USAT/SBN November 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Welterweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Georges St. Pierre 350 UFC 1
2 Jon Fitch 335 UFC 2
3 Jake Shields 309 UFC 5
4 Josh Koscheck 305 UFC 3
5 Thiago Alves 299 UFC 4
6 Carlos Condit 258 UFC 8
7 Martin Kampmann 251 UFC 6
8 Nick Diaz 242 Strikeforce 7
9 B.J. Penn 230 UFC NR
10 Paul Daley 175 Strikeforce 11
11 Dan Hardy 171 UFC 10
12 Matt Hughes 164 UFC 9
13 Diego Sanchez 123 UFC 13
14 Chris Lytle 114 UFC 14
15 Paulo Thiago 99 UFC 12
16 Mike Pyle 96 UFC 18
17 Jay Hieron 94 Bellator 15
18 Ben Askren 89 Bellator 17
19 Mike Swick 74 UFC 16
20 John Hathaway 69 UFC 20
21 Matt Serra 63 UFC 19
22 Jake Ellenberger 56 UFC 22
23 Anthony Johnson 49 UFC 21
24 Ricardo Almeida 47 UFC 25
25 Dong Hyun Kim 46 UFC 27

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

We're ten days away from the long awaited rematch between #1 Georges St. Pierre and #4 Josh Koscheck at UFC 124. That fight should determine the fate of the division for 2011 and beyond.

#2 Jon Fitch will face #9 B.J. Penn at UFC 127. Penn is hot off the heels of his demolition of #12 Matt Hughes at UFC 123.

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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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