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USAT/SBN May 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 325 WEC 1
2 Manny Gamburyan 306 WEC 2
3 Urijah Faber 283 WEC 3
4 Mike Brown 282 WEC 4
5 Bibiano Fernandes 269 DREAM 5
6 Hatsu Hioki 251 WVR 6
7 Michihiro Omigawa 224 J-Rock Promotions 7
8 Marlon Sandro 196 WVR 8
9 Masanori Kanehara 188 WVR 9
10 Josh Grispi 170 WEC 10
11 Rafael Assuncao 169 WEC 11
12 L.C. Davis 139 WEC 12
13 Leonard Garcia 119 WEC 13
14 Deividas Taurosevicius 116 WEC 14
15 Yuji Hoshino 101 WVR 16
16 Takeshi Inoue 90 Shooto 15
17 Chad Mendes 86 WEC 17
18 Joachim Hansen 80 DREAM 18
19 Takafumi Otsuka 76 DEEP 19
20 Mark Hominick 75 WEC 20
21 Joe Warren 73 Bellator 25
21 Joe Soto 73 Bellator 22
23 Mackens Semerzier 61 WEC 21
24 Hiroyuki Takaya 55 DREAM 23
25 Chan Sung Jung 54 WEC 24

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

Unlike last month and like the bantamweights this month, there's not a lot of movement here.

As we all know, now #1 Jose Aldo defended his title for the first time against #3 Urijah Faber at WEC 48. Aldo looked positively sensational in the bout, easily routing the California Kid while leaving the Team Alpha Male member unable to walk for days with damage left from brutal leg kicks. No word has yet been made official by the WEC, but expectations are that #2 Manny Gamburyan will square off against Aldo in the Brazilian's next title defense.

As we all know, #2 Gamburyan upset former WEC Featherweight Champion #4 Mike Thomas Brown at WEC 48, thereby likely placing himself in line for a shot at Jose Aldo. Since that event, Brown has stated his personal problems do not explain his loss despite even UFC President Dana White suggesting they might play a role.

No movement for #5 Bibiano Fernandes. After defeating #18 Joachim Hansen in DREAM's first featherweight tournament. There's no official word on when he's set to defend his title, however, the man he defeated to take the title is set to fight Hiroyuki Takaya at DREAM. 14.

#6 Hatsu Hioki stays in the sixth spot and is finally returning to action. He'll locks horn with #16 Lion Takeshi on May 30th for the Shooto promotion.

#7 Michihiro Omigawa stays in the same spot from last month after defeating ATT's Micah Miller at ASTRA's first ever event. The Yoshida Dojo product has openly expressed interest in competing in the WEC to test himself. He had a less than impressive run in the UFC at lightweight, but the featherweight class has proven to be a better fit for the judoka.

#8 Marlon Sandro remains in the eighth spot . He is set to take on #9 Masanori Kanehara (who remains in the ninth spot this month) at Sengoku Raiden Championships 13. That fight is currently the headliner for the event currently scheduled for June 20.

And one man could very well make a name for himself: either #10 Josh Grispi or #12 L.C. Davis. The two are set to meet in a highly competitive affair at WEC 49 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on June 20th.

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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