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


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 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 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. Frank Mir
5. Fabricio Werdum
6. Daniel Cormier
7. Shane Carwin
8. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
9. Josh Barnett
10. Antonio Silva

Light Heavyweight:

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


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


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


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


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


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

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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