USAT/SBN February 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Welterweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Georges St. Pierre 100 UFC 1
2 Jon Fitch 96 UFC 2
3 Thiago Alves 92 UFC 3
4 Josh Koscheck 85 UFC 4
5 Paulo Thiago 80 UFC 9
5 Dan Hardy 80 UFC 5
7 Paul Daley 70 UFC 6
8 Nick Diaz 69 Strikeforce 15
9 Matt Hughes 58 UFC 7
10 Martin Kampmann 55 UFC 10
11 Mike Swick 49 UFC 8
12 Carlos Condit 40 UFC 11
13 Jay Hieron 37 Strikeforce 13
14 Matt Serra 37 UFC 22
15 Jake Shields 36 Strikeforce 14
16 Dan Hornbuckle 33 WVR 16
17 Marius Zaromskis 32 DREAM/Strikeforce 12
18 Akihiro Gono 30 K-1 20
19 Anthony Johnson 30 UFC 31
20 Mike Pierce 29 UFC 27
21 Jake Ellenberger 29 UFC 17
22 Karo Parisyan 28 UFC 18
23 Rory MacDonald 27 UFC 33
24 John Howard 27 UFC 20
25 Frank Trigg 27 UFC 25

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

#1 Georges St Pierre has had the welterweight division on lock down since he reclaimed his UFC title from #14 Matt Serra at UFC 83 in April 2008. He's only defended the title three times since then, but many feel he is on the verge of having cleaned out the division.

He'll be facing #5 Dan Hardy at UFC 111. Also on that card will be #2 Jon Fitch vs #3 Thiago Alves. The winner of that bout will take a huge step towards a rematch with GSP, but might very well have to go through #5 Paulo Thiago to get there. Thiago is hot after destroying #11 Mike Swick at UFC 109.

If Hardy beats GSP, the winner of Fitch/Alves will likely get the first bite at Hardy's title. Although in the event of Hardy winning a controversial decision over GSP, an immediate rematch could also happen.

Barring a Hardy upset, the winner of UFC 113's #4 Josh Koscheck vs #7 Paul Daley is very likely to get the next shot at GSP's title.

It's expected that Strikeforce champ #8 Nick Diaz will make his first title defense against Hayato Sakurai. This leaves #13 Jay Hieron out in the cold and he may be on his way out of the promotion as well.

#9 Matt Hughes will take on MMA legend Renzo Gracie at UFC 112 in Dubai. This is the definition of a great "senior league" match -- a compelling, evenly matched fight between two beloved veterans despite having no relevance to the title picture.

#10 Martin Kampmann had to pull out of his UFC 111 bout with Ben Saunders after sustaining a gruesome cut. Saunders will now take on Jake Ellenberger. #12 Carlos Condit is expected to face Rory Macdonald at UFC 115.

Based on the premise that all MMA rankings are subjective but that it’s still useful and informative to know who the online MMA community as a whole ranks as the best fighters in MMA, we collect and average the rankings of the top MMA websites to produce our consensus rankings.

We compile the top MMA rankings from each of our sources and award 25 points for a first place ranking, 16 for a 10th place ranking, 1 for a 25th place ranking. A formula is used to "normalize" the data so all fighters are awarded points from those lists that do not include a full 25 fighters. This formula ensures that each ranking site awards the same number of total points regardless of how many fighters they choose to rank. Each fighter’s total is divided by the number of possible points to determine their standing in the Consensus Rankings.

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