USA TODAY/MMA Nation January 2012 Consensus Rankings: Lightweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Frankie Edgar 400 UFC 1
2 Gilbert Melendez 376 Strikeforce 2
3 Gray Maynard 366 UFC 3
4 Ben Henderson 358 UFC 4
5 Shinya Aoki 315 DREAM 5
6 Jim Miller 311 UFC 7
7 Clay Guida 304 UFC 6
8 Nate Diaz 272 UFC 13
9 Michael Chandler 250 Bellator 9
10 Anthony Pettis 225 UFC 10
11 Eddie Alvarez 164 Bellator 11
12 Joe Lauzon 152 UFC 12
13 Donald Cerrone 149 UFC 8
14 Gleison Tibau 117 UFC 14
15 Melvin Guillard 115 UFC 15
16 Dennis Siver 91 UFC 16
17 Sean Sherk 85 UFC 17
18 Rafael dos Anjos 76 UFC 19
18 Matt Wiman 76 UFC 21
20 Evan Dunham 70 UFC 18
21 George Sotiropoulos 69 UFC 22
22 Josh Thomson 65 Strikeforce 23
22 Jorge Masvidal 65 Strikeforce 24
24 Mac Danzig 55 UFC 26
25 Brian Cobb 54 MaximumFC 26

#1 Frankie Edgar vs. #4 Ben Henderson at UFC 144

#12 Joe Lauzon vs. #10 Anthony Pettis at UFC 144

#20 Evan Dunham vs. Paul Sass at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis

#21 George Sotiropoulos vs. Takanori Gomi at UFC 144

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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