Note Tyron Woodley is ineligible for the rankings. Also the rankings are an open ballots on the mmaforum.com:
Top 10 MMA Welterweights (5/29/16)
1) Robbie Lawler (1)
Robbie Lawler will be defending his title against Tyron Woodley at UFC 201 on July 30th in Atlanta, Georgia. The question is whether Lawler will survive another war and Woodley is an opponent that cannot be taken lightly.
2) Stephen Thompson (4)
Without a doubt, Stephen Thompson earned the greatest win of his career so far against Rory MacDonald. Supposedly Thompson has earned a title shot against Robbie Lawler with the victory.
3) Rory MacDonald (2)
After eleven months off, Rory MacDonald lost to the up and coming Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson at the TD Place Center in Ottowa, Ontario, Canada on Saturday, June 18th.
4) Demian Maia (3)
Demian Maia is riding a bit of momentum after his win against Matt Brown, extending his winning streak to five. Maia might be overdue for a long overdue title shot at welterweight all things considered, but only time will tell.
5) Carlos Condit (5)
Carlos Condit is contemplating retirement and also doesn’t plan to fight until later in the year or perhaps in 2017. However, he has said that he is in shape and able to step in for a title fight should Lawler or Woodley get injured.
6) Jake Shields (tied 6)
Though he hasn’t fought since August of last year, Jake Shields is still considered a top contender in World Series of Fighting. He was originally supposed to fight Jon Fitch for the WSOF Welterweight Championship on April 1st.
7) Ben Askren (tied 6)
Ben Askren defeated Nikolay Aleksakhin on April 15th at ONE Championship: Global Warriors in a non title bout. Askren has said he is considering retiring following the fulfillment of his contract with ONE Championship.
8) Johny Hendricks (tied 6)
Looking to rebound from his recent loss, Johny Hendricks will fight Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 200 in July. If Hendricks would like to stay in the title picture this is an important win for the former welterweight champion.
9) Neil Magny (N/A)
Neil Magny doesn’t have anything scheduled right now but is still riding momentum off a win over Hector Lombard. While he won’t be getting the next title shot he is probably very close after the win’s he racked up.
10) Andrey Koreshkov (N/A)
Stepping up in competition, Andrey Koreshkov successfully defended his title against Benson Henderson. This is his first former UFC fighter but it must also be remembered that Henderson is a lightweight.