USAT/SBN July 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 91 UFC 3
4 Ronaldo Souza 80 Strikeforce 4
5 Mark Munoz 72 UFC 5
6 Brian Stann 67 UFC 8
7 Michael Bisping 67 UFC 9
8 Nate Marquardt 66 BAMA 9
9 Demian Maia 64 UFC 6
10 Vitor Belfort 63 UFC 7
11 Chris Leben 43 UFC 17
12 Jorge Santiago 39 UFC 11
13 Hector Lombard 36 Bellator 12
14 Robbie Lawler 30 Strikeforce 13
15 Alan Belcher 28 UFC 16
16 Mamed Khalidov 25 KSW 15
17 Wanderlei Silva 24 UFC 14
18 Tim Kennedy 21 Strikeforce 18
18 Rousimar Palhares 21 UFC 20
20 Yoshihiro Akiyama 20 UFC 21
21 Jake Shields 16 UFC 19
22 Chris Weidman 16 UFC 22
23 Dan Miller 15 UFC 27
24 Jason Miller 14 UFC 24
25 Thales Leites 13 Superior Challenge 25

UFC 134 will be headlined by #1 Anderson Silva defending his middleweight title against the last man to defeat him #2 Yushin Okami.

#3 Chael Sonnen returns from suspension at UFC 136 to test rising star #6 Brian Stann.

#7 Michael Bisping and #24 Jason Miller will both be on the shelf until December thanks to their being coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 14.

UFC 138 will see #11 Chris Leben attempt yet another upset when he faces #5 Mark Munoz.

Fresh off yet another UFC loss, #12 Jorge Santiago will try to get back on track against #9 Demian Maia at UFC 136.

 

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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