MMA NATION June 2012 Consensus Rankings: Lightweight


Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Ben Henderson 325 UFC 1
2 Frankie Edgar 311 UFC 2
3 Gilbert Melendez 293 Strikeforce 3
4 Gray Maynard 289 UFC 4
5 Nate Diaz 269 UFC 5
6 Jim Miller 229 UFC 9
7 Clay Guida 225 UFC 7
8 Michael Chandler 224 Bellator 6
9 Anthony Pettis 222 UFC 8
10 Donald Cerrone 180 UFC 10
11 Eddie Alvarez 165 Bellator 11
12 Shinya Aoki 132 Bellator 12
13 Josh Thomson 102 Strikeforce 13
14 Joe Lauzon 92 UFC 14
15 Melvin Guillard 89 UFC 16
16 Khabib Nurmagomedov 78 UFC NR
17 Rick Hawn 72 Bellator 17
18 Pat Healy 66 Strikeforce 21
19 Rafael dos Anjos 63 UFC 18
19 Mark Bocek 63 UFC 19
19 Evan Dunham 63 UFC 20
22 Gleison Tibau 62 UFC 15
23 Paul Sass 60 UFC 22
24 T.J. Grant 57 UFC 23
25 Matt Wiman 56 UFC 24

Upcoming Bouts:

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

#3 Gilbert Melendez vs. #18 Pat Healy on September 29, 2012.

#10 Donald Cerrone vs. #15 Melvin Guillard on August 11, 2012.

#24 T.J. Grant vs. #19 Evan Dunham on September 22, 2012.

#23 Paul Sass vs. #25 Matt Wiman on September 29, 2012.

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