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USA TODAY/MMA NATION April 2012 Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight

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Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 350 UFC 1
2 Urijah Faber 335 UFC 2
3 Renan Barao 315 UFC 3
4 Brian Bowles 302 UFC 4
5 Michael McDonald 279 UFC 8
6 Scott Jorgensen 271 UFC 5
7 Brad Pickett 233 UFC 9
8 Miguel Torres 227 UFC 6
9 Bibiano Fernandes 215 DREAM 7
10 Eduardo Dantas 200 Bellator 11
11 Antonio Banuelos 114 DREAM 14
12 Zach Makovsky 111 Bellator 12
13 Chris Cariaso 109 UFC 17
14 Joseph Benavidez 91 UFC 15
15 Takeya Mizugaki 90 UFC 16
16 Luis Alberto Nogueira 86 Bellator NR
17 Eddie Wineland 85 UFC 19
18 Travis Marx 82 Bellator NR
19 Demetrious Johnson 81 UFC 18
20 Ivan Menjivar 77 UFC 24
21 Masakatsu Ueda 76 Bellator 10
22 Alexis Vila 75 Bellator 13
23 Yves Jabouin 69 UFC 21
24 Marcos Galvao 66 Bellator 22
25 Mike Easton 63 UFC 27

Upcoming Fights:

Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber on July 7, 2012
Renan Barao vs. Ivan Menjivar on July 7, 2012
Scott Jorgensen vs. Eddie Wineland on June 8, 2012
Yves Jabouin vs. Jeff Hougland on May 15, 2012

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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