USA TODAY/MMA NATION April 2012 Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 350 UFC 1
2 Hatsu Hioki 328 UFC 2
3 Chad Mendes 304 UFC 3
4 Pat Curran 291 Bellator 4
5 Marlon Sandro 263 Bellator 5
6 Dustin Poirier 239 UFC 7
7 Kenny Florian 231 UFC 8
8 Dennis Siver 211 UFC NR
9 Erik Koch 191 UFC 9
10 Diego Nunes 172 UFC 6
11 Chan Sung Jung 161 UFC 10
12 Tatsuya Kawajiri 149 One Fighting Championship 12
13 Bart Palaszewski 121 UFC 11
14 Hiroyuki Takaya 117 DREAM 14
15 Manny Gamburyan 112 UFC 15
16 Yuri Alcantara 106 UFC 17
17 Tyson Griffin 97 UFC 19
18 Robert Peralta 96 UFC 18
19 Patricio Freire 87 Bellator 16
20 Takeshi Inoue 64 DREAM 24
21 Ricardo Lamas 64 UFC 20
22 Darren Elkins 61 UFC 21
23 Michihiro Omigawa 61 UFC 22
24 Ross Pearson 57 UFC 25
25 Mark Hominick 56 UFC 13

Upcoming Fights:

Daniel Straus vs. Marlon Sandro on May 11, 2012
Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung on May 15, 2012
Ross Pearson vs. Cub Swanson on June 22, 2012
Charles Oliveira vs. Jonathan Brookins on June 1, 2012
Daniel Pineda vs. Mike Brown on May 26, 2012
Darren Elkins vs. Diego Brandao on May 26, 2012
Steven Siler vs. Jim Hettes on June 22, 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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