USA TODAY/MMA Nation October 2011 Consensus Rankings: Welterweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Georges St. Pierre 100 UFC 1
2 Jon Fitch 95 UFC 2
3 Carlos Condit 84 UFC 3
4 Josh Koscheck 81 UFC 5
5 Nick Diaz 81 UFC 4
6 Jake Ellenberger 80 UFC 8
7 Jake Shields 77 UFC 6
8 B.J. Penn 73 UFC 7
9 Rick Story 48 UFC 10
10 Anthony Johnson 47 UFC 15
11 Thiago Alves 44 UFC 11
12 Diego Sanchez 44 UFC 12
13 Rory MacDonald 40 UFC 13
14 Charlie Brenneman 39 UFC 9
14 Martin Kampmann 39 UFC 14
16 Paulo Thiago 28 UFC 16
17 Tyron Woodley 26 Strikeforce 18
18 Ben Askren 25 Bellator 17
19 Johny Hendricks 25 UFC 20
20 Jay Hieron 24 Bellator 19
21 Brian Ebersole 20 UFC 21
22 John Hathaway 19 UFC 23
23 Mike Pyle 19 UFC 24
24 Dong Hyun Kim 18 UFC 25
25 Matt Hughes 18 UFC 22

UFC 137 despite losing out on two of the best possible welterweight match ups available still features one of the best and most interesting fights possible as #5 Nick Diaz and #8 B.J. Penn headline the pay per view.

UFC 138's most relevant welterweight is #11 Thiago Alves welcoming undefeated Papy Abedi to the UFC.

UFC 139 will feature the very underrated fight of #9 Rick Story vs. #14 Martin Kampmann in a fight that on paper at least looks to be excellent.

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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