UFC rankings/MMA rankings featured in USA Today for March 2011


Why are MMA fans so cranky? Yep, it's that time of the month again.


Our partners in crime over at BloodyElbow.com have once again published their divisional rankings for mixed martial arts in the nation’s largest daily newspaper, USA Today, for the month of March 2010.

For those of you unfamiliar with the process, here’s how it works:

"The rankings, which will offer a definitive perspective of top MMA fighters across all weight-classes, will be released monthly and published in the Sports section of USA TODAY, online at USATODAY.com and on SB Nation’s MMA commentary and community blog, BloodyElbow.com … The USA TODAY/SB Nation Consensus MMA Rankings are compiled each month by Nate Wilcox and Richard Wade of BloodyElbow.com. The rankings utilize each of the top MMA rankings from multiple unique sources. A weighted-formula is applied to normalize and distill the various rankings into one consensus ranking per weight class."

To check out the latest USAT/SBN rankings click here. We’ve also listed their top 10 in each class after the jump for your convenience.



1. Cain Velasquez
2. Fabricio Werdum
3. Junior dos Santos
4. Brock Lesnar
5. Antonio Silva
6. Shane Carwin
7. Alistair Overeem (tie)
7. Frank Mir (tie)
9. Fedor Emelianenko
10. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Light Heavyweight:

1. Jon Jones
2. Mauricio Rua
3. Rashad Evans
4. Quinton Jackson
5. Lyoto Machida
6. Forrest Griffin
7. Ryan Bader
8. Dan Henderson
9. Thiago Silva
10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira


1. Anderson Silva
2. Yushin Okami
3. Chael Sonnen
4. Nate Marquardt
5. Demian Maia
6. Ronaldo Souza
7. Vitor Belfort
8. Michael Bisping
9. Jorge Santiago
10. Wanderlei Silva


1. Georges St. Pierre
2. Jon Fitch
3. Jake Shields
4. Thiago Alves
5. Josh Koscheck
6. B.J. Penn
7. Nick Diaz (tie)
7. Carlos Condit (tie)
9. Diego Sanchez
10. Paul Daley


1. Frankie Edgar
2. Gray Maynard
3. Gilbert Melendez
4. Shinya Aoki
5. Jim Miller
6. Eddie Alvarez
7. Kenny Florian
8. Tatsuya Kawajiri
9. Sean Sherk
10. Anthony Pettis


1. Jose Aldo
2. Hatsu Hioki
3. Chad Mendes
3. Manny Gamburyan
5. Marlon Sandro
6. Michihiro Omigawa
7. Diego Nunes
8. Mark Hominick
9. Hiroyuki Takaya
10. Joe Warren


1. Dominick Cruz
2. Joseph Benavidez
3. Brian Bowles
4. Urijah Faber
5. Miguel Torres
6. Scott Jorgensen
7. Takeya Mizugaki
8. Brad Pickett
9. Demetrious Johnson
10. Masakatsu Ueda

What do you think? How much will these rankings change after UFC 129 in April?

Share your ranking rants in the comments section below.

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