Bloody Elbow December 2012 Meta-Rankings: Light Heavyweight

USA TODAY Sports

Alexander Gustafsson's victory over Mauicio Rua has him in the top five.

Our sources are cited at the bottom of this post.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jon Jones 225 UFC 1
2 Rashad Evans 207 UFC 2
3 Lyoto Machida 200 UFC 3
4 Dan Henderson 194 UFC 5
5 Alexander Gustafsson 188 UFC 6
6 Phil Davis 178 UFC 7
7 Mauricio Rua 176 UFC 4
8 Ryan Bader 159 UFC 8
9 Quinton Jackson 128 UFC 9
10 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 109 UFC 10
11 Glover Teixeira 99 UFC 11
12 Forrest Griffin 98 UFC 12
13 Gegard Mousasi 84 Strikeforce 13
14 Muhammed Lawal 73 Bellator 14
15 Rafael Cavalcante 67 Strikeforce 16
16 Anthony Johnson 66 WSOF 15
17 Ryan Jimmo 52 UFC 17
18 Renato Sobral 51 Bellator 18
18 Matt Hamill 51 UFC 21
20 James Te Huna 50 UFC 19
21 Thiago Silva 48 UFC 22
22 Attila Vegh 45 Bellator 20
23 Brandon Vera 41 UFC 25
23 Chael Sonnen 41 UFC NR
25 Thales Leites 40 Amazon Forest Combat 23

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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