USA TODAY/MMA Nation September 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 81 DREAM 4
5 Eddie Alvarez 79 Bellator 5
6 Ben Henderson 75 UFC 7
7 Clay Guida 72 UFC 6
8 Jim Miller 66 UFC 8
9 Melvin Guillard 64 UFC 9
10 Anthony Pettis 48 UFC 10
11 B.J. Penn 37 UFC 11
12 Dennis Siver 36 UFC 14
13 Sean Sherk 30 UFC 13
14 Nate Diaz 29 UFC NR
15 Tatsuya Kawajiri 28 DREAM 12
16 Rafael dos Anjos 25 UFC 15
17 Evan Dunham 24 UFC 16
18 Donald Cerrone 22 UFC 18
19 Gleison Tibau 21 UFC 17
20 Jorge Masvidal 19 Strikeforce 20
21 Sam Stout 17 UFC 23
22 Josh Thomson 16 K-1 22
23 George Sotiropoulos 15 UFC 24
24 Matt Wiman 14 UFC 25
25 Mizuto Hirota 14 DEEP 32


We finally get the third installment of #1 Frankie Edgar vs. #2 Gray Maynard this month as the two headline UFC 136. Also on that card is #9 Melvin Guillard seeking to hold onto his contender status as he takes on deservedly unranked Joe Lauzon and #10 Anthony Pettis looking to do the same against the unranked Jeremy Stephens.

UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson will host the rematch of #24 Matt Wiman and unranked Mac Danzig. It's possible this fight interests someone.

And why are people still ranking B.J. Penn and Tatsuya Kawajiri at this weight class? I don't know either. 


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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