USAT/SBN July 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 91 UFC 3
4 Nick Diaz 83 UFC 5
5 Josh Koscheck 80 UFC 4
6 B.J. Penn 77 UFC 6
7 Carlos Condit 76 UFC 7
8 Rick Story 55 UFC 9
9 Thiago Alves 52 UFC 8
10 Diego Sanchez 47 UFC 10
11 Charlie Brenneman 46 UFC 15
12 Martin Kampmann 38 UFC 12
12 Paul Daley 38 Strikeforce 11
14 Matt Hughes 35 UFC 13
15 Anthony Johnson 33 UFC 14
16 Jake Ellenberger 28 UFC 21
17 Mike Pyle 27 UFC 16
18 Ben Askren 26 Bellator 19
19 Jay Hieron 24 Bellator 17
20 Paulo Thiago 23 UFC 18
21 Dong Hyun Kim 22 UFC 20
22 John Hathaway 20 UFC 22
23 Dan Hardy 16 UFC 23
23 Rory MacDonald 16 UFC 24
25 Brian Ebersole 14 UFC 27

UFC 137: St. Pierre vs. Diaz will be headlined by the highly anticipated clash of #1 Georges St. Pierre and #4 Nick Diaz for the UFC Welterweight Championship. The card will also feature #6 B.J. Penn vs. #7 Carlos Condit in one of the most exciting fights the UFC could possibly promote.

#3 Jake Shields will attempt to bounce back against #16 Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 25.

#10 Diego Sanchez finally gets his shot at #14 Matt Hughes at UFC 135 in a matchup that will likely have bigger title implications than it ought to.


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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