USA TODAY/MMA Nation November 2011 Consensus Rankings: Welterweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Georges St. Pierre 400 UFC 1
2 Jon Fitch 376 UFC 2
3 Nick Diaz 343 UFC 5
4 Jake Ellenberger 335 UFC 6
5 Carlos Condit 333 UFC 3
6 Josh Koscheck 328 UFC 4
7 Jake Shields 304 UFC 7
8 B.J. Penn 238 UFC 8
9 Martin Kampmann 216 UFC 14
10 Anthony Johnson 199 UFC 10
11 Diego Sanchez 165 UFC 12
12 Thiago Alves 164 UFC 11
13 Rory MacDonald 152 UFC 13
14 Ben Askren 145 Bellator 18
15 Rick Story 139 UFC 9
16 Charlie Brenneman 129 UFC 14
17 Johny Hendricks 124 UFC 19
18 Tyron Woodley 108 Strikeforce 17
19 Paulo Thiago 106 UFC 16
20 Jay Hieron 103 Bellator 20
21 Brian Ebersole 78 UFC 21
22 Paul Daley 77 Ring Side 26
23 John Hathaway 72 UFC 22
24 Siyar Bahadurzada 71 Ultimate Glory 27
25 Douglas Lima 70 Bellator 32

The first "relevant" welterweight bout of December will be at UFC 140 where #21 Brian Ebersole will take on unranked Claude Patrick.

UFC 141 promises better 170 lb action though, with #2 Jon Fitch meeting #17 Johny Hendricks and #27 Dong Hyun Kim facing unranked Sean Pierson.

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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