|21||Thales Leites||18||Superior Challenge||20|
|24||Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves||13||UFC||23|
|25||Matt Horwich||10||Xtreme Fight Night||26|
Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.
#1 Anderson Silva is set to face #6 Vitor Belfort at UFC 126. If Silva wins he may very well be rewarded with a mega-fight against welterweight champ Georges St Pierre.
That will leave #2 Yushin Okami on the shelf, but Okami has come to expect this sort of thing.
#3 Chael Sonnen is on the shelf too, but for different reasons. His felony money laundering conviction has prompted the UFC to freeze Sonnen's contract for the time being.
#8 Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza will defend his Strikeforce middleweight title against #11 Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce: Diaz vs Cyborg this weekend.
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.