USA TODAY/MMA NATION March 2012 Consensus Rankings: Lightweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Ben Henderson 350 UFC 4
2 Frankie Edgar 336 UFC 1
3 Gilbert Melendez 318 Strikeforce 2
4 Gray Maynard 312 UFC 3
5 Shinya Aoki 280 Bellator 6
6 Jim Miller 279 UFC 5
7 Clay Guida 255 UFC 7
8 Nate Diaz 239 UFC 8
9 Anthony Pettis 235 UFC 10
10 Michael Chandler 233 Bellator 9
11 Eddie Alvarez 151 Bellator 13
12 Donald Cerrone 130 UFC 12
13 Joe Lauzon 122 UFC 11
14 Gleison Tibau 106 UFC 14
15 Melvin Guillard 98 UFC 15
16 Evan Dunham 83 UFC 16
17 Dennis Siver 82 UFC 17
18 Matt Wiman 68 UFC 18
19 Rafael dos Anjos 65 UFC 19
20 Pat Healy 62 Strikeforce 30
21 Jorge Masvidal 61 Strikeforce 20
21 Josh Thomson 61 Strikeforce 30
23 Jacob Volkmann 56 UFC 23
24 George Sotiropoulos 49 UFC 21
25 Jadamba Narantungalag 46 Legend Fighting Championship 26

#4 Gray Maynard vs. #7 Clay Guida on June 22, 2012.

#5 Shinya Aoki vs. #11 Eddie Alvarez on April 20, 2012.

#8 Nate Diaz vs. #6 Jim MIller on May 5, 2012.

#10 Michael Chandler vs. Akihiro Gono on May 4, 2012.

#12 Donald Cerrone vs. Jeremy Stephens on May 15, 2012.

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

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

#25 Jadamba Narantungalag vs. Yui Chul Nam on March 30, 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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