UFC rankings/MMA rankings featured in USA Today for March 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 March 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. Alistair Overeem
3. Cain Velasquez
4. Fabricio Werdum
5. Frank Mir
6. Josh Barnett
7. Shane Carwin
8. Daniel Cormier
9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
10. Antonio Silva

Light Heavyweight:

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


1. Anderson Silva
2. Chael Sonnen
3. Mark Munoz
4. Vitor Belfort
5. Michael Bisping
6. Tim Boetsch
7. Luke Rockhold
8. Yushin Okami
9. Chris Weidman
10. Brian Stann


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


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


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


1. Dominick Cruz
2. Urijah Faber
3. Renan Barao
4. Brian Bowles
5. Scott Jorgensen
6. Miguel Torres
7. Bibiano Fernandes
8. Michael McDonald
9. Brad Pickett
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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