Bloody Elbow January 2013 Meta-Rankings: Welterweight

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Tarec Saffiedine's upset victory over Nate Marquardt has him in the top 15 after being completely unranked last month.

Our sources are cited at the bottom of this post.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Georges St. Pierre 225 UFC 1
2 Johny Hendricks 214 UFC 2
3 Carlos Condit 209 UFC 3
4 Martin Kampmann 178 UFC 7
5 Jon Fitch 175 UFC 4
6 Jake Ellenberger 174 UFC 5
7 Rory MacDonald 170 UFC 6
8 Josh Koscheck 167 UFC 8
9 Nick Diaz 140 UFC 9
10 Ben Askren 113 Bellator 12
11 Demian Maia 103 UFC 11
12 Tarec Saffiedine 87 Strikeforce NR
13 Nate Marquardt 85 Strikeforce 10
14 Mike Pierce 77 UFC 13
15 Mike Pyle 65 UFC 16
16 Siyar Bahadurzada 58 UFC 15
16 Jay Hieron 58 UFC 17
18 Tyron Woodley 56 UFC 18
19 Erick Silva 54 UFC 20
20 Dong Hyun Kim 49 UFC 19
21 Rick Story 43 UFC 22
22 B.J. Penn 42 UFC 14
22 Paul Daley 42 Bellator 32
24 Diego Sanchez 41 UFC 20
24 Andrey Koreshkov 41 Bellator 26

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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