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USAT/SBN October 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Lightweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Frank Edgar 100 UFC 1
2 B.J. Penn 91 UFC 2
3 Gilbert Melendez 90 Strikeforce 3
4 Gray Maynard 89 UFC 4
5 Shinya Aoki 83 DREAM 5
6 Eddie Alvarez 82 Bellator 6
7 Kenny Florian 79 UFC 7
8 Tatsuya Kawajiri 61 DREAM 8
9 Sean Sherk 55 UFC 10
10 George Sotiropoulos 51 UFC 9
11 Evan Dunham 47 UFC 12
12 Jim Miller 45 UFC 11
13 Takanori Gomi 40 UFC 13
14 Ben Henderson 36 WEC 14
15 Mizuto Hirota 31 K-1 15
16 Josh Thomson 29 Strikeforce 21
17 Joe Stevenson 27 UFC 17
18 Tyson Griffin 27 UFC 16
19 Gesias Cavalcante 21 Strikeforce 19
20 Kurt Pellegrino 17 UFC 18
21 Diego Sanchez 17 UFC 20
22 Clay Guida 13 UFC 24
23 Melvin Guillard 12 UFC 23
24 Kazunori Yokota 10 K-1 25
24 Sam Stout 10 UFC 26

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

We'll have to wait until UFC 125 to see if #1 Frank Edgar can keep #4 Gray Maynard from taking his belt. Then the winner will have to face the winner of WEC 53's title fight between #14 Ben Henderson and Anthony Pettis. That will be hot.

Meanwhile #6 Eddie Alvarez convincingly beat UFC veteran Roger Huerta in Bellator and is calling out Strikeforce champ #3 Gilbert Melendez. Too bad that fight probably won't happen.

In Japan #5 Shinya Aoki won a squash match at Deep 50 and his New Year's Eve date for Dynamite!! 2010 is still unnamed.


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 Consensus Rankings.

We are now moving to what JCS of Fight Matrix has described as assumed rankings in an attempt to rank fighters who move between weight classes. This has been the biggest problem with the consensus rankings and we believe this new methodology will rectify that.

Let's take Anderson Silva for instance. 87% (13 of 15) of our panelists have him at Light Heavyweight and 100% (15 of 15) at Middleweight. On the 13 ballots that ranked Silva at 205, we took the average (21.2). We then reduced that number by half the percentage of Light Heavyweight ballots that he was not included on. Say he's not on 30% of them, then we do a 15% penalty on the average that we found in the previous step. That number is then used instead of the usual "normalization number" to provide points from those not ranking the fighter in the weight class in question. This avoids fighters being excessively penalized by confusion about which weight class they belong.

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