MMA Nation September 2012 Consensus Rankings: Lightweight

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

After defeating #4 Frankie Edgar a second time, Ben Henderson is comfortably the #1 lightweight.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Ben Henderson 275 UFC 1
2 Gilbert Melendez 250 Strikeforce 2
3 Gray Maynard 246 UFC 3
4 Frankie Edgar 237 UFC 4
5 Nate Diaz 232 UFC 5
6 Michael Chandler 196 Bellator 8
7 Clay Guida 185 UFC 7
7 Anthony Pettis 185 UFC 6
9 Donald Cerrone 177 UFC 9
10 Jim Miller 166 UFC 10
11 Eddie Alvarez 151 Bellator 11
12 Shinya Aoki 98 One FC 12
13 Josh Thomson 94 Strikeforce 13
14 Joe Lauzon 92 UFC 14
15 Khabib Nurmagomedov 74 UFC 15
16 T.J. Grant 73 UFC 25
17 Melvin Guillard 69 UFC 16
18 Rick Hawn 62 Bellator 17
19 Rafael dos Anjos 56 UFC 18
20 Paul Sass 55 UFC 22
21 Pat Healy 54 Strikeforce 18
22 Mark Bocek 53 UFC 21
23 Gleison Tibau 52 UFC 23
24 Matt Wiman 50 UFC 23
25 Evan Dunham 39 UFC 20

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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