USA TODAY/MMA NATION April 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 311 UFC 3
4 Nick Diaz 291 UFC 4
5 Johny Hendricks 278 UFC 6
6 Josh Koscheck 269 UFC 5
7 Jon Fitch 255 UFC 7
8 Jake Shields 250 UFC 8
9 Martin Kampmann 231 UFC 9
10 B.J. Penn 185 UFC 10
11 Rory MacDonald 154 UFC 12
12 Diego Sanchez 140 UFC 11
13 Ben Askren 123 Bellator 17
14 Thiago Alves 121 UFC 14
15 Tyron Woodley 109 Strikeforce 15
16 Rick Story 105 UFC 13
17 Charlie Brenneman 101 UFC 16
18 Siyar Bahadurzada 92 UFC 27
19 Jay Hieron 89 Bellator 18
20 Brian Ebersole 77 UFC 20
21 Mike Pyle 65 UFC 25
22 Mike Pierce 64 UFC 22
23 Anthony Johnson 63 Titan Fighting 21
24 Paulo Thiago 60 UFC 19
25 John Hathaway 59 UFC 28

Upcoming Fights:

Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann on June 1, 2012
Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks on May 5, 2012
Jon Fitch vs. Aaron Simpson on July 21, 2012
Brian Ebersole vs. TJ Waldburger on June 22, 2012
Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha on June 8, 2012
Thiago Alves vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama on July 21, 2012
Mike Pyle vs. Josh Neer on June 8, 2012
Charlie Brenneman vs. Erick Silva on June 8, 2012
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Demian Maia on July 7, 2012
Rick Story vs. Rich Attonito on June 22, 2012
John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss on May 5, 2012
Anthony Johnson vs. David Branch on May 25, 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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