Bloody Elbow April 2013 Meta-Rankings: Lightweight

Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Josh Thomson's emphatic win over Nate Diaz has him in the conversation for a title shot.

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 212 UFC 2
3 Gray Maynard 206 UFC 3
4 Michael Chandler 188 Bellator 5
5 Eddie Alvarez 164 Bellator 8
6 Anthony Pettis 162 UFC 6
7 Nate Diaz 155 UFC 4
8 Josh Thomson 152 UFC 15
9 Jim Miller 134 UFC 7
10 Donald Cerrone 133 UFC 9
11 T.J. Grant 119 UFC 10
12 Pat Healy 107 UFC 16
13 Khabib Nurmagomedov 83 UFC 11
14 Shinya Aoki 82 OneFC 14
15 Rafael dos Anjos 79 UFC 12
16 Diego Sanchez 76 UFC NR
17 Joe Lauzon 69 UFC 12
18 Evan Dunham 60 UFC 17
19 Jamie Varner 53 UFC 19
20 Jorge Masvidal 52 UFC 23
21 Matt Wiman 51 UFC 20
22 Gleison Tibau 49 UFC 21
22 Melvin Guillard 49 UFC 22
22 Takanori Gomi 49 UFC 25
25 Myles Jury 47 UFC 28

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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