Bloody Elbow July 2013 Meta-Rankings: Featherweight

USA TODAY Sports

The rankings favor the more recently active top fighters.

Our sources are cited at the bottom of this post.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Jose Aldo 250 UFC 1
2 Chad Mendes 231 UFC 2
3 Frankie Edgar 228 UFC 4
4 Ricardo Lamas 219 UFC 3
5 Cub Swanson 212 UFC 6
6 Pat Curran 201 Bellator 5
7 Chan Sung Jung 182 UFC 7
8 Clay Guida 158 UFC 9
9 Nik Lentz 134 UFC 11
10 Dustin Poirier 126 UFC 10
11 Dennis Siver 103 UFC 8
12 Erik Koch 100 UFC 14
13 Tatsuya Kawajiri 100 DREAM 12
14 Hatsu Hioki 97 UFC 13
15 Patricio Freire 81 Bellator 17
16 Daniel Straus 68 Bellator 15
17 Diego Nunes 66 UFC 16
18 Charles Oliveira 61 UFC 23
19 Rani Yahya 59 UFC 19
20 Magomedrasul Khasbulaev 54 Bellator 18
20 Darren Elkins 54 UFC 21
22 Conor McGregor 49 UFC 20
23 Hacran Dias 48 UFC 23
24 Manny Gamburyan 47 UFC 22
25 Jeremy Stephens 42 UFC 23

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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