USA TODAY/MMA Nation August 2011 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 80 Bellator 4
5 Eddie Alvarez 73 Bellator 5
6 Clay Guida 73 UFC 7
7 Ben Henderson 69 UFC 14
8 Jim Miller 67 UFC 6
9 Melvin Guillard 62 UFC 8
10 Anthony Pettis 46 UFC 10
11 B.J. Penn 40 UFC 13
12 Tatsuya Kawajiri 40 DREAM 9
13 Sean Sherk 38 UFC 11
14 Dennis Siver 36 UFC 12
15 Rafael dos Anjos 24 UFC 16
16 Evan Dunham 23 UFC 18
17 Gleison Tibau 23 UFC 17
18 Donald Cerrone 21 UFC 23
19 Takanori Gomi 21 UFC 15
20 Jorge Masvidal 19 Strikeforce 21
21 Kenny Florian 19 UFC 19
22 Josh Thomson 18 Strikeforce 20
23 Sam Stout 18 UFC 22
24 George Sotiropoulos 15 UFC 24
25 Matt Wiman 14 UFC 27


UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger will feature #16 Evan Dunham coming off two losses trying to get back in the Win column against Shamar Bailey.

#19 Takanori Gomi will look to bounce back from his submission loss to #6 Clay Guida at UFC 135 against Nate Diaz who is riding a two fight loss streak of his own.

Those two fights are currently the only scheduled bouts featuring top 25 lightweights in September.


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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