Bloody Elbow December 2013 Meta-Rankings: Welterweight

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Where does the welterweight division stand according to the experts?

Our sources are cited at the bottom of this post.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Johny Hendricks 248 UFC 2
2 Carlos Condit 237 UFC 3
3 Robbie Lawler 223 UFC 4
4 Rory MacDonald 213 UFC 5
5 Jake Ellenberger 192 UFC 6
6 Demian Maia 187 UFC 7
7 Jake Shields 183 UFC 9
8 Ben Askren 160 OneFC 8
9 Martin Kampmann 151 UFC 10
10 Matt Brown 142 UFC 11
11 Hector Lombard 102 UFC 12
12 Georges St. Pierre 102 "Retired" 1
13 Tyron Woodley 98 UFC 14
14 Dong Hyun Kim 94 UFC 13
15 Tarec Saffiedine 81 UFC 15
16 Mike Pyle 75 UFC 16
17 Rick Story 68 UFC 18
18 Rousimar Palhares 59 WSOF 19
19 Steve Carl 58 WSOF 19
20 Josh Koscheck 53 UFC 21
21 Nick Diaz 53 Retired 17
22 Josh Burkman 50 WSOF 22
23 Douglas Lima 46 Bellator 23
24 Nate Marquardt 45 UFC 23
24 Jon Fitch 45 WSOF 25

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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