USAT/SBN April 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Middleweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Anderson Silva 100 UFC 1
2 Yushin Okami 91 UFC 2
3 Chael Sonnen 89 UFC 3
4 Demian Maia 80 UFC 5
5 Ronaldo Souza 78 Strikeforce 6
6 Nate Marquardt 78 UFC 4
7 Vitor Belfort 68 UFC 7
8 Jorge Santiago 59 UFC 9
9 Michael Bisping 57 UFC 8
10 Wanderlei Silva 52 UFC 10
11 Hector Lombard 43 Bellator 11
12 Robbie Lawler 38 Strikeforce 12
13 Jake Shields 33 UFC 14
14 Brian Stann 26 UFC 15
15 Mamed Khalidov 25 KSW 16
16 Tim Kennedy 25 Strikeforce 21
17 Alan Belcher 24 UFC 13
18 Chris Leben 23 UFC 17
19 Dan Henderson 22 Strikeforce 22
20 Thales Leites 21 Superior Challenge 25
21 Rousimar Palhares 20 UFC 18
22 Jason Miller 20 UFC 27
23 Yoshihiro Akiyama 19 UFC 18
24 Mark Munoz 17 UFC 23
25 Alessio Sakara 16 UFC 24


#1 Anderson Silva vs. #2 Yushin Okami will headline UFC 134 at the end of August.

UFC 131 will feature a bout between #4 Demian Maia and #24 Mark Munoz.

#6 Nate Marquardt is dropping to welterweight where he'll face Anthony Johnson at UFC on Versus 4.

#7 Vitor Belfort is expected to clash with #23 Yoshihiro Akiyama  at UFC 133.

#8 Jorge Santiago is returning to the UFC at UFC 130 to take on #14 Brian Stann.


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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