USAT/SBN March 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Middleweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Anderson Silva 100 UFC 1
2 Yushin Okami 92 UFC 3
3 Chael Sonnen 89 UFC 2
4 Nate Marquardt 84 UFC 4
5 Demian Maia 80 UFC 5
6 Ronaldo Souza 77 Strikeforce 7
7 Vitor Belfort 70 UFC 6
8 Michael Bisping 63 UFC 9
9 Jorge Santiago 62 UFC 8
10 Wanderlei Silva 51 UFC 11
11 Hector Lombard 44 Bellator 14
12 Robbie Lawler 38 Strikeforce 13
13 Alan Belcher 32 UFC 15
14 Jake Shields 32 UFC 12
15 Brian Stann 32 UFC 16
16 Mamed Khalidov 28 KSW 18
17 Chris Leben 27 UFC 17
18 Yoshihiro Akiyama 21 UFC 19
18 Rousimar Palhares 21 UFC 22
20 Chris Weidman 18 UFC NR
21 Tim Kennedy 17 Strikeforce 23
22 Dan Henderson 16 Strikeforce 10
23 Mark Munoz 16 UFC 29
24 Alessio Sakara 16 UFC 20
25 Thales Leites 16 Superior Challenge 21


#8 Michael Bisping defeated Jorge Rivera by TKO at UFC 127, but will be remembered more for what appeared to be an intentional illegal knee to the head in the first round and spitting at Rivera's corner after the fight. Already Bisping has been called out by #3 Chael Sonnen and #4 Nate Marquardt.

#20 Chris Weidman made his UFC debut by winning a decision over #24 Alessio Sakara.

#1 Anderson Silva is awaiting the result UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre's UFC 129 clash with #14 Jake Shields to see if he'll get the super fight fans have been clamoring for or if he'll finally have to defend his title against #2 Yushin Okami.

UFC 132 will hopefully feature a bout between #7 Vitor Belfort and #10 Wanderlei Silva.


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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