Bloody Elbow October 2013 Meta-Rankings: Lightweight

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The top of this division is very settled.

Our sources are cited at the bottom of this post.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Anthony Pettis 250 UFC 1
2 Ben Henderson 239 UFC 2
3 Gilbert Melendez 230 UFC 3
4 T.J. Grant 220 UFC 4
5 Michael Chandler 207 Bellator 5
6 Josh Thomson 191 UFC 6
7 Gray Maynard 185 UFC 7
8 Khabib Nurmagomedov 164 UFC 9
9 Rafael dos Anjos 160 UFC 8
10 Eddie Alvarez 149 Bellator 11
11 Nate Diaz 137 UFC 10
12 Jim Miller 91 UFC 13
13 Donald Cerrone 87 UFC 12
14 Pat Healy 83 UFC 14
14 Diego Sanchez 83 UFC 15
16 Evan Dunham 69 UFC 17
17 Gleison Tibau 56 UFC 18
18 Matt Wiman 54 UFC 20
19 Michael Johnson 53 UFC 19
20 Myles Jury 51 UFC 21
21 Joe Lauzon 46 UFC 23
22 Jamie Varner 43 UFC 24
23 Jorge Masvidal 41 UFC 25
24 Melvin Guillard 39 UFC 22
25 Shinya Aoki 37 One FC 16
25 Mark Bocek 37 UFC 26
25 Edson Barboza 37 UFC 27

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 Meta-Rankings.

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