Bloody Elbow December 2013 Meta-Rankings: Lightweight

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Where does the lightweight division stand according to the experts?

Our sources are cited at the bottom of this post.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Anthony Pettis 250 UFC 1
2 Ben Henderson 240 UFC 2
3 Gilbert Melendez 229 UFC 3
4 T.J. Grant 215 UFC 4
5 Michael Chandler 199 Bellator 5
6 Josh Thomson 191 UFC 7
7 Eddie Alvarez 190 Bellator 6
8 Nate Diaz 174 UFC 11
9 Rafael dos Anjos 160 UFC 10
10 Khabib Nurmagomedov 158 UFC 9
11 Gray Maynard 111 UFC 8
12 Donald Cerrone 100 UFC 12
13 Jim Miller 93 UFC 13
14 Diego Sanchez 81 UFC 14
15 Bobby Green 73 UFC 23
16 Michael Johnson 66 UFC 20
17 Pat Healy 63 UFC 15
18 Joe Lauzon 58 UFC 21
19 Evan Dunham 51 UFC 16
19 Myles Jury 51 UFC 19
21 Gleison Tibau 48 UFC 17
21 Matt Wiman 48 UFC 17
23 Rustam Khabilov 46 UFC 26
24 Jamie Varner 44 UFC 22
25 Edson Barboza 40 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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