USA TODAY/MMA NATION May 2012 Consensus Rankings: Middleweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Anderson Silva 375 UFC 1
2 Chael Sonnen 360 UFC 2
3 Mark Munoz 333 UFC 3
4 Vitor Belfort 305 UFC 4
5 Michael Bisping 299 UFC 5
6 Luke Rockhold 258 Strikeforce 6
7 Tim Boetsch 257 UFC 7
8 Yushin Okami 255 UFC 8
9 Chris Weidman 248 UFC 9
10 Brian Stann 231 UFC 10
11 Hector Lombard 189 UFC 11
12 Ronaldo Souza 174 Strikeforce 12
13 Alan Belcher 172 UFC 17
14 Tim Kennedy 141 Strikeforce 14
15 Rousimar Palhares 112 UFC 16
16 Chris Leben 107 UFC 18
17 Nate Marquardt 106 Strikeforce 13
18 Demian Maia 102 UFC 15
19 Wanderlei Silva 101 UFC 20
20 Mamed Khalidov 100 KSW 19
21 Jorge Santiago 87 Titan Fighting 21
22 Robbie Lawler 86 Strikeforce 22
23 Alexander Shlemenko 80 Super Fight League 23
24 Ronny Markes 72 UFC 25
25 Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves 69 Bellator NR

Upcoming Bouts:

#1 Anderson Silva vs. #2 Chael Sonnen on July 7, 2012.

#4 Vitor Belfort vs. #19 Wanderlei Silva on June 23, 2012.

#3 Mark Munoz vs. #9 Chris Weidman on July 11, 2012.

#6 Luke Rockhold vs. #14 Tim Kennedy on July 14, 2012.

#11 Hector Lombard vs. #10 Brian Stann on August 4, 2012.

#7 Tim Boetsch vs. #5 Michael Bisping on July 21, 2012.

#17 Nate Marquardt vs. Tyron Woodley on July 14, 2012.

#18 Demian Maia vs. Dong Hyun Kim on July 7, 2012.

#8 Yushin Okami vs. Luiz Cane on August 11, 2012.

#22 Robbie Lawler vs. Lorenz Larkin on July 14, 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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