USA TODAY/MMA Nation February 2012 Consensus Rankings: Welterweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Georges St. Pierre 400 UFC 1
2 Carlos Condit 378 UFC 4
3 Nick Diaz 356 UFC 2
4 Jake Ellenberger 350 UFC 3
5 Johny Hendricks 323 UFC 5
6 Josh Koscheck 321 UFC 6
7 Jon Fitch 296 UFC 7
8 Jake Shields 289 UFC 7
9 B.J. Penn 236 UFC 9
10 Martin Kampmann 210 UFC 10
11 Diego Sanchez 179 UFC 12
12 Thiago Alves 168 UFC 11
13 Rory MacDonald 154 UFC 13
14 Rick Story 136 UFC 14
15 Ben Askren 128 Bellator 15
16 Charlie Brenneman 122 UFC 17
17 Tyron Woodley 122 Strikeforce 16
18 Paulo Thiago 99 UFC 19
19 Jay Hieron 95 Bellator 18
20 Mike Pierce 82 UFC 30
21 Brian Ebersole 79 UFC 20
22 Anthony Johnson 77 UFC 21
23 Dong Hyun Kim 68 UFC 27
23 John Hathaway 68 UFC 24
25 Mike Pyle 67 UFC 23
25 Paul Daley 67 Strikeforce 22

Upcoming Bouts:

#8 Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama on February 26, 2012.

#6 Josh Koscheck vs. #5 Johny Hendricks on May 5, 2012.

#10 Martin Kampmann vs. #12 Thiago Alves on March 3, 2012.

#13 Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills on April 21, 2012.

#15 Ben Askren vs. Douglas Lima on April 6, 2012.

#18 Paulo Thiago vs. Siyar Bahadurzada on April 14, 2012.

#25 Paul Daley vs. Kazuo Misaki on March 3, 2012.

#23 John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss on May 5, 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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