USA TODAY/MMA Nation October 2011 Consensus Rankings: Lightweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Frankie Edgar 100 UFC 1
2 Gilbert Melendez 94 Strikeforce 3
3 Gray Maynard 92 UFC 2
4 Eddie Alvarez 80 Bellator 5
4 Ben Henderson 80 UFC 6
6 Shinya Aoki 78 4
7 Clay Guida 73 UFC 7
8 Jim Miller 69 UFC 8
9 Anthony Pettis 57 UFC 10
10 Dennis Siver 40 UFC 12
11 Melvin Guillard 37 UFC 9
12 Nate Diaz 32 UFC 14
13 Donald Cerrone 31 UFC 18
14 B.J. Penn 28 UFC 11
15 Joe Lauzon 27 UFC 32
16 Sean Sherk 25 UFC 13
17 Evan Dunham 24 UFC 17
18 Rafael dos Anjos 24 UFC 16
19 Gleison Tibau 22 UFC 19
20 Matt Wiman 19 UFC 24
21 Jorge Masvidal 18 Strikeforce 20
22 Sam Stout 17 UFC 21
23 Josh Thomson 16 22
24 Tatsuya Kawajiri 16 15
25 Kenny Florian 16 UFC 31

The SpikeTV portion of UFC 137 will feature a tremendous scrap between #10 Dennis Siver and #13 Donald Cerrone.

UFC 138 sports multiple welterweight bouts, but no ranked fighters.

UFC on Fox's undercard offers one of the better clashes of highly ranked lightweights available in #4 Ben Henderson vs. #7 Clay Guida.

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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