USA TODAY/MMA Nation December 2011 Consensus Rankings: Lightweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Frankie Edgar 425 UFC 1
2 Gilbert Melendez 399 Strikeforce 2
3 Gray Maynard 391 UFC 3
4 Ben Henderson 378 UFC 4
5 Shinya Aoki 341 DREAM 5
6 Clay Guida 314 UFC 6
7 Jim Miller 301 UFC 7
8 Donald Cerrone 267 UFC 8
9 Michael Chandler 262 Bellator 10
10 Anthony Pettis 251 UFC 9
11 Eddie Alvarez 201 Bellator 11
12 Joe Lauzon 134 UFC 12
13 Nate Diaz 131 UFC 13
14 Gleison Tibau 126 UFC 14
15 Melvin Guillard 120 UFC 15
16 Dennis Siver 102 UFC 16
17 Sean Sherk 92 UFC 18
18 Evan Dunham 85 UFC 19
19 Rafael dos Anjos 84 UFC 20
20 Sam Stout 77 UFC 21
21 Matt Wiman 76 UFC 21
22 George Sotiropoulos 71 UFC 26
23 Josh Thomson 69 K-1 23
24 Jorge Masvidal 68 Strikeforce 24
25 Mizuto Hirota 58 DEEP 27

Upcoming Bouts:

#1 Frankie Edgar vs. #4 Ben Henderson at UFC 144

#5 Shinya Aoki vs. Satoru Kitaoka at DREAM NYE

#7 Jim Miller vs. #15 Melvin Guillard at UFC on FX: Miller vs. Guillard

#8 Donald Cerrone vs. #13 Nate Diaz at UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem

#12 Joe Lauzon vs. #10 Anthony Pettis at UFC 144

#18 Evan Dunham vs. Paul Sass at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis

#20 Sam Stout vs. Thiago Tavares at UFC 142

#22 George Sotiropoulos vs. Takanori Gomi 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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