USAT/SBN April 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Lightweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Frankie Edgar 99 UFC 1
2 Gray Maynard 94 UFC 2
3 Gilbert Melendez 93 Strikeforce 3
4 Shinya Aoki 83 Strikeforce 4
5 Eddie Alvarez 80 Bellator 6
6 Jim Miller 76 UFC 5
7 Kenny Florian 71 UFC 7
8 Tatsuya Kawajiri 56 Strikeforce 8
9 Anthony Pettis 51 UFC 10
10 Sean Sherk 50 UFC 9
11 Melvin Guillard 47 UFC 11
12 B.J. Penn 39 UFC 15
13 Clay Guida 34 UFC 12
14 George Sotiropoulos 29 UFC 13
15 Dennis Siver 27 UFC 14
16 Takanori Gomi 24 UFC 16
17 Evan Dunham 21 UFC 17
18 Ben Henderson 19 UFC 18
19 Josh Thomson 18 K-1 20
20 Nik Lentz 17 UFC 23
21 Mac Danzig 16 UFC 21
21 Jadamba Narantungalag 16 WVR 25
23 Satoru Kitaoka 15 DEEP 25
23 Jorge Masvidal 15 Strikeforce 29
25 Gleison Tibau 15 UFC 19


The highly anticipated third meeting between #1 Frankie Edgar and #2 Gray Maynard is almost upon us with UFC 130 less than a month away.

#3 Gilbert Melendez may have climbed as high in the rankings as he can on his own after his demolition of #8 Tatsuya Kawajiri failed to nudge him ahead of Maynard.

We're still waiting for #9 Anthony Pettis to make his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale against #13 Clay Guida.

#15 Dennis Siver's thrashing of #14 George Sotiropoulos apparently still isn't enough to move ahead of G-Sot even with another month of reflection.


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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