USA TODAY/MMA Nation August 2011 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 4
5 Carlos Condit 79 UFC 7
6 B.J. Penn 77 UFC 6
7 Josh Koscheck 77 UFC 5
8 Rick Story 58 UFC 8
9 Thiago Alves 51 UFC 9
10 Charlie Brenneman 50 UFC 11
11 Diego Sanchez 50 UFC 10
12 Martin Kampmann 41 UFC 12
13 Matt Hughes 35 UFC 14
14 Rory MacDonald 35 UFC 23
15 Anthony Johnson 34 UFC 15
16 Jake Ellenberger 30 UFC 16
17 Ben Askren 26 Bellator 18
18 Paulo Thiago 26 UFC 20
19 Jay Hieron 25 Bellator 19
20 Johny Hendricks 24 UFC 32
21 Tyron Woodley 24 Strikeforce 36
22 Paul Daley 23 Strikeforce 12
23 John Hathaway 21 UFC 22
24 Brian Ebersole 21 UFC 25
25 Dong Hyun Kim 20 UFC 21


This weekend at UFC 134, #18 Paulo Thiago will take on David Mitchell in a fight that was clearly booked to get the Brazilian a win in Rio.

The biggest fight in the welterweight division next month is the headliner of UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger. #3 Jake Shields will try to rebuild his case as a title contender against #16 Jake Ellenberger who is climbing the rankings quickly.

The biggest names fighting in the welterweight division, though, are #11 Diego Sanchez and #13 Matt Hughes at UFC 135.


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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