USAT/SBN June 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Middleweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Anderson Silva 300 UFC 1
2 Chael Sonnen 281 UFC 2
3 Jake Shields 276 Free Agent 3
4 Nate Marquardt 254 UFC 4
5 Vitor Belfort 242 UFC 5
6 Demian Maia 236 UFC 6
7 Dan Henderson 231 Strikeforce 7
8 Yushin Okami 191 UFC 8
9 Jorge Santiago 185 WVR 9
10 Robbie Lawler 156 Strikeforce 10
11 Yoshihiro Akiyama 145 UFC 12
12 Alan Belcher 125 UFC 14
13 Wanderlei Silva 122 UFC 11
14 Michael Bisping 114 UFC 15
15 Ronaldo Souza 113 Strikeforce/DREAM 13
16 Thales Leites 92 MFC 16
17 Mamed Khalidov 88 WVR 17
18 Alessio Sakara 71 UFC 18
19 Paulo Filho 68 Impact FC 19
20 Hector Lombard 62 Bellator 20
21 Melvin Manhoef 54 Strikeforce/DREAM 20
22 Kazuo Misaki 52 WVR 22
23 Rousimar Palhares 46 UFC 23
24 Patrick Cote 41 UFC 24
25 Tim Kennedy 37 Strikeforce 41

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

The biggest news in the middleweight division in June involved #2 Chael Sonnen's twitter account and whether or not he went too far in smack talking in advance of his UFC 117 bout with #1 Anderson Silva. That explains the conspicuous lack of movement in the rankings this month.

The only fighter rising fast is #25 Tim Kennedy, up from #41 last month on the heels of his big win at Strikeforce: Los Angeles over Trevor Prangley.

The next biggest news involves Strikeforce's rumored middleweight tournament to crown a replacement for (expected to be) departing champ #3 Jake Shields. Rumored participants include: #7 Dan Henderson, #10 Robbie Lawler, #15 Ronaldo Souza, #25 Tim Kennedy, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, Nick Diaz, the winner of Cung Le/Scott Smith and the winner of Sengoku/WVR's #9Jorge Santiago/#22Kazuo Misaki bout.

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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