USAT/SBN July 2011 MMA Consensus Rankings: Lightweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Frankie Edgar 100 UFC 1
2 Gray Maynard 95 UFC 2
3 Gilbert Melendez 92 Strikeforce 3
4 Shinya Aoki 81 Strikeforce 4
5 Eddie Alvarez 79 Bellator 5
6 Jim Miller 77 UFC 6
7 Clay Guida 65 UFC 7
8 Melvin Guillard 64 UFC 10
9 Tatsuya Kawajiri 53 Strikeforce 8
10 Anthony Pettis 45 UFC 11
11 Sean Sherk 44 UFC 9
12 Dennis Siver 41 UFC 13
13 B.J. Penn 40 UFC 12
14 Ben Henderson 29 UFC 14
15 Takanori Gomi 24 UFC 16
16 Rafael dos Anjos 23 UFC NR
17 Gleison Tibau 23 UFC 18
18 Evan Dunham 23 UFC 17
19 Kenny Florian 22 UFC 22
20 Josh Thomson 19 K-1 19
21 Jorge Masvidal 18 Strikeforce 21
22 Sam Stout 18 UFC 23
23 Donald Cerrone 18 UFC 29
24 George Sotiropoulos 16 UFC 15
25 Mac Danzig 15 UFC 19

The fans finally get the fight they've been waiting for since January when #1 Frankie Edgar defends his belt a second time against #2 Gray Maynard at UFC 136.

That event will also feature a bit of a squash match between #8 Melvin Guillard and unranked Joe Lauzon as well as an interesting contest between #10 Anthony Pettis and Jeremy Stephens.

UFC on Versus 5 has a couple noteworthy lightweight fights with #23 Donald Cerrone taking on Charles Oliveira and #6 Jim Miller facing #14 Ben Henderson.


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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