USA TODAY/MMA Nation November 2011 Consensus Rankings: Middleweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Anderson Silva 400 UFC 1
2 Chael Sonnen 384 UFC 2
3 Yushin Okami 359 UFC 3
4 Mark Munoz 333 UFC 4
5 Demian Maia 298 UFC 6
5 Vitor Belfort 298 UFC 5
7 Michael Bisping 259 UFC 7
8 Brian Stann 244 UFC 8
9 Luke Rockhold 233 Strikeforce 10
9 Nate Marquardt 233 BAMMA 9
11 Ronaldo Souza 194 Strikeforce 11
12 Hector Lombard 182 Bellator 12
13 Alan Belcher 141 UFC 14
14 Tim Kennedy 138 Strikeforce 15
15 Chris Leben 128 UFC 13
16 Wanderlei Silva 116 UFC 18
17 Mamed Khalidov 104 KSW 19
18 Rousimar Palhares 102 UFC 16
19 Jorge Santiago 98 UFC 17
20 Chris Weidman 90 UFC 21
21 Robbie Lawler 79 Strikeforce 20
22 Alexander Shlemenko 65 Bellator 31
23 Alessio Sakara 62 UFC 28
24 Jake Shields 61 UFC 27
25 Dan Henderson 60 UFC 23

Quite possibly the only truly relevant middleweight contest scheduled for December is this Saturday's clash of #7 Michael Bisping and fellow TUF coach #30 Jason Miller.

Fortunately, the new year promises a return to action from #3 Yushin Okami, #5 Vitor Belfort and #18 Rousimar Palhares among others.

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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