UFC rankings/MMA rankings featured in USA Today for January 2012


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 January 2012.

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/MMA 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/MMA Nation rankings click here. We’ve also listed their top 10 in each class after the jump for your convenience.


1. Junior dos Santos
2. Cain Velasquez
3. Alistair Overeem
4. Frank Mir
5. Fabricio Werdum
6. Shane Carwin
7. Daniel Cormier
8. Josh Barnett
9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
10. Antonio Silva

Light heavyweight:

1. Jon Jones
2. Dan Henderson
3. Rashad Evans
4. Mauricio Rua
5. Quinton Jackson
6. Lyoto Machida
7. Phil Davis
8. Forrest Griffin
9. Alexander Gustafsson
10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira


1. Anderson Silva
2. Chael Sonnen
3. Yushin Okami
4. Mark Munoz
5. Vitor Belfort
6. Demian Maia
7. Michael Bisping
8. Luke Rockhold
9. Brian Stann
10. Nate Marquardt


1. Georges St. Pierre
2. Nick Diaz
3. Jake Ellenberger
4. Carlos Condit
5. Johny Hendricks
6. Josh Koscheck
7. Jon Fitch
8. Jake Shields
9. B.J. Penn
10. Martin Kampmann


1. Frankie Edgar
2. Gilbert Melendez
3. Gray Maynard
4. Ben Henderson
5. Shinya Aoki
6. Jim Miller
7. Clay Guida
8. Nate Diaz
9. Michael Chandler
10. Anthony Pettis


1. Jose Aldo
2. Hatsu Hioki
3. Chad Mendes
4. Pat Curran
5. Marlon Sandro
6. Diego Nunes
7. Dustin Poirier
8. Erik Koch
9. Chan Sung Jung
10. Kenny Florian


1. Dominick Cruz
2. Urijah Faber
3. Joseph Benavidez
4. Brian Bowles
5. Scott Jorgensen
6. Demetrious Johnson
7. Renan Barao
8. Miguel Torres
9. Bibiano Fernandes
10. Masakatsu Ueda

What do you think? Looking good on all fronts or are there a few issues with the consensus opinions here?

Share your ranking rants in the comments section below.

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