USAT/SBN March 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Welterweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Georges St. Pierre 100 UFC 1
2 Jon Fitch 96 UFC 2
3 Jake Shields 90 UFC 3
4 Thiago Alves 85 UFC 4
5 Josh Koscheck 85 UFC 5
6 B.J. Penn 72 UFC 9
7 Carlos Condit 70 UFC 6
7 Nick Diaz 70 Strikeforce 8
9 Diego Sanchez 63 UFC 13
10 Paul Daley 55 Strikeforce 10
11 Martin Kampmann 53 UFC 7
12 Matt Hughes 39 UFC 11
13 Mike Pyle 35 UFC 16
14 Jay Hieron 33 Bellator 17
15 Paulo Thiago 31 UFC 15
16 Dan Hardy 30 UFC 12
17 Ben Askren 30 Bellator 18
18 Dong Hyun Kim 29 UFC 19
19 John Hathaway 25 UFC 21
20 Jake Ellenberger 24 UFC 22
21 Rick Story 21 UFC 23
22 Chris Lytle 20 UFC 14
23 Anthony Johnson 18 UFC 25
24 Matt Serra 15 UFC 24
25 Mike Pierce 15 UFC 27


UFC 127 saw a rare draw between #2 Jon Fitch and #6 B.J. Penn and the two will likely face each other again at UFC 132 in July.

#11 Martin Kampmann let himself get drawn into a slugfest with the technically inferior #9 Diego Sanchez and paid for it with another decision loss.

The two highest ranked welterweights outside the UFC will meet in San Diego on April 9 as #7 Nick Diaz and #10 Paul Daley headline Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley.

#1 Georges St. Pierre is set to defend his title against #3 Jake Shields at UFC 129. If he retains the belt, he'll likely face UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva in a super fight.

#4 Thiago Alves will face the criminally underrated #23 Rick Story at UFC 130


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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