Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.
|1||Georges St. Pierre||350||UFC||1|
|10||Paul Daley||204||Impact FC/Shark Fights||10|
|14||Jay Hieron||130||Free Agent||13|
Not a lot of action in MMA's toughest division in July. But August will change that when #2 Jon Fitch finally gets to rematch #3 Thiago Alves at UFC 117.
That bout is likely for a title shot, although the winner will have to wait until 2011 because #1 Georges St Pierre and #4 Josh Koscheck are busy coaching The Ultimate Fighter and won't meet until the end of the year.
#5 Nick Diaz, Strikeforce champ and the top ranked welterweight outside the UFC is currently serving out his suspension for his role in the post fight brawl at the last CBS Strikeforce show. He's currently cooking up a YouTube feud with middleweight Jason "Mayhem" Miller that may or may not come to anything.
#6 Dan Hardy looks to get back to the top against #15 Carlos Condit at UFC 120.
#7 Martin Kampmann will welcome #11 Jake Shields to the UFC and back to the 170lb division at UFC 121. The winner is likely to be fast tracked to a title shot.
#9 Matt Hughes and #20 Ricardo Almeida will face off at UFC 117. Win or lose, Hughes is on the senior circuit and won't be challenging GSP anytime soon. If Almeida wins, he could very well find himself in the hunt.
#10 Paul "Semtex: Daley racked up a win in Australia at Impact FC: The Uprising Sydney. He'll fight again on September 11 for Texas-based Shark Fights. That is IF the Canadian authorities ever decide whether or not to suspend him for punching Josh Koscheck post-fight at UFC 113.