alexander Gustafsson 239 UFC 9
8 Ryan Bader 233 UFC 7
9 Quinton Jackson 229 UFC 8
10 Forrest Griffin 194 UFC 10
11 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 178 UFC 12
12 Gegard Mousasi 163 Strikeforce 11
13 Muhammed Lawal 120 Strikeforce 13
13 Rafael Cavalcante 120 Strikeforce 14
15 Rich Franklin 99 UFC 16
16 Tito Ortiz 98 UFC 17
17 Thiago Silva 94 UFC 15
18 Vladimir Matyushenko 80 UFC 18
19 Ryan Jimmo 70 UFC 20
20 Stanislav Nedkov 68 UFC 19
21 Stephan Bonnar 67 UFC 21
22 Mike Kyle 61 Strikeforce 22
23 Renato Sobral 58 Instinct MMA 22
24 Brandon Vera 57 UFC 24
24 Randy Couture 57 Retired 25

Upcoming Fights:

Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz on July 7, 2012
Rafael Cavalcante vs. Mike Kyle on May 19, 2012
Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le on July 7, 2012
Glover Teixeira vs. Kyle Kingsbury on May 26, 2012
Brandon Vera vs. James Te Huna on July 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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