Bloody Elbow February 2013 Meta-Rankings: Featherweight

USA TODAY Sports

Frankie Edgar settles into a top five ranking after another loss in a championship fight.

Our sources are cited at the bottom of this post.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 225 UFC 1
2 Ricardo Lamas 200 UFC 3
3 Chad Mendes 198 UFC 2
4 Frankie Edgar 192 UFC 23
5 Pat Curran 188 Bellator 4
6 Chan Sung Jung 171 UFC 5
7 Clay Guida 157 UFC 8
8 Dennis Siver 151 UFC 6
9 Cub Swanson 145 UFC 7
10 Dustin Poirier 111 UFC 9
11 Hatsu Hioki 99 UFC 10
12 Tatsuya Kawajiri 96 DREAM 11
13 Erik Koch 90 UFC 12
14 Nik Lentz 90 UFC 13
15 Patricio Freire 70 Bellator 15
16 Daniel Straus 68 Bellator 14
17 Diego Nunes 66 Free Agent 16
18 Marlon Sandro 52 Bellator 17
18 Shahbulat Shamhalaev 52 Bellator NR
20 Hacran Dias 50 UFC 19
21 Robert Peralta 48 UFC 18
21 Manny Gamburyan 48 UFC 20
21 Darren Elkins 48 UFC 22
24 Georgi Karakhanyan 43 DREAM 20
25 Mike Brown 42 UFC 24

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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