USAT/SBN May 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 90 UFC 3
4 Thiago Alves 85 UFC 4
5 Josh Koscheck 82 UFC 5
6 Nick Diaz 79 Strikeforce 6
7 B.J. Penn 78 UFC 7
8 Carlos Condit 70 UFC 8
9 Diego Sanchez 61 UFC 9
10 Paul Daley 47 Strikeforce 10
11 Martin Kampmann 46 UFC 11
12 Matt Hughes 41 UFC 12
13 Anthony Johnson 35 UFC 13
14 Mike Pyle 32 UFC 14
15 Paulo Thiago 29 UFC 17
16 Ben Askren 29 Bellator 16
17 Jay Hieron 28 Bellator 14
18 Dong Hyun Kim 26 UFC 18
19 Jake Ellenberger 25 UFC 20
20 Dan Hardy 22 UFC 20
21 John Hathaway 22 UFC 19
22 Chris Lytle 21 UFC 22
23 Rick Story 18 UFC 23
24 Brian Ebersole 14 UFC 26
25 Siyar Bahadurzada 14 Ultimate Glory 24

#1 Georges St. Pierre reasserted his dominance over the welterweight division at UFC 129 when he took a clear decision victory over #3 Jake Shields despite only being able to see out of one eye for the majority of the bout.

#23 Rick Story will attempt to crack the top 10 when he takes on #4 Thiago Alves at UFC 130.

#8 Carlos Condit is scheduled to face the dangerous #18 Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 132.

#9 Diego Sanchez will finally get the fight he has been asking for at UFC 135 where he'll face #12 Matt Hughes.


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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