USA TODAY/MMA Nation December 2011 Consensus Rankings: Middleweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Anderson Silva 425 UFC 1
2 Chael Sonnen 408 UFC 2
3 Yushin Okami 381 UFC 3
4 Mark Munoz 357 UFC 4
5 Demian Maia 318 UFC 5
5 Vitor Belfort 318 UFC 5
7 Michael Bisping 309 UFC 7
8 Brian Stann 263 UFC 8
9 Luke Rockhold 239 Strikeforce 9
10 Nate Marquardt 215 BAMMA 9
11 Ronaldo Souza 201 Strikeforce 11
12 Hector Lombard 196 Bellator 12
13 Alan Belcher 167 UFC 13
14 Tim Kennedy 154 Strikeforce 14
15 Wanderlei Silva 131 UFC 16
16 Chris Leben 121 UFC 15
17 Mamed Khalidov 112 KSW 17
18 Rousimar Palhares 109 UFC 18
19 Jorge Santiago 92 UFC 19
19 Chris Weidman 92 UFC 20
21 Robbie Lawler 82 Strikeforce 21
22 Alexander Shlemenko 70 Bellator 22
23 Alessio Sakara 65 UFC 23
24 Thales Leites 63 Superior Challenge 28
25 Tim Boetsch 62 UFC 26

Upcoming Bouts:

#2 Chael Sonnen vs. #7 Michael Bisping at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis

#3 Yushin Okami vs. #25 Tim Boetsch at UFC 144

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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