MMA Planet’s Welterweight Rankings (January 2011)

Welterweight

1. Georges St. Pierre
2. Jake Shields
3. Jon Fitch
4. Josh Koscheck
5. Thiago Alves
6. B.J. Penn
7. Nick Diaz
8. Carlos Condit
9. Matt Hughes
10. Diego Sanchez
11. Chris Lytle
12. Dan Hardy
13. Jay Hieron
14. Paul Daley
15. Martin Kampmann
16. Paulo Thiago
17. Mike Swick
18. Matt Serra
19. Dong Hyun Kim
20. Mike Pyle
21. Nate Diaz
22. Ben Askren
23. Ricardo Almeida
24. Jake Ellenberger
25. John Hathaway

There was very little action in the top 25 among the welterweights. We did swap the rankings of Dong Hyun Kim and Nate Diaz based on Kim’s win over Diaz at UFC 125.

Just outside the top 25 are Rick Story, Mike Pierce, Anthony Johnson, Tyron Woodley and Brian Foster.

Goerges St. Pierre appear to be set to take on #2 ranked Jake Shields in April.  #3 Jon Fitch will take on #6 B.J. Penn at UFC 127 in February.   At the same event #8 Carlos Condit will fight #11 Chris Lytle.  #7 ranked Nick Diaz will fight unranked Evangelista Santos this month.

In the rankings breakdown the UFC has an overwhelming control of the talent in this division with 22 of the top 25 and many more of the fighters who are on the edge of being ranked.  Bellator has 2 top 25 fighters (Hieron & Askren), while Strikeforce only has one top 25 fighter (Diaz).

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