USA TODAY/MMA NATION May 2012 Consensus Rankings: Featherweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 375 UFC 1
2 Hatsu Hioki 352 UFC 2
3 Chad Mendes 323 UFC 3
4 Pat Curran 316 Bellator 4
5 Chan Sung Jung 261 UFC 11
6 Dennis Siver 241 UFC 8
7 Dustin Poirier 219 UFC 6
8 Erik Koch 218 UFC 9
9 Kenny Florian 210 UFC 7
10 Marlon Sandro 207 Bellator 5
11 Diego Nunes 183 UFC 10
12 Daniel Straus 149 Bellator 26
13 Tatsuya Kawajiri 145 One Fighting Championship 12
14 Hiroyuki Takaya 123 DREAM 14
15 Patricio Freire 121 Bellator 19
16 Bart Palaszewski 113 UFC 13
17 Manny Gamburyan 105 UFC 15
18 Yuri Alcantara 98 UFC 16
19 Robert Peralta 94 UFC 18
20 Tyson Griffin 82 UFC 17
21 Eddie Yagin 71 UFC 30
22 Takeshi Inoue 68 DREAM 20
23 Mark Hominick 66 UFC 25
24 Ricardo Lamas 65 UFC 21
25 Michihiro Omigawa 60 UFC 23

Upcoming Bouts:

#1 Jose Aldo vs. #8 Erik Koch on July 21, 2012.

#2 Hatsu Hioki vs. #24 Ricardo Lamas on June 22, 2012.

#3 Chad Mendes vs. Cody McKenzie on July 7, 2012.

#18 Yuri Alcantar vs. Hacran Dias on June 23, 2012.

#17 Manny Gamburyan vs. #25 Michihiro Omigawa on August 4, 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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