Bloody Elbow January 2013 Meta-Rankings: Lightweight

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T.J. Grant impresses, Donald Cerrone disappoints and they're moving in opposite directions.

Our sources are cited at the bottom of this post.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Ben Henderson 225 UFC 1
2 Gilbert Melendez 208 UFC 3
3 Gray Maynard 201 UFC 2
4 Nate Diaz 185 UFC 4
5 Anthony Pettis 179 UFC 6
6 Michael Chandler 174 Bellator 8
7 Jim Miller 162 UFC 10
8 Eddie Alvarez 155 Bellator 9
9 Frankie Edgar 149 UFC 7
10 Donald Cerrone 137 UFC 5
11 T.J. Grant 87 UFC 15
12 Khabib Nurmagomedov 83 UFC 21
13 Joe Lauzon 73 UFC 12
14 Shinya Aoki 71 One FC 14
15 Josh Thomson 67 UFC 16
16 Rafael dos Anjos 64 UFC 13
17 Pat Healy 56 Strikeforce 20
18 Rick Hawn 50 Bellator 19
19 Gleison Tibau 49 UFC 24
19 Jamie Varner 49 UFC NR
21 Matt Wiman 45 UFC 17
21 Melvin Guillard 45 UFC 18
23 Clay Guida 43 UFC 11
24 Jorge Masvidal 40 Strikeforce 23
24 Evan Dunham 40 UFC 25
24 Takanori Gomi 40 UFC 25

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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