~ (1)Georges St. Pierre (24-2) ~
Since winning the interim UFC welterweight champion at UFC 79 by defeating Matt Hughes via submission (armbar), GSP made it official when he crushed Matt Serra at UFC 83 winning via TKO (knee’s to the body). He has successfully defended his title 8x. GSP will always be remembered as the most dominate welterweight of all time taking that title from Hughes and securing himself in the UFC hall of fame someday.
~ (2)Johnny Hendricks (15-1) ~
Winning the last 6 bouts, Hendricks is finally secured in the UFC as the number one contender spot in the welterweight division. He will face long time champion Georges St. Pierre who is considered the greatest welterweight of all time. Tune in to see if Hendricks can dethrone the king of the division.
~ (3)Carlos Condit (28-7) ~
Many consider Condit to be a total package and prime example of a true mixed martial artist. In his last outing, he fell short to Johny Hendricks. Taking some time off and going back to the drawing board, many interesting re-matches and fights are ahead of the young fighter.
~ (4)Nick Diaz (26-9, 1 NC) ~
The Stockton bad boy lost in his title shot against Georges St. Pierre. He has expressed thoughts of retiring from the sport and pursing other interest. Many interesting matches are left for the young welterweight.
~ (5)Rory McDonald (14-1) ~
The future of this weight class and sport could possibly rest on the shoulder of this fighter. Training in pure MMA since his youth, he is great from many angles of the sport, not being pure in any aspect but sharing his talent equally in all facets. McDonald would love to get his rematch with Condit which seems very likely in the near future.
~ (6)Ben Askren (11-0) ~
Former amateur and Olympic team wrestler, Askren made the switch to MMA and now holds the welterweight title in Bellator. Many fans speculate this stand out wrestler will transition to the UFC one day.
~ (7)Damian Maia (18-4) ~
Since dropping down from middleweight, the Brazilian has went 3-0, besting John Fitch in his last welterweight performance. Maia is most likely a win or two away from being the number one contender in the UFC welterweight division.
~ (8)Jake Ellenberger (29-6) ~
After his loss to Martin Kampmann, Ellenberger has gone 2-0 looking very dominant. In his last outing, he faced Nate Marquardt and finished the bout KO (punches). At one point he handed Carlos Condit a loss and a rematch between the two could happen.
~ (9)Jon Fitch (24-5-1, 1 NC) ~
Exiting the UFC and joining the WSOF, the Purdue wrestler will face former UFC fighter Josh Burkman at WSOF 3 June 14, 2013.
~ (10)Martin Kampmann (20-6) ~
Winning three in a row and losing to Johny Hendricks, the Denmark native will look to get back to his winning ways and climb the welterweight division ladder in the UFC.