USA TODAY/MMA NATION May 2012 Consensus Rankings: Heavyweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Junior dos Santos 375 UFC 1
2 Cain Velasquez 353 UFC 3
3 Alistair Overeem 333 UFC 2
4 Frank Mir 308 UFC 4
5 Fabricio Werdum 307 UFC 5
6 Daniel Cormier 301 Strikeforce 8
7 Shane Carwin 273 UFC 6
8 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 266 UFC 9
9 Josh Barnett 253 Strikeforce 7
10 Antonio Silva 244 UFC 10
11 Fedor Emelianenko 157 M-1 Global 11
12 Travis Browne 141 UFC 13
13 Mark Hunt 126 UFC 12
14 Roy Nelson 119 UFC 15
15 Cheick Kongo 106 UFC 16
16 Mike Russow 103 UFC 14
17 Ben Rothwell 93 UFC 17
18 Cole Konrad 92 Bellator 17
19 Stefan Struve 87 UFC 21
20 Sergei Kharitonov 81 Strikeforce 22
21 Brendan Schaub 76 UFC 19
22 Damian Grabowski 68 Bellator NR
23 Matt Mitrione 66 UFC 23
24 Brock Lesnar 65 UFC 20
25 Dan Henderson 64 UFC 24

Upcoming Bouts:

#1 Junior dos Santos vs. #4 Frank Mir on May 26, 2012.

#3 Cain Velasquez vs. #10 Antonio Silva on May 26, 2012.

#5 Fabricio Werdum vs. #16 Mike Russow on June 23, 2012.

#8 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. #15 Cheick Kongo on July 21, 2012.

#11 Fedor Emelianenko vs. Pedro Rizzo on June 21, 2012.

#18 Cole Konrad vs. Eric Prindle on May 25, 2012.

#12 Travis Browne vs. #17 Ben Rothwell on August 4, 2012.

#14 Roy Nelson vs. Dave Herman on May 26, 2012.

#19 Stefan Struve vs. Lavar Johnson on May 26, 2012.

#20 Sergei Kharitonov vs. Tony Lopez on May 26, 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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