USAT/SBN June 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Welterweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Georges St. Pierre 300 UFC 1
2 Jon Fitch 285 UFC 2
3 Thiago Alves 272 UFC 3
4 Josh Koscheck 257 UFC 4
5 Nick Diaz 234 Strikeforce 7
6 Dan Hardy 226 UFC 6
7 Martin Kampmann 217 UFC 11
8 Matt Hughes 201 UFC 9
9 Paulo Thiago 192 UFC 5
10 Paul Daley 166 Impact FC 8
11 Jake Shields 139 Free Agent 10
12 Matt Serra 129 UFC 12
13 Jay Hieron 127 Free Agent 12
14 Mike Swick 125 UFC 14
15 Carlos Condit 110 UFC 14
16 John Hathaway 86 UFC 37
17 Ben Askren 74 Bellator NR
18 Anthony Johnson 63 UFC 19
19 Mike Pierce 58 UFC 18
19 Dan Hornbuckle 58 Bellator 16
21 Akihiro Gono 52 WVR 20
22 Ricardo Almeida 50 UFC 22
23 Jake Ellenberger 48 UFC 21
24 Marius Zaromskis 46 DREAM/Strikeforce 17
25 Evangelista Santos 40 Strikeforce NR

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

Get used to this division being somewhat on hold. #1 Georges St Pierre and #4 Josh Koscheck will be occupied with the reality show and not fighting for the UFC title until year end.

We'll have to make due with #3 Thiago Alves vs #2 Jon Fitch at UFC 117.

The big moves this month were #7 Martin Kampmann's four spot jump after his win over #9 Paulo Thiago at UFC 115.Thiago dropped an equal number.

#17 Ben Askren jumps into the rankings from no where after beating #22 Dan Hornbuckle at Bellator XXII.

#25 Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos also makes the rankings after smoking #24 Marius Zaromskis at Strikeforce:Los Angeles.

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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