USA TODAY/MMA Nation September 2011 Consensus Rankings: Welterweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Georges St. Pierre 100 UFC 1
2 Jon Fitch 95 UFC 2
3 Carlos Condit 84 UFC 5
4 Nick Diaz 81 UFC 4
5 Josh Koscheck 80 UFC 7
6 Jake Shields 78 UFC 3
7 B.J. Penn 75 UFC 6
8 Jake Ellenberger 72 UFC 16
9 Charlie Brenneman 51 UFC 10
10 Rick Story 50 UFC 8
11 Thiago Alves 48 UFC 9
12 Diego Sanchez 44 UFC 11
13 Rory MacDonald 41 UFC 14
14 Martin Kampmann 41 UFC 12
15 Anthony Johnson 33 UFC 15
16 Paulo Thiago 29 UFC 18
17 Ben Askren 26 Bellator 17
18 Tyron Woodley 25 Strikeforce 21
19 Jay Hieron 25 Bellator 19
20 Johny Hendricks 24 UFC 20
21 Brian Ebersole 21 UFC 24
22 Matt Hughes 21 UFC 13
23 John Hathaway 20 UFC 23
24 Mike Pyle 20 UFC 26
25 Dong Hyun Kim 19 UFC 25

#9 Charlie Brenneman will try to prove his win over #10 Rick Story wasn't a fluke when he faces off against #15 Anthony Johnson at UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson this Saturday.

Even more importantly, unranked Ben Saunders will try to advance in the welterweight tournament when he takes on equally unranked Luis Santos at Bellator 53.

Unrelated to upcoming fights, does anyone know what drugs Bloody Elbow columnists Leland Roling and Matt Roth were on this month when they ranked Anthony Johnson and Diego Sanchez respectively as their #5 welterweights?


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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