Bloody Elbow February 2013 Meta-Rankings: Light Heavyweight

USA TODAY Sports

There has been some re-shuffling of the top 10 with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira's win over Rashad Evans.

Our sources are cited at the bottom of this post.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jon Jones 200 UFC 1
2 Lyoto Machida 189 UFC 3
3 Dan Henderson 185 UFC 4
4 Alexander Gustafsson 177 UFC 5
5 Rashad Evans 161 UFC 2
6 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 160 UFC 10
7 Mauricio Rua 151 UFC 7
8 Glover Teixeira 140 UFC 9
9 Phil Davis 138 UFC 6
10 Ryan Bader 135 UFC 8
11 Gegard Mousasi 76 UFC 10
11 Forrest Griffin 76 UFC 13
13 Quinton Jackson 74 UFC 12
14 James Te Huna 64 UFC 17
15 Emanuel Newton 62 Bellator 27
16 Anthony Johnson 55 WSOF 15
17 Muhammed Lawal 52 Bellator 14
17 Attila Vegh 52 Bellator 20
19 Ryan Jimmo 50 UFC 16
20 Matt Hamill 49 UFC 18
20 Rafael Cavalcante 49 Strikeforce 19
22 Jimi Manuwa 48 UFC 29
23 Vinny Magalhaes 41 UFC 22
23 Mikhail Zayats 41 Bellator 25
25 Brandon Vera 40 UFC 21
25 Thales Leites 40 Amazon Forest Combat 22

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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