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

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jon Jones 375 UFC 1
2 Dan Henderson 357 UFC 2
3 Rashad Evans 342 UFC 3
4 Mauricio Rua 333 UFC 4
5 Lyoto Machida 315 UFC 5
6 Phil Davis 278 UFC 6
7 Alexander Gustafsson 260 UFC 7
8 Ryan Bader 250 UFC 8
9 Quinton Jackson 242 UFC 9
10 Forrest Griffin 206 UFC 10
11 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 180 UFC 11
12 Gegard Mousasi 175 Strikeforce 12
13 Rafael Cavalcante 155 Strikeforce 13
14 Muhammed Lawal 124 Strikeforce 13
15 Tito Ortiz 115 UFC 16
16 Thiago Silva 96 UFC 17
17 Vladimir Matyushenko 87 UFC 18
18 Stanislav Nedkov 80 UFC 20
19 Stephan Bonnar 77 UFC 21
20 Ryan Jimmo 75 UFC 19
21 Brandon Vera 63 UFC 24
22 Glover Teixeira 60 UFC 30
23 Mike Kyle 59 Strikeforce 22
24 Thales Leites 57 Amazon Forest Combat 26
24 Jan Blachowicz 57 KSW 30

Upcoming Bouts:

#1 Jon Jones vs. #2 Dan Henderson on September 1, 2012.

#4 Mauricio Rua vs. #16 Thiago Silva on July 21, 2012.

#5 Lyoto Machida vs. #8 Ryan Bader on August 4, 2012.

#10 Forrest Griffin vs. #15 Tito Ortiz on July 7, 2012.

#6 Phil Davis vs. Chad Griggs on August 4, 2012.

#20 Ryan Jimmo vs. Anthony Perosh on July 21, 2012.
#22 Glover Teixeira vs. Kyle Kingsbury on May 26, 2012.

#21 Brandon Vera vs. James Te Huna on July 11, 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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