USA TODAY/MMA Nation September 2011 Consensus Rankings: Middleweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Anderson Silva 100 UFC 1
2 Yushin Okami 90 UFC 2
3 Chael Sonnen 88 UFC 3
4 Mark Munoz 79 UFC 5
5 Vitor Belfort 77 UFC 6
6 Brian Stann 71 UFC 7
7 Demian Maia 67 UFC 9
8 Michael Bisping 66 UFC 8
9 Nate Marquardt 59 BAMMA 10
10 Luke Rockhold 53 Strikeforce 28
11 Ronaldo Souza 53 Strikeforce 4
12 Chris Leben 44 UFC 11
13 Hector Lombard 40 Bellator 12
14 Alan Belcher 36 UFC 16
15 Tim Kennedy 34 Strikeforce 14
16 Rousimar Palhares 27 UFC 19
17 Jorge Santiago 27 UFC 13
18 Wanderlei Silva 24 UFC 17
19 Mamed Khalidov 23 KSW 15
20 Robbie Lawler 19 Strikeforce 18
21 Chris Weidman 17 UFC 24
22 Yoshihiro Akiyama 16 UFC 20
23 Dan Miller 16 UFC 23
24 Tim Boetsch 15 UFC 36
25 Jason Miller 15 UFC 21

UFC 136 on October 8 will give us the return of #3 Chael Sonnen to the Octagon as he takes on #6 Brian Stann in what ought to be the toughest test of Stann's career. That same night will also feature #7 Demian Maia and #17 Jorge Santiago as they attempt to get back to contender status.

That's all for the middleweight division in the UFC this month and Strikeforce has no event at all. Bellator 54 will feature once-ranked Alexander Shlemenko and Bryan Baker as they face no doubt credible opposition whose names ring no bells for me.


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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