USA TODAY/MMA Nation December 2011 Consensus Rankings: Welterweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Georges St. Pierre 425 UFC 1
2 Jon Fitch 400 UFC 2
3 Nick Diaz 369 UFC 3
4 Carlos Condit 356 UFC 5
5 Jake Ellenberger 354 UFC 4
6 Josh Koscheck 350 UFC 6
7 Jake Shields 321 UFC 7
8 Martin Kampmann 244 UFC 9
9 B.J. Penn 236 UFC 8
10 Anthony Johnson 202 UFC 10
11 Diego Sanchez 188 UFC 11
12 Thiago Alves 175 UFC 12
13 Ben Askren 157 Bellator 14
14 Rory MacDonald 154 UFC 13
15 Rick Story 147 UFC 15
16 Charlie Brenneman 130 UFC 16
17 Tyron Woodley 118 Strikeforce 18
18 Johny Hendricks 115 UFC 17
19 Paulo Thiago 107 UFC 19
20 Jay Hieron 103 Bellator 20
21 Brian Ebersole 81 UFC 21
22 Paul Daley 78 Ring Side 22
23 John Hathaway 73 UFC 23
24 Siyar Bahadurzada 72 Ultimate Glory 24
25 Douglas Lima 71 Bellator 25

Upcoming Bouts:

#3 Nick Diaz vs. #4 Carlos Condit at UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit

#5 Jake Ellenberger vs. #11 Diego Sanchez at UFC on Fuel TV 1

#2 Jon Fitch vs. #18 Johny Hendricks at UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem

#7 Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 144

#6 Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce at UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit

#10 Anthony Johnson vs. Vitor Belfort at UFC 142

#8 Martin Kampmann vs. #12 Thiago Alves at UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann

#14 Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills at UFC 145

Jordan Mein vs. #17 Tyron Woodley at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine

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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