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


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


Our partners in crime over at have once again published their divisional rankings for mixed martial arts in the nation’s largest daily newspaper, USA Today, for the month of November 2011.

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 and on SB Nation’s MMA commentary and community blog, … The USA TODAY/MMA Nation Consensus MMA Rankings are compiled each month by Nate Wilcox and Richard Wade of 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. Brock Lesnar
5. Fabricio Werdum
6. Frank Mir
7. Shane Carwin
8. Daniel Cormier
9. Josh Barnett
10. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

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. Gegard Mousasi
10. Rafael Cavalcante


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


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


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


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


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