USA TODAY/MMA NATION May 2012 Consensus Rankings: Lightweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Ben Henderson 375 UFC 1
2 Frankie Edgar 360 UFC 2
3 Gilbert Melendez 338 Strikeforce 3
4 Gray Maynard 332 UFC 4
5 Nate Diaz 307 UFC 7
6 Anthony Pettis 266 UFC 8
7 Michael Chandler 264 Bellator 9
7 Clay Guida 264 UFC 6
9 Jim Miller 252 UFC 5
10 Eddie Alvarez 207 Bellator 11
11 Donald Cerrone 193 UFC 12
12 Shinya Aoki 140 Bellator 10
13 Josh Thomson 125 Strikeforce 17
14 Joe Lauzon 110 UFC 13
15 Gleison Tibau 109 UFC 14
16 Melvin Guillard 96 UFC 15
17 Evan Dunham 82 UFC 16
18 Rick Hawn 78 Bellator 23
19 Rafael dos Anjos 77 UFC 21
20 Mark Bocek 75 UFC 18
21 Pat Healy 71 Strikeforce 19
22 T.J. Grant 68 Strikeforce 31
23 Matt Wiman 65 UFC 22
24 Jacob Volkmann 57 UFC 20
25 Jadamba Narantungalag 57 Legend Fighting Championship 24

Upcoming Bouts:

#1 Ben Henderson vs. #2 Frank Edgar on August 11, 2012.

#4 Gray Maynard vs. #7 Clay Guida on June 22, 2012.

#18 Rick Hawn vs. Brent Weedman on May 25, 2012.

#15 Gleison Tibau vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov on July 7, 2012.

#24 Jacob Volkmann vs. Paul Sass on May 26, 2012.

#14 Joe Lauzon vs. Terry Etim on August 4, 2012.

#16 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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