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USAT/SBN June 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 225 WEC 1
2 Brian Bowles 213 WEC 2
3 Joseph Benavidez 209 WEC 3
4 Miguel Torres 191 WEC 4
5 Scott Jorgensen 177 WEC 5
6 Takeya Mizugaki 167 WEC 6
7 Masakatsu Ueda 141 Shooto 8
8 Wagnney Fabiano 127 WEC 10
9 Rani Yahya 124 WEC 9
10 Charlie Valencia 122 WEC 11
11 Damacio Page 118 WEC 7
12 Masakazu Imanari 117 DEEP 12
13 Shuichiro Katsumura 109 Shooto 13
14 Akitoshi Tamura 101 WEC 14
15 Brad Pickett 89 WEC 15
16 Eddie Wineland 88 WEC 18
17 Abel Cullum 86 KOTC 17
18 Antonio Banuelos 76 WEC 16
19 Jeff Curran 32 Bellator 19
19 Cole Escovedo 32 DREAM 20
21 Yoshiro Maeda 29 DREAM 21
21 Clint Godfrey 29 WEC 22
23 Ian Loveland 27 WEC 23
24 Seiya Kawahara 25 Pancrase 27
25 Kenji Osawa 24 DREAM 34
25 Chase Beebe 24 DREAM 26

The Bantamweight division hasn't been seeing too much significant action in a few months. This will change when #1 Dominick Cruz defends his WEC belt against #3 Joseph Benavidez on August 18.

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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