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USAT/SBN January 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Featherweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 100 UFC 1
2 Hatsu Hioki 90 WVR 8
3 Manny Gamburyan 87 UFC 2
4 Michihiro Omigawa 81 UFC 6
5 Marlon Sandro 69 WVR 4
6 Diego Nunes 65 UFC 14
7 Hiroyuki Takaya 62 K-1 15
8 Bibiano Fernandes 60 K-1 5
9 Mark Hominick 54 UFC 11
10 Dustin Poirier 52 UFC NR
11 Joe Warren 51 Bellator 9
12 Chad Mendes 47 UFC 12
13 Josh Grispi 41 UFC 7
14 Mike Brown 39 UFC 2
15 Masanori Kanehara 28 WVR 10
16 Rafael Assuncao 27 UFC 17
17 Rani Yahya 27 UFC NR
18 Kazuyuki Miyata 26 K-1 20
19 L.C. Davis 25 UFC 17
20 Yoshiro Maeda 24 WVR 39
21 Yuji Hoshino 21 WVR 16
22 Joachim Hansen 20 Superior Challenge 19
23 Urijah Faber 19 UFC 13
24 Deividas Taurosevicius 18 Bellator 20
25 Leonard Garcia 17 UFC 22

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

#9 Mark Hominick fought his way into the top 10 by blasting George Roop at UFC Fight for the Troops 2. More importantly he fought his way into a title shot against #1 Jose Aldo at UFC 129.

Poor #13 Josh Grispi was supposed to face Aldo at UFC 125 but Aldo's injury forced him to face #10 Dustin Poirier instead. Poirier pasted him and Grispi will be starting down the come back trail instead of fighting for the title.

#2 Hatsu Hioki decisioned an injured #5 Marlon Sandro at Sengoku Soul of Fight. It was a great performance from Hioki and fans can only hope he and Sandro both will join the exodus of fighters from Japan to the UFC.

#7 Hiroyuki Takaya edged #8 Bibiano Fernandes at Dream Dynamite!! 2010. Takaya and Fernandes seem even more likely to come to the UFC given the troubles of Dream and K-1's parent company.

#4 Michihiro Omigawa will make his UFC featherweight debut against #12 Chad Mendes at UFC 126.

#14 Mike Brown plummets down the rankings after losing a controversial decision to #6 Diego Nunes at UFC 125 and then immediately follow it with a listless decision loss to #17 Rani Yahya at UFC Fight for the Troops 2. The former champ is 2-3 since losing his title to Aldo.

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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