USA TODAY/MMA NATION April 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 308 UFC 3
4 Vitor Belfort 297 UFC 4
5 Michael Bisping 273 UFC 5
6 Luke Rockhold 244 Strikeforce 7
7 Tim Boetsch 236 UFC 6
8 Yushin Okami 235 UFC 8
9 Chris Weidman 232 UFC 9
10 Brian Stann 216 UFC 10
11 Hector Lombard 173 UFC 11
12 Ronaldo Souza 167 Strikeforce 13
13 Nate Marquardt 156 Strikeforce 12
14 Tim Kennedy 140 Strikeforce 14
15 Demian Maia 133 UFC 16
16 Rousimar Palhares 129 UFC 15
17 Alan Belcher 108 UFC 18
18 Chris Leben 107 UFC 17
19 Mamed Khalidov 100 KSW 20
20 Wanderlei Silva 99 UFC 19
21 Jorge Santiago 87 Titan Fighting 21
22 Robbie Lawler 83 Strikeforce 22
23 Alexander Shlemenko 78 Bellator 23
24 Ed Herman 70 UFC 25
25 Ronny Markes 64 UFC 29
25 Constantinos Philippou 64 UFC 30

Upcoming Fights:

Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen on June 23, 2012
Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva on June 23, 2012
Tim Boetsch vs. Michael Bisping on July 7, 2012
Rousimar Palhares vs. Alan Belcher on May 5, 2012
Demian Maia vs. Dong Hyun Kim on July 7, 2012
Constantinos Philippou vs. Riki Fukuda on July 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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