USAT/SBN June 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Middleweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Anderson Silva 100 UFC 1
2 Yushin Okami 92 UFC 2
3 Chael Sonnen 90 UFC 3
4 Ronaldo Souza 80 Strikeforce 5
5 Mark Munoz 75 UFC 24
6 Demian Maia 67 UFC 4
7 Vitor Belfort 63 UFC 7
8 Brian Stann 62 UFC 14
9 Nate Marquardt 60 UFC 6
9 Michael Bisping 60 UFC 9
11 Jorge Santiago 44 UFC 8
12 Hector Lombard 39 Bellator 11
13 Robbie Lawler 35 Strikeforce 12
14 Wanderlei Silva 34 UFC 10
15 Mamed Khalidov 27 KSW 15
16 Alan Belcher 25 UFC 17
17 Chris Leben 23 UFC 18
18 Tim Kennedy 21 Strikeforce 16
19 Jake Shields 21 UFC 13
20 Rousimar Palhares 20 UFC 21
21 Yoshihiro Akiyama 19 UFC 23
22 Chris Weidman 18 UFC 27
23 Dan Henderson 17 Strikeforce 19
24 Jason Miller 17 UFC 22
25 Thales Leites 16 Superior Challenge 20

#8 Brian Stann vaulted into the top 10 following what had to be one of the least surprising upsets ever when he defeated #11 Jorge Santiago.

UFC 131 saw a somewhat more shocking upset when #5 Mark Munoz claimed a decision victory of #6 Demian Maia. That night also featured Chris Weidman squashing the unranked Jesse Bongfeldt in a squash mash that actually went according to plan.

#17 Chris Leben will face off against #14 Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva this Saturday night at UFC 132 in what has to be one of the more exciting fights ever on paper.

 

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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