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USAT/SBN June 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Lightweight

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Frankie Edgar 297 UFC 1
2 B.J. Penn 289 UFC 2
3 Gilbert Melendez 263 Strikeforce 3
4 Kenny Florian 263 UFC 4
5 Eddie Alvarez 248 Bellator 5
6 Gray Maynard 238 UFC 6
7 Shinya Aoki 225 DREAM/Strikeforce 7
8 Tatsuya Kawajiri 223 DREAM 8
9 Sean Sherk 146 UFC 10
10 Benson Henderson 141 WEC 12
11 Mizuto Hirota 124 WVR 14
12 Jim Miller 123 UFC 13
13 Tyson Griffin 118 UFC 9
14 Evan Dunham 117 UFC 34
15 George Sotiropoulos 111 UFC 15
16 Joe Stevenson 94 UFC 16
17 Takanori Gomi 77 UFC 17
18 Diego Sanchez 74 UFC 11
19 Kurt Pellegrino 68 UFC 18
20 Gleison Tibau 59 UFC 21
21 Kazunori Yokota 44 WVR 22
22 Luis Palomino 43 Bellator 23
23 Gesias Cavalcante 42 DREAM/Strikeforce 19
24 Josh Thomson 40 Strikeforce 24
25 Joachim Hansen 39 DREAM 25

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

Another division that hasn't been moving much. The only jump with any meaning is #14 Evan Dunham's leap up from #34 after beating #13 (formerly #9) Tyson Griffin at UFC 115.

DREAM fans can look forward to #7 Shinya Aoki defending his title against #8 Tatsuya Kawajiri at DREAM.15.

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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