With the mini welterweight tournament wrapped up after UFC 158, Georges St Pierre is still crushing it at the top of the mountain. Sure he’s been simply out pointing the opposition since 2009, and vicariously has lost the reputation of a brutal finisher, he once had.
But look at his record. He’s been outpointing the best fighters in the world since 2004, only dropping losses to Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, which he dominantly defended, in brutal fashion at that.
Now the division has been more talented and exciting than ever before, and still the champ doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Since coming off injury, he’s added Carlos Conditt and Nick Diaz to the hit list, and may be adding Johny Hendricks to the list soon.
If he can get past Hendricks and his protégé in Rory Macdonald still refuses to fight him, all that’s probably left at this point will be a superfight with Anderson Silva. Of course people groan about that subject, so for the sake of this rankings list, I digress.
(1)Johny Hendricks has been the undisputed number one contender since before GSP declared Diaz was top guy in the division. Now he’s probably going to get his shot at the champ, and with the way he’s been skidding people across the canvas in to the cage with that big left hook of his, he’s got a better chance than most to take the belt from GSP.
(2)Carlos Conditt almost KO’d GSP and barely lost a decision to Johny Hendricks. At 0-2 he’s definitely still deserving of his number two position in the division. Whoever he fights next will have a hard fight in front of him. With the way Conditt lost his last two fights, he could still very well earn another title shot in the near future.
(3)Rory Macdonald has been an extremely hyped commodity among the welterweights for a while now. He’s 5-1 in the UFC, and if the early stoppage against Carlos Conditt hadn’t happened (and yes it was an early stoppage), he would be undefeated and undoubtedly an easy choice for a title shot. Of course he’s going to turn down one against his mentor and long time training partner if it’s offered.
(4)Jake Ellenberger would probably have earned his title shot by now if he had finished Kampmann in the first round, as opposed to Kampann surviving to KO Ellenberger with knees in the third. But he’s still relevant, and with a big win over long time top contender Nat Marquardt, he’s knocking on the door to a title shot himself.
(5)Demian Maia is tearing it up at 3-0 in the welterweight division. His neck crank on Rick Story that squirted blood through Story’s nose all over the canvas, and the way he out-fitched Jon Fitch, solidifies Maia’s place among the top five welterweights in the world. He’s is a serious threat to any of the fighters listed above him on in the rankings and is quietly becoming a top contender after he had done the same a couple years ago at middleweight.
(9) Josh Koschek
(10) Jon Fitch