USAT/SBN June 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Lightweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Frankie Edgar 99 UFC 1
2 Gray Maynard 95 UFC 2
3 Gilbert Melendez 93 Strikeforce 3
4 Shinya Aoki 83 DREAM 4
5 Eddie Alvarez 77 Bellator 5
6 Jim Miller 76 UFC 6
7 Clay Guida 67 UFC 13
8 Tatsuya Kawajiri 57 Strikeforce 8
9 Sean Sherk 49 UFC 10
10 Melvin Guillard 48 UFC 11
11 Anthony Pettis 45 UFC 9
12 B.J. Penn 40 UFC 12
13 Dennis Siver 37 UFC 15
14 Ben Henderson 33 UFC 18
15 George Sotiropoulos 30 UFC 14
16 Takanori Gomi 25 UFC 16
17 Evan Dunham 24 UFC 17
18 Gleison Tibau 21 UFC 25
19 Josh Thomson 18 K-1 19
19 Mac Danzig 18 UFC 21
21 Jorge Masvidal 18 Strikeforce 24
22 Kenny Florian 17 UFC 7
23 Sam Stout 17 UFC 35
24 Jadamba Narantungalag 14 WVR 22
25 Kurt Pellegrino 14 UFC 30
25 Brian Cobb 14 MaximumFC 33

#10 Melvin Guillard, #13 Dennis Siver and #15 George Sotiropoulos will all compete against unranked opponents this Saturday at UFC 132.

At UFC 130, #18 Gleison Tibau submitted unranked Rafaello Oliveira in the night's lone lightweight tilt.

#7 Clay Guida decisioned #11 Anthony Pettis at The Ultimate Fighter 13 dropping Pettis out of the top 10 and out of the running for a title shot.

#23 Sam Stout flashed knockout power that would make his nickname appear slightly less ridiculous for at least one night when he KO'd Yves Edwards at UFC 131.


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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