USA TODAY/MMA Nation January 2012 Consensus Rankings: Welterweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Georges St. Pierre 400 UFC 1
2 Nick Diaz 368 UFC 3
3 Jake Ellenberger 344 UFC 5
4 Carlos Condit 342 UFC 4
5 Johny Hendricks 325 UFC 18
6 Josh Koscheck 324 UFC 6
7 Jon Fitch 301 UFC 2
7 Jake Shields 301 UFC 7
9 B.J. Penn 238 UFC 9
10 Martin Kampmann 202 UFC 8
11 Thiago Alves 171 UFC 12
12 Diego Sanchez 171 UFC 11
13 Rory MacDonald 154 UFC 14
14 Rick Story 131 UFC 15
15 Ben Askren 129 Bellator 13
16 Tyron Woodley 124 Strikeforce 17
17 Charlie Brenneman 121 UFC 16
18 Jay Hieron 93 Bellator 20
19 Paulo Thiago 92 UFC 19
20 Brian Ebersole 84 UFC 21
21 Anthony Johnson 80 UFC 10
22 Paul Daley 77 Strikeforce 22
23 Mike Pyle 71 UFC 27
24 John Hathaway 68 UFC 23
24 Douglas Lima 68 Bellator 25

#2 Nick Diaz vs. #4 Carlos Condit at UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit

#3 Jake Ellenberger vs. #12 Diego Sanchez at UFC on Fuel TV 1

#7 Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 144

#6 Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce at UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit

#10 Martin Kampmann vs. #11 Thiago Alves at UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann

#13 Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills at UFC 145

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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