USA TODAY/MMA NATION May 2012 Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 375 UFC 1
2 Urijah Faber 359 UFC 2
3 Renan Barao 341 UFC 3
4 Brian Bowles 319 UFC 4
5 Michael McDonald 305 UFC 5
6 Scott Jorgensen 289 UFC 6
7 Brad Pickett 249 UFC 7
8 Bibiano Fernandes 234 DREAM 9
9 Eduardo Dantas 232 Bellator 10
10 Miguel Torres 224 UFC 8
11 Chris Cariaso 108 UFC 13
12 Zach Makovsky 107 Bellator 12
12 Antonio Banuelos 107 DREAM 11
14 Luis Alberto Nogueira 94 Bellator 16
15 Joseph Benavidez 92 UFC 14
16 Takeya Mizugaki 89 UFC 15
17 Marcos Galvao 87 Bellator 24
18 Masakatsu Ueda 86 Bellator 21
19 Yves Jabouin 85 UFC 23
20 Alexis Vila 84 Bellator 22
21 Demetrious Johnson 80 UFC 19
22 Travis Marx 80 Bellator 18
23 Ivan Menjivar 79 UFC 20
23 Eddie Wineland 79 UFC 17
25 Ian Loveland 63 Tachi Palace Fights 34

Upcoming Bouts:

#2 Urijah Faber vs. #3 Renan Barao on July 7, 2012.

#14 Luis Alberto Nogueira vs. Hiroshi Nakamura on May 25, 2012.

#6 Scott Jorgensen vs. #23 Eddie Wineland on June 8, 2012.

#23 Ivan Menjivar vs. Mike Easton on July 7, 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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