Bloody Elbow August 2013 Meta-Rankings: Lightweight

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The top 16 are completely unchanged from July.

Our sources are cited at the bottom of this post.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Ben Henderson 250 UFC 1
2 Gilbert Melendez 233 UFC 2
3 T.J. Grant 219 UFC 3
4 Anthony Pettis 213 UFC 4
5 Michael Chandler 212 Bellator 5
6 Gray Maynard 194 UFC 6
7 Josh Thomson 192 UFC 7
8 Eddie Alvarez 160 Bellator 8
9 Nate Diaz 148 UFC 9
10 Donald Cerrone 140 UFC 10
11 Rafael dos Anjos 107 UFC 11
12 Khabib Nurmagomedov 103 UFC 12
13 Jim Miller 100 UFC 13
14 Pat Healy 99 UFC 14
15 Shinya Aoki 81 OneFC 15
16 Diego Sanchez 77 UFC 16
17 Evan Dunham 59 UFC 18
18 Myles Jury 56 UFC 23
19 Michael Johnson 53 UFC NR
20 Matt Wiman 52 UFC 21
21 Joe Lauzon 51 UFC 17
22 Melvin Guillard 49 UFC 19
23 Jamie Varner 48 UFC 20
24 Edson Barboza 46 UFC 22
25 Jorge Masvidal 43 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 Meta-Rankings.

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