USA TODAY/MMA NATION March 2012 Consensus Rankings: Middleweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Anderson Silva 350 UFC 1
2 Chael Sonnen 336 UFC 2
3 Mark Munoz 309 UFC 4
4 Vitor Belfort 284 UFC 5
5 Michael Bisping 273 UFC 6
6 Tim Boetsch 243 UFC 23
7 Luke Rockhold 239 Strikeforce 7
8 Yushin Okami 237 UFC 3
9 Chris Weidman 211 UFC 8
10 Brian Stann 197 UFC 9
11 Hector Lombard 177 Bellator 10
12 Nate Marquardt 171 Strikeforce 11
13 Ronaldo Souza 163 Strikeforce 12
14 Tim Kennedy 137 Strikeforce 14
15 Rousimar Palhares 124 UFC 15
16 Demian Maia 115 UFC 13
17 Chris Leben 104 UFC 17
18 Alan Belcher 103 UFC 16
19 Wanderlei Silva 88 UFC 18
20 Mamed Khalidov 85 KSW 19
21 Jorge Santiago 74 Titan Fighting 21
22 Robbie Lawler 72 Strikeforce 20
23 Alexander Shlemenko 64 Super Fight League 22
24 Aaron Simpson 55 UFC 26
25 Yoshihiro Akiyama 51 UFC 30
25 Ed Herman 51 UFC 31

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

#4 Vitor Belfort vs. #19 Wanderlei Silva on June 29, 2012.

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

#15 Rousimar Palhares vs. #18 Alan Belcher on May 5, 2012.

#23 Alexander Shlemenko vs. Ikuhisa Minowa on April 7, 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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