June's MMA Nation Consensus Rankings are now live. Aside from the Featherweight and Bantamweight divisions, the top 10s saw little change. Heavyweight, Middleweight and Welterweight have the same 10 names at the top as they did in May. Martin Kampmann's ascent from 9th to a tie for 2nd following his destruction of Jake Ellenberger was the most noteworthy event in those divisions.
In the Light Heavyweight and Lightweight divisions, we saw a new addition to the top 10 in the form of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Donald Cerrone due to little more than inactivity of former top 10 fighter Forrest Griffin and a slight change to the makeup of our panel of experts.
The biggest moves, though, happened in the divisions populated by the smallest competitors. Ricardo Lamas shot up 20 spots in the rankings on the strength of his unanimous decision victory over the former #2 Hatsu Hioki. The other big jump was for Eddie Wineland thanks to his KO of Scott Jorgensen. Featherweight also saw two previously unranked fighters move into the top 25. Hacran Dias and Cub Swanson both showed enough in their last fights to show up on six and five ballots respectively.
Light Heavyweight added Renato Sobral back into the top 25 after his return to activity and Middleweight did the same for Rich Franklin though his last fight was actually contested at 190 lbs. The only other newly ranked fighters were Erick Silva at 170 and Paul Sass at 155. As is the case every month it seems, Brad Pickett and Dustin Poirier continue to be vastly overrated.
Details of our methodology in the full entry.
Based on the premise that all MMA rankings are subjective but that it’s still useful and informative to know who the MMA community as a whole ranks as the best fighters in MMA, we collect and average the rankings of the top MMA sources 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.
NOTE: We have modified our method of gathering our rankings because the strict scheduling requirements of USA TODAY clash with the more irregular schedules of many of the MMA rankings sites. That was causing us to use a different set of sources almost every month. That combined with the small number of sites doing top 25 rankings was causing the Consensus rankings to have a lower "signal to noise" ratio than we would like -- that is if fighters are going to be moving up or down I would like it to be because there has been a change in the consensus opinion, not a change in our sources. Therefore we have cut back our sources to just those sites that we can depend on to update every month. We have also contacted many of the rankers that only publish top 10 lists and asked them to provide top 25 lists. As always we listen to your suggestions and are always working to improve the USAT/SBN Consensus MMA Rankings.
Also worth noting is that this month we instituted a rule that if a fighter is active in other weight classes he must have competed within a given weight class within the last 365 days in order to be ranked in that class in an attempt to improve the overall quality of our product. In order to be ranked at all, a fighter must have been active within the last 450 days.
Check out the USA TODAY/MMA Nation Consensus Rankings to see who's rising and who's falling.