USAT/SBN July 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Welterweight

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

Rank Fighter Points Promotion Last Rank
1 Georges St. Pierre 350 UFC 1
2 Jon Fitch 333 UFC 2
3 Thiago Alves 318 UFC 3
4 Josh Koscheck 298 UFC 4
5 Nick Diaz 273 Strikeforce 5
6 Dan Hardy 268 UFC 6
7 Martin Kampmann 264 UFC 7
8 Paulo Thiago 220 UFC 9
9 Matt Hughes 211 UFC 8
10 Paul Daley 204 Impact FC/Shark Fights 10
11 Jake Shields 178 UFC 11
12 Mike Swick 152 UFC 14
13 Matt Serra 146 UFC 12
14 Jay Hieron 130 Free Agent 13
15 Carlos Condit 122 UFC 15
16 Ben Askren 94 Bellator 17
17 John Hathaway 88 UFC 16
18 Anthony Johnson 74 UFC 18
19 Mike Pierce 63 UFC 19
20 Ricardo Almeida 61 UFC 22
21 Akihiro Gono 55 WVR 21
22 Dan Hornbuckle 53 Bellator 20
23 Jake Ellenberger 51 UFC 23
24 Chris Lytle 43 UFC NR
24 Evangelista Santos 43 Strikeforce 25

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.

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