USA TODAY/MMA Nation November 2011 Consensus Rankings: Lightweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Frankie Edgar 400 UFC 1
2 Gilbert Melendez 377 Strikeforce 2
3 Gray Maynard 367 UFC 3
4 Ben Henderson 352 UFC 4
5 Shinya Aoki 321 DREAM 6
6 Clay Guida 289 UFC 7
7 Jim Miller 277 UFC 8
8 Donald Cerrone 241 UFC 13
9 Anthony Pettis 230 UFC 9
10 Michael Chandler 226 Bellator 42
11 Eddie Alvarez 185 Bellator 4
12 Joe Lauzon 113 UFC 15
13 Nate Diaz 112 UFC 12
14 Gleison Tibau 109 UFC 19
15 Melvin Guillard 105 UFC 11
16 Dennis Siver 95 UFC 10
17 B.J. Penn 93 UFC 14
18 Sean Sherk 87 UFC 16
19 Evan Dunham 80 UFC 17
20 Rafael dos Anjos 77 UFC 18
21 Matt Wiman 71 UFC 20
21 Sam Stout 71 UFC 22
23 Josh Thomson 69 Strikeforce 23
24 Jorge Masvidal 68 Strikeforce 21
25 Kenny Florian 67 UFC 25

By far December's biggest lightweight fight scheduled is #2 Gilbert Melendez vs. #24 Jorge Masvidal at Strikeforce's 12/17 event.

The next biggest event is debatable as #5 Shinya Aoki will face #37 Satoru Kitaoka at DREAM's New Year's Eve show while #8 Donald Cerrone is scheduled to to take on #13 Nate Diaz at UFC 141.

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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