USA TODAY/MMA NATION May 2012 Consensus Rankings: Welterweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Carlos Condit 362 UFC 2
2 Georges St. Pierre 334 UFC 1
3 Jake Ellenberger 333 UFC 3
4 Johny Hendricks 325 UFC 5
5 Nick Diaz 315 UFC 4
6 Jon Fitch 282 UFC 7
7 Josh Koscheck 281 UFC 6
8 Jake Shields 254 UFC 8
9 Martin Kampmann 253 UFC 9
10 Rory MacDonald 201 UFC 11
11 B.J. Penn 179 UFC 10
12 Diego Sanchez 147 UFC 12
13 Ben Askren 144 Bellator 13
14 Thiago Alves 118 UFC 14
15 Rick Story 114 UFC 16
16 Tyron Woodley 113 Strikeforce 15
17 Siyar Bahadurzada 111 UFC 18
18 Charlie Brenneman 96 UFC 17
19 Jay Hieron 90 Bellator 19
20 Brian Ebersole 85 UFC 20
21 Mike Pierce 79 UFC 22
22 Mike Pyle 76 UFC 21
23 Paulo Thiago 71 UFC 24
24 Kazuo Misaki 70 Strikeforce 26
25 John Hathaway 69 UFC 25

Upcoming Bouts:

#3 Jake Ellenberger vs. #9 Martin Kampmann on June 1, 2012.

#8 Jake Shields vs. Ed Herman on August 11, 2012.

#17 Siyar Bahadurzada vs. #14 Thiago Alves on July 21, 2012.

#6 Jon Fitch vs. Aaron Simpson on July 11, 2012.

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

#20 Brian Ebersole vs. TJ Waldburger on June 22, 2012.

#19 Jay Hieron vs. Mike Bronzoulis on July 13, 2012.

#21 Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha on June 8 2012.

#22 Mike Pyle vs. Josh Neer on June 8, 2012.

#18 Charlie Brenneman vs. Erick Silva on June 8, 2012.

#15 Rick Story vs. Papy Abedi on June 22, 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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