USAT/SBN March 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Lightweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Frankie Edgar 100 UFC 1
2 Gray Maynard 95 UFC 2
3 Gilbert Melendez 91 Strikeforce 3
4 Shinya Aoki 82 Strikeforce 5
5 Jim Miller 77 UFC 7
6 Eddie Alvarez 77 Bellator 4
7 Kenny Florian 75 UFC 6
8 Tatsuya Kawajiri 62 K-1 9
9 Sean Sherk 57 UFC 10
10 Anthony Pettis 54 UFC 12
11 Melvin Guillard 42 UFC 13
12 Clay Guida 42 UFC 14
13 George Sotiropoulos 38 UFC 8
14 Dennis Siver 33 UFC NR
15 B.J. Penn 30 UFC 11
16 Takanori Gomi 27 UFC 15
17 Evan Dunham 27 UFC 16
18 Ben Henderson 24 UFC 17
19 Gleison Tibau 19 UFC 34
20 Josh Thomson 18 Strikeforce 18
21 Mac Danzig 16 UFC 21
22 Mizuto Hirota 14 K-1 20
23 Nik Lentz 13 UFC 26
24 Gesias Cavalcante 13 Strikeforce 22
25 Satoru Kitaoka 13 Pancrase 25
25 Jadamba Narantungalag 13 WVR 26


#14 Dennis Siver showed that a little takedown defense goes a long way against #13 George Sotiropoulos at UFC 127 where he took home a decision victory. Both will return to action at UFC 132, Sotiropoulos against #17 Evan Dunham and Siver against unranked Matt Wiman.

#5 Jim Miller demolished the overmatched Kamal Shalorus at UFC 128.

#3 Gilbert Melendez will rematch #8 Tatsuya Kawajiri at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley.

#1 Frankie Edgar and #2 Gray Maynard are still scheduled to fight a third time at UFC 130, this time hopefully with one of them emerging victorious.

#10 Anthony Pettis will take on #12 Clay Guida at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale in June.

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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