Bloody Elbow October 2012 Meta-Rankings: Lightweight

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

#1 Ben Henderson has chased #2 Frankie Edgar from the division.

Our sources are cited in the chart at the bottom of this post.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Ben Henderson 150 UFC 1
2 Frankie Edgar 144 UFC 4
3 Gilbert Melendez 136 Strikeforce 2
4 Gray Maynard 131 UFC 3
5 Nate Diaz 127 UFC 5
6 Anthony Pettis 110 UFC 7
7 Donald Cerrone 109 UFC 9
8 Michael Chandler 106 Bellator 6
9 Clay Guida 105 UFC 7
10 Eddie Alvarez 82 Free Agent 11
11 Jim Miller 74 UFC 10
12 T.J. Grant 55 UFC 16
13 Pat Healy 49 Strikeforce 21
14 Rick Hawn 48 Bellator 18
15 Joe Lauzon 47 UFC 14
16 Matt Wiman 45 UFC 24
17 Josh Thomson 43 Strikeforce 13
18 Khabib Nurmagomedov 41 UFC 15
19 Mark Bocek 38 UFC 22
20 Shinya Aoki 36 One FC 12
21 Jadamba Narantungalag 30 Legend FC 27
21 Michael Johnson 30 UFC NR
23 Melvin Guillard 29 UFC 17
24 Evan Dunham 28 UFC 25
24 Antonio McKee 28 EFWC 29

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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