USAT/SBN April 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Welterweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Georges St. Pierre 100 UFC 1
2 Jon Fitch 95 UFC 2
3 Jake Shields 89 UFC 3
4 Thiago Alves 85 UFC 4
5 Josh Koscheck 84 UFC 5
6 Nick Diaz 79 Strikeforce 6
7 B.J. Penn 77 UFC 7
8 Carlos Condit 69 UFC 8
9 Diego Sanchez 59 UFC 9
10 Paul Daley 50 Strikeforce 10
11 Martin Kampmann 47 UFC 12
12 Matt Hughes 40 UFC 11
13 Anthony Johnson 34 UFC 13
14 Mike Pyle 31 UFC 14
14 Jay Hieron 31 Bellator 15
16 Ben Askren 27 Bellator 16
17 Paulo Thiago 27 UFC 17
18 Dong Hyun Kim 25 UFC 18
19 John Hathaway 24 UFC 19
20 Dan Hardy 23 UFC 20
20 Jake Ellenberger 23 UFC 26
22 Chris Lytle 22 UFC 21
23 Rick Story 21 UFC 22
24 Siyar Bahadurzada 20 Ultimate Glory 23
25 Mike Pierce 19 UFC 25


#1 Georges St. Pierre will defend his title this Saturday at UFC 129 against #3 Jake Shields. Any hope of a super fight with Anderson Silva requires a GSP victory here.

The following numbered UFC, UFC 130, will feature a clash of styles when #4 Thiago Alves takes on the criminally underrated #23 Rick Story.

#8 Carlos Condit will take a step up in competition from Dan Hardy at UFC 132 where he's slated to do battle with #18 Dong Hyun Kim.

It was reported this morning that #9 Diego Sanchez will finally get to face #12 Matt Hughes in a fight he's wanted for years now.


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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