USAT/SBN May 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 82 Strikeforce 4
5 Eddie Alvarez 78 Bellator 5
6 Jim Miller 78 UFC 6
7 Kenny Florian 66 UFC 7
8 Anthony Pettis 55 UFC 9
8 Tatsuya Kawajiri 55 Strikeforce 8
10 Sean Sherk 51 UFC 10
11 Melvin Guillard 49 UFC 11
12 B.J. Penn 39 UFC 12
13 Clay Guida 37 UFC 13
14 George Sotiropoulos 34 UFC 14
15 Dennis Siver 34 UFC 15
16 Ben Henderson 27 UFC 18
17 Takanori Gomi 26 UFC 16
18 Evan Dunham 25 UFC 17
19 Mac Danzig 17 UFC 21
19 Gleison Tibau 17 UFC 25
21 Josh Thomson 15 K-1 19
22 Mizuto Hirota 14 K-1 29
23 Nik Lentz 14 UFC 20
24 Gesias Cavalcante 13 Strikeforce 27
25 Jadamba Narantungalag 13 WVR 21

The only top 5 lightweight with a fight scheduled in the near future is #4 Shinya Aoki who will be challenged by unranked Rich Clementi.

UFC on Versus 5 will feature the considerably more compelling matchup of #6 Jim Miller vs. #16 Ben Henderson.

#7 Kenny Florian is making his featherweight debut at UFC 131 against Diego Nunes.

#8 Anthony Pettis will be trying to maintain his claim on a title shot when he takes on #13 Clay Guida at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.


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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