Bloody Elbow December 2012 Meta-Rankings: Welterweight

Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Rory MacDonald is surging after his emphatic defeat of B.J. Penn.

Our sources are cited at the bottom of this post.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Georges St. Pierre 250 UFC 1
2 Johny Hendricks 238 UFC 2
3 Carlos Condit 232 UFC 3
4 Jon Fitch 197 UFC 6
5 Jake Ellenberger 189 UFC 5
6 Rory MacDonald 186 UFC 10
7 Martin Kampmann 182 UFC 4
8 Josh Koscheck 182 UFC 7
9 Nick Diaz 180 UFC 8
10 Nate Marquardt 129 Strikeforce 9
11 Demian Maia 117 UFC 12
12 Ben Askren 108 Bellator 11
13 Mike Pierce 83 UFC 15
14 B.J. Penn 72 UFC 14
15 Siyar Bahadurzada 68 UFC 16
16 Mike Pyle 64 UFC 17
17 Jay Hieron 58 UFC 18
18 Tyron Woodley 57 Strikeforce 18
19 Dong Hyun Kim 54 UFC 18
20 Diego Sanchez 53 UFC 13
20 Erick Silva 53 UFC 24
22 Rick Story 46 UFC 26
23 John Hathaway 45 UFC 23
24 Brian Ebersole 44 UFC 22
24 Thiago Alves 44 UFC 28

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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