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UFC rankings/MMA rankings featured in USA Today for July 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 July 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/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. Alistair Overeem
4. Brock Lesnar
5. Fabricio Werdum
6. Antonio Silva
7. Frank Mir
8. Shane Carwin
9. Fedor Emelianenko
10. Josh Barnett

Light heavyweight:

1. Jon Jones
2. Mauricio Rua
3. Quinton Jackson
4. Rashad Evans
5. Lyoto Machida
6. Forrest Griffin
7. Dan Henderson
8. Phil Davis
9. Thiago Silva
9. Rafael Cavalcante


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


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


1. Frankie Edgar
2. Gray Maynard
3. Gilbert Melendez
4. Shinya Aoki
5. Eddie Alvarez
6. Jim Miller
7. Clay Guida
8. Melvin Guillard
9. Tatsuya Kawajiri
10. Anthony Pettis


1. Jose Aldo
2. Hatsu Hioki
3. Chad Mendes
4. Kenny Florian
5. Marlon Sandro
6. Mark Hominick
7. Manny Gamburyan
8. Diego Nunes
9. Tyson Griffin
10. Dustin Poirier


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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