USA TODAY/MMA NATION March 2012 Consensus Rankings: Welterweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Georges St. Pierre 350 UFC 1
2 Carlos Condit 336 UFC 2
3 Jake Ellenberger 309 UFC 4
4 Nick Diaz 295 UFC 3
5 Josh Koscheck 282 UFC 6
6 Johny Hendricks 277 UFC 5
7 Jon Fitch 258 UFC 7
8 Jake Shields 256 UFC 8
9 Martin Kampmann 225 UFC 10
10 B.J. Penn 199 UFC 9
11 Diego Sanchez 153 UFC 11
12 Rory MacDonald 134 UFC 13
13 Rick Story 120 UFC 14
14 Thiago Alves 119 UFC 12
15 Tyron Woodley 113 Strikeforce 17
16 Charlie Brenneman 107 UFC 16
17 Ben Askren 106 Bellator 15
18 Jay Hieron 86 Bellator 19
19 Paulo Thiago 84 UFC 18
20 Brian Ebersole 81 UFC 21
21 Anthony Johnson 71 UFC 22
22 Mike Pierce 63 UFC 20
23 Kazuo Misaki 60 Strikeforce NR
24 Douglas Lima 58 Bellator 28
25 Mike Pyle 58 UFC 25

#3 Jake Ellenberger vs. #9 Martin Kampmann on June 1, 2012.

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

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

#17 Ben Askren vs. #24 Douglas Lima on April 6, 2012.

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

#20 Brian Ebersole vs. TJ Waldburger on June 22, 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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