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USAT/SBN October 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 100 WEC 1
2 Mike Brown 90 WEC 3
3 Manny Gamburyan 89 WEC 2
4 Urijah Faber 86 WEC 4
5 Marlon Sandro 81 WVR 5
6 Bibiano Fernandes 80 DREAM 6
7 Michihiro Omigawa 72 DREAM 7
8 Josh Grispi 71 WEC 9
9 Hatsu Hioki 70 WVR 8
10 Joe Warren 49 Bellator 11
11 Masanori Kanehara 42 WVR 10
12 L.C. Davis 34 WEC 12
13 Mark Hominick 34 WEC 20
14 Leonard Garcia 29 WEC 13
15 Yuji Hoshino 28 WVR 17
16 Deividas Taurosevicius 27 Bellator 13
16 Hiroyuki Takaya 27 DREAM 16
18 Rafael Assuncao 27 WEC 15
19 Chad Mendes 26 WEC 19
20 Diego Nunes 25 WEC 18
21 Kazuyuki Miyata 20 DREAM 21
22 Joachim Hansen 18 DREAM 22
23 Joe Soto 17 Bellator 23
24 Takeshi Inoue 15 DREAM 24
25 Wilson Reis 13 Bellator 38

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

Welcome to the UFC #1 Jose Aldo. No opponent yet, but he'll defend his Featherweight belt at UFC 125. That's a big deal and a great thing for the talented Aldo, the UFC and MMA fans everywhere.


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.

We are now moving to what JCS of Fight Matrix has described as assumed rankings in an attempt to rank fighters who move between weight classes. This has been the biggest problem with the consensus rankings and we believe this new methodology will rectify that.

Let's take Anderson Silva for instance. 87% (13 of 15) of our panelists have him at Light Heavyweight and 100% (15 of 15) at Middleweight. On the 13 ballots that ranked Silva at 205, we took the average (21.2). We then reduced that number by half the percentage of Light Heavyweight ballots that he was not included on. Say he's not on 30% of them, then we do a 15% penalty on the average that we found in the previous step. That number is then used instead of the usual "normalization number" to provide points from those not ranking the fighter in the weight class in question. This avoids fighters being excessively penalized by confusion about which weight class they belong.

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