The Rankings: The Welterweights: Jan 25, 2013

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The Rankings are just that – The MMA Manifesto's rankings of the best fighters in mixed martial arts today.  Check back every Monday and Friday for our rankings of a different weight class.  Next up: The Welterweights. 

Voting Panel: Jeff Fox – The MMA Manifesto, speeds – Sports Two MMA Forum, Dave Kelsey – 2011 MMA Manifesto Pick 'Em Contest Champion, Sanford & Son – old school MMA head and Slavoj Žižek zealot, Daniel Vreeland from The MMA Manifesto and PrelimPickerand MMA journalist (FIGHT!, UFC.com, Keyboard Kimura) E. Spencer Kyte. 

*new stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended or 2) inactive for at least 12 months (without an upcoming fight scheduled) are excluded from the rankings

 

*CLICK ON FIGHTER'S NAME FOR DETAILED SCOUTING REPORT


1) (Last Ranking – 1) Georges St-Pierre – UFC Welterweight Champion – 60 points

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Record: 23-2
Last Five Fights: 5-0
Record vs Top 10: 4-0 (W-Condit, W-Koscheck, W-Fitch, W-Koscheck)
Next Fight: vs Nick Diaz – UFC 158 – Mar 16th

GSP asked for and has received a matchup with Nick Diaz next spring.

2) (2) Johny Hendricks – UFC – 52 points
           Record: 14-1
           Last Five Fights: 5-1 
           Record vs Top 10: 3-0 (W-Kampmann, W-Koscheck, W-Fitch)    
           Next Fight: vs #7 Jake Ellenberger – UFC 158 – Mar 16th

And The Legend of the Beard continues to grow.

 

3) (3) Carlos Condit – UFC – 49 points          
           Record: 28-6
           Last Five Fights: 4-1
           Record vs Top 10: 2-1 (L-St-Pierre,W-MacDonald, W-Ellenberger)
           Next Fight: vs #5 Rory MacDonald – UFC 158 – Mar 16th

He was up for the challenge, but The Natural Born Killer wasn't able to dethrone the king.

 

4) (4) Jon Fitch – UFC – 37 points 
           Record: 24-4-1 (1 No Contest)
           Last Five Fights: 3-1-1
           Record vs Top 10: 0-2 (L-Hendricks, L-St-Pierre)
           Next Fight: vs #9 Demian Maia – UFC 156 – Feb 2nd

Jon Fitch made a very impressive return to the Octagon, slaying Erick Silva in his native Brazil.

 

5) (tied) (5) Martin Kampmann – UFC – 31 points

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Record: 20-6
Last Five Fights: 3-2
Record vs Top 10: 2-1 (L-Hendricks, W-Ellenberger, W-Condit) 
Next Fight: TBA

Hitman decided to test his chin versus Johny Hendricks's left hand.  The chin lost.

 

5) (tied) (6) Rory MacDonald – UFC – 31 points 
                     Record: 14-1
                     Last Five Fights: 4-1
                     Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Condit)
                     Next Fight: vs #3 Carlos Condit – UFC 158 – Mar 16th

Rory MacDonald will get a chance to avenge his only loss at UFC 158.

 

7) (7) Jake Ellenberger – UFC – 27 points 
          Record:
28-6
          Last Five Fights: 4-1
          Record vs Top 10: 0-2 (L-Kampmann, L-Condit)
          Next Fight: vs #2 Johny Hendricks – UFC 158 – Mar 16th

Jake Ellenberger's meteoric rise to the top of the welterweight division was harshly halted by a Martin Kampmann knee.

 

8) (8) Josh Koscheck – UFC – 20 points 
          Record: 
17-6
          Last Five Fights: 3-2 
          Record vs Top 10: 0-3 (L-Hendricks, L-St-Pierre, L-St-Pierre)
          Next Fight: vs Robbie Lawler – UFC 157 – Feb 23rd

Josh Koscheck will welcome Robbie Lawler back to the UFC in February.

 

9) (9) Demian Maia – UFC – 12 points
           Record: 17-4
           Last Five Fights: 3-2
           Record vs Top 10: 0-0
           Next Fight: vs #4 Jon Fitch – UFC 156 – Feb 2nd

Two up, two down for Demian Maia in the UFC's 170-pound division.


 
10) (10) Ben Askren – Bellator Welterweight Champion – 9 points 
               Record: 11-0
               Last Five Fights: 5-0
               Record vs Top 10: 0-0
               Next Fight: TBA

The Funky One ground another opponent to death.

 

Bubbling under: Tarec Saffiedine
 

 

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