MMA Nation September 2012 Consensus Rankings: Heavyweight

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Junior dos Santos will make his second title defense against the man he took the belt from, Cain Velasquez.

Our sources are cited in the chart at the bottom of this post.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Junior dos Santos 275 UFC 1
2 Cain Velasquez 264 UFC 2
3 Daniel Cormier 236 Strikeforce 3
4 Alistair Overeem 233 UFC 4
5 Fabricio Werdum 233 UFC 5
6 Frank Mir 226 UFC 6
7 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 205 UFC 8
8 Josh Barnett 202 Strikeforce 7
9 Antonio Silva 146 UFC 9
10 Travis Browne 126 UFC 12
11 Mark Hunt 120 UFC 11
12 Roy Nelson 111 UFC 13
13 Stefan Struve 108 UFC 14
14 Mike Russow 93 UFC 15
15 Cheick Kongo 92 UFC 16
16 Ben Rothwell 89 UFC 18
17 Sergei Kharitonov 72 Russian MMA Championship 20
18 Stipe Miocic 71 UFC 21
19 Brendan Schaub 70 UFC 22
20 Fedor Emelianenko 64 Retired 19
21 Damian Grabowski 61 Bellator 23
22 Matt Mitrione 57 UFC 24
23 Cole Konrad 55 Retired 17
24 Gabriel Gonzaga 55 UFC 25
25 Kenny Garner 44 M-1 Mix-FC 26

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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