Welterweight (156lbs. – 170lbs.)
1 Georges St. Pierre
Will Koscheck, the last man to win a round against him, be able to take his title?
2 Jon Fitch
22-3-0 (1 NC) UFC
He previously tied Royce Gracie’s then record of eight-straight UFC victories. Next, with a four-fight win streak, he’ll once again fight Alves.
3 Thiago Alves
Fitch stopped him in their first encounter. Has he improved enough to return the favor in their second encounter at UFC 117 on August 7th?
4 Josh Koscheck
Bigger upset: Koscheck beating St. Pierre or St. Pierre v. Koscheck 2 not doing huge business?
5 Martin Kampmann
Took a big step towards contention by beating Thiago at UFC 115 in June.
6 Paulo Thiago
Despite his loss to Kampmann, going 2-1 against the AKA trio is very impressive.
7 Dan Hardy
23-7-0 (1 NC) UFC
Despite be written off by nearly everyone, he took St. Pierre to a decision. His fight against Condit should be an explosive stand up battle.
8 Nick Diaz
22-7-0 (1 NC) Strikeforce
Ran through both Hayato Sakurai and Mariusz Zaromskis with ease. Does Strikeforce have a welterweight who can beat him?
9 Paul Daley
Will his lifetime ban from the UFC hold up once Strikeforce comes a-callin’?
10 Mike Swick
Still looking for that breakthrough victory in order to become a contender.
11 Carlos Condit
His come from behind victory over Rory MacDonald highlighted the value of experience in MMA.
12 Ben Askren
Remained undefeated by beating Dan Hornbuckle to win Bellator’s season 2 welterweight tournament.
On the brink: John Hathaway (UFC, 14-0-0), Chris Lytle(UFC, 29-17-5), Jay Hieron (Strikeforce, 19-4-0)