USA TODAY/MMA Nation October 2011 Consensus Rankings: Middleweight


Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Anderson Silva 100 UFC 1
2 Chael Sonnen 96 UFC 3
3 Yushin Okami 90 UFC 2
4 Mark Munoz 79 UFC 4
5 Vitor Belfort 77 UFC 5
6 Demian Maia 73 UFC 7
7 Michael Bisping 66 UFC 8
8 Brian Stann 63 UFC 6
9 Nate Marquardt 59 9
10 Luke Rockhold 56 Strikeforce 10
11 Ronaldo Souza 49 Strikeforce 11
12 Hector Lombard 41 Bellator 13
13 Chris Leben 40 UFC 12
14 Alan Belcher 35 UFC 14
15 Tim Kennedy 34 Strikeforce 15
16 Rousimar Palhares 27 UFC 16
17 Jorge Santiago 24 UFC 17
18 Wanderlei Silva 23 UFC 18
19 Mamed Khalidov 23 KSW 19
20 Robbie Lawler 19 Strikeforce 20
21 Chris Weidman 16 UFC 21
22 Yoshihiro Akiyama 16 UFC 22
23 Dan Henderson 16 UFC 28
24 Dan Miller 15 UFC 23
25 Tim Boetsch 14 UFC 24

UFC 137's Facebook prelims sport a pair of middleweight contests but not one ranked fighter between them.

UFC 138 is being headlined by #4 Mark Munoz and #13 Chris Leben, but is otherwise devoid of middleweight action.

UFC 139 gives us one of the more interesting middleweight match ups in #18 Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le as well as #21 Chris Weidman vs. Tom Lawlor.

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.

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