USA TODAY/MMA Nation February 2012 Consensus Rankings: Lightweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Frankie Edgar 400 UFC 1
2 Gilbert Melendez 377 Strikeforce 2
3 Gray Maynard 365 UFC 3
4 Ben Henderson 358 UFC 4
5 Jim Miller 319 UFC 6
6 Shinya Aoki 317 DREAM 5
7 Clay Guida 297 UFC 7
8 Nate Diaz 281 UFC 8
9 Michael Chandler 256 Bellator 9
10 Anthony Pettis 246 UFC 10
11 Joe Lauzon 171 UFC 12
12 Donald Cerrone 165 UFC 13
13 Eddie Alvarez 165 Bellator 11
14 Gleison Tibau 129 UFC 14
15 Melvin Guillard 119 UFC 15
16 Evan Dunham 103 UFC 20
17 Dennis Siver 92 UFC 16
18 Matt Wiman 80 UFC 18
19 Rafael dos Anjos 75 UFC 18
20 Jorge Masvidal 65 Strikeforce 22
21 George Sotiropoulos 63 UFC 21
22 Sam Stout 57 UFC 26
23 Jacob Volkmann 55 UFC 26
24 Mac Danzig 55 UFC 24
25 Jeremy Stephens 49 UFC 30

Upcoming Bouts:

#1 Frankie Edgar vs. #4 Ben Henderson on February 26, 2012.

#8 Nate Diaz vs. #5 Jim MIller on May 5, 2012.

#11 Joe Lauzon vs. #10 Anthony Pettis on February 26, 2012.

#12 Donald Cerrone vs. Yves Edwards on May 15, 2012.

#17 Dennis Siver vs. Diego Nunes on April 14, 2012.

#18 Matt Wiman vs. Mark Bocek on April 21, 2012.

#24 Mac Danzig vs. Efrain Escudero on April 21, 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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