Bloody Elbow November 2012 Meta-Rankings: Lightweight

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The only thing surprising about this month's lightweight rankings is how little is being shown to Rafael dos Anjos.

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

Upcoming Bouts:

#1 Ben Henderson vs. #4 Nate Diaz on December 8, 2012

#5 Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo on February 2, 2013

#7 Donald Cerrone vs. #9 Anthony Pettis on January 26, 2013

#8 Clay Guida vs. Hatsu Hioki on January 26, 2013

#11 Jim Miller vs. #16 Joe Lauzon on December 29, 2012

#12 T.J. Grant vs. #18 Matt Wiman on January 26, 2013

#20 Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Thiago Tavares on January 19, 2013

#22 Michael Johnson vs. Myles Jury on December 29, 2012

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Ben Henderson 175 UFC 1
2 Gilbert Melendez 159 Strikeforce 3
3 Gray Maynard 157 UFC 4
4 Nate Diaz 149 UFC 5
5 Frankie Edgar 148 UFC 2
6 Michael Chandler 127 Bellator 8
7 Donald Cerrone 126 UFC 7
8 Clay Guida 120 UFC 9
9 Anthony Pettis 115 UFC 6
10 Eddie Alvarez 102 Bellator 10
11 Jim Miller 94 UFC 11
12 T.J. Grant 62 UFC 12
13 Pat Healy 56 Strikeforce 13
14 Rick Hawn 55 Bellator 14
15 Shinya Aoki 53 One FC 20
16 Joe Lauzon 53 UFC 15
16 Rafael dos Anjos 53 UFC 28
18 Matt Wiman 52 UFC 16
19 Josh Thomson 50 Strikeforce 17
20 Khabib Nurmagomedov 49 UFC 18
21 Gleison Tibau 40 UFC 26
22 Jadamba Narantungalag 38 Legend FC 21
22 Michael Johnson 38 UFC 21
22 Melvin Guillard 38 UFC 23
25 Antonio McKee 36 EFWC 24

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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