USA TODAY/MMA Nation August 2011 Consensus Rankings: Middleweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Anderson Silva 100 UFC 1
2 Yushin Okami 92 UFC 2
3 Chael Sonnen 87 UFC 3
4 Ronaldo Souza 80 Strikeforce 4
5 Mark Munoz 76 UFC 5
6 Vitor Belfort 73 UFC 10
7 Brian Stann 71 UFC 6
8 Michael Bisping 66 UFC 7
9 Demian Maia 64 UFC 9
10 Nate Marquardt 61 BAMA 8
11 Chris Leben 43 UFC 11
12 Hector Lombard 35 Bellator 13
13 Jorge Santiago 33 UFC 12
14 Tim Kennedy 31 Strikeforce 18
15 Mamed Khalidov 25 KSW 16
16 Alan Belcher 23 UFC 15
17 Wanderlei Silva 23 UFC 17
18 Robbie Lawler 20 Strikeforce 14
19 Rousimar Palhares 20 UFC 18
20 Yoshihiro Akiyama 19 UFC 20
21 Jason Miller 18 UFC 24
22 Jake Shields 17 UFC 21
23 Dan Miller 17 UFC 23
24 Chris Weidman 15 UFC 22
25 Alessio Sakara 14 UFC 26


UFC 134 is being headlined by undisputed #1 Anderson Silva and the last man to defeat him #2 Yushin Okami, but it also features #19 Rousimar Palhares vs. #23 Dan Miller.

UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger will mark the return of #16 Alan Belcher against unranked Jason MacDonald.

UFC 135 doesn't have any ranked middleweights, but the winner of Nick Ring vs. Tim Boetsch will almost certainly make this list next month.

Finally, #4 Ronaldo Souza will defend his title against Luke Rockhold at Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals.


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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