The Rankings: The Welterweights: Jan 24, 2014

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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 & 2013 MMA Manifesto Pick 'Em Contest Champion, and Daniel Vreeland from The MMA Manifesto and PrelimPicker.

*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 - 40 points (out of a possible 40)

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Record: 25-2
Last Five Fights: 5-0
Record vs Top 10: 4-0 (W-Hendricks, W-Diaz, W-Condit, W-Shields)
Next Fight: TBA

Have we seen the last of GSP in the Octagon?

2) (2) Johny Hendricks - UFC – 36 points
           Record: 15-2
           Last Five Fights: 4-1 
           Record vs Top 10: 2-1 (L-St-Pierre, W-Condit, W-Kampmann)    
           Next Fight: vs #5 Robbie Lawler – UFC 171 – Mar 15th

The Beard lost by a whisker.
 

3) (3) Carlos Condit - UFC – 32 points          
           Record: 29-7
           Last Five Fights: 3-2
           Record vs Top 10: 4-3 (W-Kampmann, L-Hendricks, L-St-Pierre, W-Diaz, W-MacDonald, W-Ellenberger, L-Shields)
           Next Fight: vs Tyron Woodley - UFC 171 – Mar 15th

Carlos Condit finally ended his two-fight (and year-and-a-half) losing streak.

 

4) (4) Rory MacDonald - UFC - 19 points 
           Record: 15-2
           Last Five Fights: 4-1
           Record vs Top 10: 1-2 (L-Lawler, W-Ellenberger, L-Condit)
           Next Fight: vs #7 Demian Maia – UFC 170 – Feb 22nd

The Rory MacDonald hype train has been derailed.

5) (5) Robbie Lawler  - UFC – 18 points 
           Record: 22-9 (1 No Contest)
           Last Five Fights: 4-1
           Record vs Top 10: 1-2 (W-MacDonald, L-Shields, L-Diaz,)
           Next Fight: vs #2 Johny Hendricks - UFC 171 – Mar 15th

Ladies and gentlemen – we have a new contender in the welterweight division.

 

6) (6) Nick Diaz – UFC – 15 points 
           Record: 26-9 (1 No Contest)
           Last Five Fights: 3-2
           Record vs Top 10: 1-2 (L-St-Pierre, L-Condit, W-Lawler)
           Next Fight: TBA

Nick Diaz hasn't won a fight since 2011.

 

7) (tied) (7) Ben Askren – ONE FC – 12 points
                     Record: 12-0
                     Last Five Fights: 5-0 
                     Record vs Top 10: 0-0
                     Next Fight: TBA

The Funky One will have to ply his trade overseas now.

 

7) (tied) (7) Demian Maia - UFC – 12 points
                     Record: 18-5
                     Last Five Fights: 3-2
                     Record vs Top 10: 0-1 (L-Shields) 
                     Next Fight: vs #4 Rory MacDonald - UFC 170 – Feb 22nd

The runaway train in the welterweight division known as Demian Maia was finally stopped.

 

9) (9) Jake Ellenberger - UFC – 11 points 
           Record: 
29-7
           Last Five Fights: 3-2
           Record vs Top 10: 1-3 (W-Shields, L-MacDonald, L-Kampmann, L-Condit)
           Next Fight: TBA 

Jake Ellenberger won't be headlining the first UFC card in Singapore early next year – he withdrew due to injury.

 

10) (tied) (10) Jake Shields - UFC – 9 points
                          Record: 29-6-1 (1 NC)
                          Last Five Fights: 3-1 (1 NC)
                          Record vs Top 10: 4-2 (W-Maia, L-Ellenberger, L-St-Pierre, W-Kampmann, W-Lawler, W-Condit) 
                          Next Fight: vs Hector Lombard – UFC 171 – Mar 15th

A win over Demian Maia has Jake Shields back in the mix at welterweight.  

 

10) (tied) (10) Martin Kampmann - UFC – 9 points


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Record: 20-7
Last Five Fights: 3-2
Record vs Top 10: 2-3 (L-Condit, L-Hendricks, W-Ellenberger, L-Shields, W-Condit) 
Next Fight: TBA

Hitman is on a two-fight skid now.

 

Bubbling under: Tyron Woodley, Matt Brown, Rousimar Palhares 


 

Rankings:

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