USA TODAY/MMA NATION April 2012 Consensus Rankings: Lightweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Ben Henderson 350 UFC 1
2 Frankie Edgar 335 UFC 2
3 Gilbert Melendez 319 Strikeforce 3
4 Gray Maynard 312 UFC 4
5 Jim Miller 286 UFC 6
6 Clay Guida 260 UFC 7
7 Nate Diaz 251 UFC 8
8 Anthony Pettis 242 UFC 9
9 Michael Chandler 228 Bellator 10
10 Shinya Aoki 190 Bellator 5
11 Eddie Alvarez 181 Bellator 11
12 Donald Cerrone 134 UFC 12
13 Joe Lauzon 118 UFC 13
14 Gleison Tibau 116 UFC 14
15 Melvin Guillard 98 UFC 15
16 Evan Dunham 87 UFC 16
17 Josh Thomson 78 Strikeforce 21
18 Mark Bocek 75 UFC 30
19 Pat Healy 70 Strikeforce 20
20 Jacob Volkmann 68 UFC 23
21 Rafael dos Anjos 66 UFC 19
22 Matt Wiman 65 UFC 18
23 Rick Hawn 63 Bellator NR
24 George Sotiropoulos 58 UFC 24
24 Jadamba Narantungalag 58 Legend Fighting Championship 25

Upcoming Fights:

Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson on May 19, 2012
Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida on June 22, 2012
Michael Chandler vs. Akihiro Gono on May 4, 2012
Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller on May 5, 2012
Donald Cerrone vs. Jeremy Stephens on May 15, 2012
Gleison Tibau vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov on July 7, 2012
Evan Dunham vs. Edson Barboza on May 26, 2012
Jacob Volkmann vs. Paul Sass on May 26, 2012
TJ Grant vs. Carlo Prater on May 15, 2012
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kamal Shalorus on May 15, 2012
Joe Lauzon vs. Terry Etim on August 4, 2012
Sam Stout vs. Spencer Fisher on June 22, 2012
Melvin Guillard vs. Fabricio Camoes 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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