MMA Nation August 2012 Consensus Rankings: Lightweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Ben Henderson 300 UFC 1
2 Gilbert Melendez 271 Strikeforce 3
3 Gray Maynard 268 UFC 4
4 Frankie Edgar 263 UFC 2
5 Nate Diaz 252 UFC 5
6 Anthony Pettis 205 UFC 9
7 Clay Guida 203 UFC 7
8 Michael Chandler 200 Bellator 8
9 Donald Cerrone 194 UFC 10
10 Jim Miller 186 UFC 6
11 Eddie Alvarez 155 Bellator 11
12 Shinya Aoki 117 One FC 12
13 Josh Thomson 100 Strikeforce 13
14 Joe Lauzon 97 UFC 14
15 Khabib Nurmagomedov 76 UFC 16
16 Melvin Guillard 73 UFC 15
17 Rick Hawn 68 Bellator 17
18 Pat Healy 61 Strikeforce 18
18 Rafael dos Anjos 61 UFC 19
20 Evan Dunham 59 UFC 21
21 Mark Bocek 58 UFC 20
22 Paul Sass 57 UFC 23
23 Gleison Tibau 54 UFC 22
23 Matt Wiman 54 UFC 25
25 T.J. Grant 53 UFC 24

Upcoming Bouts:

Ben Henderson vs. Nate Diaz on December 8, 2012.

Gilbert Melendez vs. Pat Healy on September 29, 2012.

Gray Maynard vs. Joe Lauzon on December 29, 2012.

Eddie Alvarez vs. Patricky Freire on October 12, 2012.

TJ Grant vs. Evan Dunham on September 22, 2012.

Josh Thomson vs. Caros Fodor on September 29, 2012.

Mark Bocek vs. Rafael dos Anjos on November 17, 2012.

Shinya Aoki vs. Arnaud Lepont on October 6, 2012.

Paul Sass vs. Matt Wiman on September 29, 2012.

Gleison Tibau vs. Francisco Trinaldo on October 13, 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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