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USA TODAY/MMA Nation August 2011 Consensus Rankings: Light Heavyweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Jon Jones 100 UFC 1
2 Rashad Evans 93 UFC 3
3 Mauricio Rua 92 UFC 2
4 Quinton Jackson 88 UFC 3
5 Lyoto Machida 85 UFC 5
6 Forrest Griffin 79 UFC 6
7 Dan Henderson 77 Strikeforce 7
8 Phil Davis 70 UFC 8
9 Gegard Mousasi 47 Strikeforce 11
10 Rafael Cavalcante 41 Strikeforce 9
11 Thiago Silva 40 UFC 9
12 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 37 UFC 12
13 Rich Franklin 37 UFC 13
14 Tito Ortiz 34 UFC 14
15 Alexander Gustafsson 33 UFC 18
16 Muhammed Lawal 33 Strikeforce 16
17 Ryan Bader 27 UFC 15
18 Renato Sobral 20 Strikeforce 19
19 Vladimir Matyushenko 19 UFC 20
20 Roger Gracie 16 Strikeforce 21
21 Cyrille Diabate 15 UFC 21
22 Luiz Cane 15 UFC 24
23 Randy Couture 14 UFC 23
24 Keith Jardine 13 Strikeforce 25
25 Brandon Vera 13 UFC 26

Starting with this Saturday at UFC 134, we have a busy month of top ranked light heavyweight fights. #3 Mauricio "Shogun" Rua will rematch #6 Forrest Griffin as both struggle to stay in the title picture. That same night #22 Luiz Cane will try to work his way back toward contention against Stanislav Nedkov.

Undisputed #1 Jon "Bones" Jones will make his first title defense against #4 Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 135.

#16 Muhammed Lawal will take on #20 Roger Gracie in a fascinating clash of styles at Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix. That event will also feature the grossly overrated #10 Rafael Cavalcante in a squash match against Yoel Romero Palacio.


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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