USAT/SBN March 2009 MMA Consensus Rankings: Middleweight

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Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Anderson Silva 100 UFC 1
2 Yushin Okami 87 UFC 2
3 Nathan Marquardt 84 UFC 5
4 Dan Henderson 83 UFC 6
5 Gegard Mousasi 81 DREAM 4
6 Robbie Lawler 80 Strikeforce 3
7 Demian Maia 69 UFC 8
8 Jorge Santiago 67 WVR 7
9 Thales Leites 49 UFC 10
10 Rich Franklin 45 UFC 9
11 Vitor Belfort 44 Affliction 16
12 Yoshihiro Akiyama 32 UFC 13
13 Paulo Filho 31 Unsigned 11
14 Michael Bisping 30 UFC 14
15 Chael Sonnen 30 UFC 12
16 Kazuo Misaki 28 WVR 15
17 Frank Trigg 27 XCF 17
18 Ronaldo Souza 20 DREAM 18
19 Patrick Cote 17 UFC 19
20 Cung Le 17 Strikeforce 24
21 Dan Miller 16 UFC 21
22 Melvin Manhoef 14 DREAM 22
23 Matt Lindland 14 Affliction 20
24 Wilson Gouveia 13 UFC 23
25 Alan Belcher 12 UFC 25
25 Martin Kampmann 12 UFC 26

Rankings compiled by Richard.

Next month we'll get to see #1 Anderson Silva defend his UFC middleweight belt against #9 Thales Leites at UFC 97 on April 18th. If Leites upsets Silva, I'll expect a Serra-knocks-out-GSP level of shock to the rankings.

#2 Yushin Okami faces a stiffer challenge from #21 Dan Miller than their numerical rankings indicate when they meet at UFC 98. I'm sure the UFC brass will shed no tears if Miller upsets the hard-to-market Okami.

#3 Nate Marquardt is fresh off an impressive win over #24 Wilson Gouveia at UFC 95. Not sure what's next for Nate. #4 Dan Henderson and #14 Michael Bisping will be hosting the next season of TUF starting April 1st. They'll meet at UFC 100 with the winner presumably getting a title shot.

#5 Gegard Mousasi continues to rise in the rankings on the impact of his 2008 DREAM middleweight tournament win. Sadly for the division Mousasi is planning on moving up in weight class, although he has been talking about a possible match with #11 Vitor Belfort. That is if Vitor's dream match with #1 heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko doesn't happen at Affliction's third show.

#6 Robbie Lawler will face top 10 welterweight Jake Shields at Strike Force's May Showtime event. Hopefully Lawler will get to face relevant competition at middleweight at some point soon. I'd much prefer to see Lawler against Frank Shamrock.

No word on what's next for #7 Demian Maia after his impressive win over #15 Chael Sonnen at UFC 95. #8 Jorge Santiago is nursing an injured arm after his 2008 win at the Sengoku middleweight tournament. No word on when he'll return to the ring.

#12 Yoshihiro Akiyama has signed with the UFC and will face #25 Alan Belcher at UFC 100.

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Based on the premise that all MMA rankings are subjective but that it’s still useful and informative to know who the online MMA community as a whole ranks as the best fighters in MMA, we collect and average the rankings of the top MMA websites to produce our consensus rankings.

We compile the top MMA rankings from each of our sources and award 25 points for a first place ranking, 16 for a 10th place ranking, 1 for a 25th place ranking. A formula is used to “normalize” the data so all fighters are awarded points from those lists that do not include a full 25 fighters. This formula ensures that each ranking site awards the same number of total points regardless of how many fighters they choose to rank. Each fighter’s total is divided by the number of possible points to determine their standing in the Consensus Rankings.

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