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UFC rankings/MMA rankings featured in USA Today for May 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 May 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 and on SB Nation’s MMA commentary and community blog, … The USA TODAY/SB 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/SBN rankings click here. We’ve also listed their top 10 in each class after the jump for your convenience.


1. Cain Velasquez
2. Junior dos Santos
3. Fabricio Werdum (tie)
3. Brock Lesnar (tie)
5. Shane Carwin
6. Antonio Silva
7, Alistair Overeem
8. Frank Mir
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. Phil Davis
10. Thiago Silva


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


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


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


1. Jose Aldo
2. Hatsu Hioki
3. Chad Mendes
4. Manny Gamburyan
5. Marlon Sandro
6. Diego Nunes
7. Mark Hominick
8. Michihiro Omigawa
9. Dustin Poirier
10. Bibiano Fernandes


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 the busy slate of events headed our way over the next month?

Share your ranking rants in the comments section below.

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