USAT/SBN November 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Middleweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Anderson Silva 350 UFC 1
2 Chael Sonnen 310 UFC 2
3 Yushin Okami 308 UFC 8
4 Nate Marquardt 287 UFC 3
5 Demian Maia 268 UFC 5
6 Vitor Belfort 246 UFC 4
7 Dan Henderson 244 Strikeforce 7
8 Jorge Santiago 212 WVR 9
9 Jake Shields 203 UFC 6
10 Ronaldo Souza 200 Strikeforce 10
11 Michael Bisping 157 UFC 11
12 Wanderlei Silva 136 UFC 15
13 Chris Leben 129 UFC 14
14 Robbie Lawler 129 Strikeforce 12
15 Hector Lombard 126 Bellator 17
16 Alan Belcher 125 UFC 13
17 Yoshihiro Akiyama 80 UFC 18
18 Mamed Khalidov 77 KSW 16
19 Alessio Sakara 76 UFC 19
20 Thales Leites 56 Superior Challege 20
21 Rousimar Palhares 55 UFC 24
22 Tim Kennedy 46 Strikeforce 23
23 Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves 43 UFC NR
24 Jason Miller 40 DREAM 43
25 Jorge Rivera 39 UFC 28

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

While the world awaits #1 Anderson Silva vs #6 Vitor Belfort, #3 Yushin Okami rises five spots on the heels of his decision win over #4 Nate Marquardt at UFC 122.

#5 Demian Maia

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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.

We are now moving to what JCS of Fight Matrix has described as assumed rankings in an attempt to rank fighters who move between weight classes. This has been the biggest problem with the consensus rankings and we believe this new methodology will rectify that.

Let's take Anderson Silva for instance. 87% (13 of 15) of our panelists have him at Light Heavyweight and 100% (15 of 15) at Middleweight. On the 13 ballots that ranked Silva at 205, we took the average (21.2). We then reduced that number by half the percentage of Light Heavyweight ballots that he was not included on. Say he's not on 30% of them, then we do a 15% penalty on the average that we found in the previous step. That number is then used instead of the usual "normalization number" to provide points from those not ranking the fighter in the weight class in question. This avoids fighters being excessively penalized by confusion about which weight class they belong.
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