USA TODAY/MMA Nation February 2012 Consensus Rankings: Middleweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Anderson Silva 400 UFC 1
2 Chael Sonnen 384 UFC 2
3 Yushin Okami 355 UFC 3
4 Mark Munoz 343 UFC 4
5 Vitor Belfort 322 UFC 5
6 Michael Bisping 305 UFC 7
7 Luke Rockhold 265 Strikeforce 8
8 Chris Weidman 258 UFC 21
9 Brian Stann 251 UFC 9
10 Hector Lombard 194 Bellator 12
11 Nate Marquardt 190 Strikeforce 10
12 Ronaldo Souza 175 Strikeforce 11
13 Demian Maia 166 UFC 6
14 Tim Kennedy 152 Strikeforce 13
15 Rousimar Palhares 140 UFC 15
16 Alan Belcher 129 UFC 14
17 Chris Leben 125 UFC 16
18 Wanderlei Silva 108 UFC 17
19 Mamed Khalidov 102 KSW 18
20 Robbie Lawler 80 Strikeforce 19
21 Jorge Santiago 75 Titan Fighting 20
22 Alexander Shlemenko 59 Bellator 22
23 Tim Boetsch 55 UFC 26
24 Thales Leites 51 Superior Challenge 23
25 Alessio Sakara 50 UFC 29

Upcoming Bouts:

#1 Anderson Silva vs. #2 Chael Sonnen on June 29, 2012.

#5 Vitor Belfort vs. #18 Wanderlei Silva on June 29, 2012.

#3 Yushin Okami vs. #23 Tim Boetsch on February 26, 2012.

#9 Brian Stann vs. #25 Alessio Sakara on April 14, 2012.

#12 Ronaldo Souza vs. Derek Brunson on March 3, 2012.

#15 Rousimar Palhares vs. #16 Alan Belcher on May 5, 2012.

#24 Thales Leites vs. Matt Horwich on March 31, 2012.

#21 Jorge Santiago vs. Leonardo Pecanha on March 2, 2012.

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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