MMA NATION June 2012 Consensus Rankings: Lightweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Ben Henderson 325 UFC 1
2 Frankie Edgar 312 UFC 2
3 Gilbert Melendez 292 Strikeforce 3
4 Gray Maynard 289 UFC 4
5 Nate Diaz 269 UFC 5
6 Michael Chandler 227 Bellator 7
7 Clay Guida 224 UFC 7
8 Anthony Pettis 224 UFC 6
9 Jim Miller 215 UFC 9
10 Donald Cerrone 182 UFC 11
11 Eddie Alvarez 176 Bellator 10
12 Shinya Aoki 130 Bellator 12
13 Josh Thomson 102 Strikeforce 13
14 Joe Lauzon 92 UFC 14
15 Gleison Tibau 88 UFC 15
16 Melvin Guillard 86 UFC 16
17 Rick Hawn 78 Bellator 18
18 Rafael dos Anjos 67 UFC 19
19 Mark Bocek 65 UFC 20
20 Evan Dunham 61 UFC 17
21 Pat Healy 60 Strikeforce 21
22 Paul Sass 60 UFC NR
23 T.J. Grant 58 UFC 22
24 Matt Wiman 57 UFC 23
25 Jadamba Narantungalag 47 Legend Fighting Championship 25

Upcoming Bouts:

#1 Ben Henderson vs. #2 Frankie Edgar on August 11.

#21 Pat Healy vs. Mizuto Hirota on July 14.

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

#18 Rafael dos Anjos vs. Anthony Njokuani on July 11.

#22 Paul Sass vs. #24 Matt Wiman on September 29.

#14 Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner on August 4.

#16 Melvin Guillard vs. Fabricio Camoes on July 7.

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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