Bloody Elbow April 2013 Meta-Rankings: Welterweight

USA TODAY Sports

There is very little separation between the top five after champ Georges St. Pierre

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 216 UFC 2
3 Carlos Condit 203 UFC 3
4 Demian Maia 190 UFC 4
4 Jake Ellenberger 190 UFC 6
6 Rory MacDonald 173 UFC 8
7 Martin Kampmann 172 UFC 5
8 Nick Diaz 171 UFC 7
9 Ben Askren 136 Bellator 11
9 Jon Fitch 136 WSOF 9
11 Robbie Lawler 89 UFC 12
12 Josh Koscheck 80 UFC 10
13 Tarec Saffiedine 74 UFC 14
14 Dong Hyun Kim 65 UFC 23
15 Tyron Woodley 63 UFC 15
16 Nate Marquardt 62 UFC 13
17 Mike Pyle 60 UFC 16
18 Mike Pierce 56 UFC 17
19 Rick Story 54 UFC 25
20 Matt Brown 50 UFC NR
21 Jake Shields 47 UFC 20
22 Gunnar Nelson 44 UFC 19
23 Douglas Lima 42 Bellator 21
23 Erick Silva 42 UFC 21
25 B.J. Penn 38 UFC 26
25 Thiago Alves 38 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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