SB Nation rankings: Welterweight

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sp

A look at how the SB Nation rankings panel sees the welterweight division in the wake of UFC 167.

The UFC's welterweight division was majorly shook up by the events of UFC 167, to the point that we don't have a unanimous number one anymore in the SB Nation rankings. Georges St-Pierre picked up a controversial split decision win over Johny Hendricks to retain his title, but one panelist believes that Hendricks is the rightful number one. Who was it? Check it out below.

As usual, our panel consists of two members from each of the three SB Nation MMA sites - Ariel Helwani and Dave Doyle from MMA Fighting; Thomas Myers and Alex Giardini from MMA Mania; and finally, Dallas Winston and yours truly from Bloody Elbow.


(Official SB Nation rankings policy: Fighters under commission or company suspensions are ineligible to be ranked during the duration of their suspension or if they have licensing issues. At the moment, this does not currently affect any welterweight fighters generally considered to be Top-10 caliber).

St-Pierre is still in the number one spot despite not getting the unanimous vote. Hendricks is obviously number two. All six of us were in agreement that Carlos Condit sits in the three spot, and five out of the six of us had Robbie Lawler at number four (one panelist had Ben Askren at four instead). Rounding out the top five is Rory MacDonald, who lost to Lawler last Saturday.

Six and seven see the two Jakes - Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger. Shields rose up from being unranked because of his win over Demian Maia a couple of months ago. Martin Kampmann sits in the eight spot. Maia holds down the nine spot, while Matt Brown maintains his spot at number 10. Askren barely missed being ranked, while Tyron Woodley also received a vote.

Upcoming matchups for ranked fighters

Carlos Condit (3) vs. Matt Brown (10) - UFC on Fox 9, December 14th

Jake Ellenberger (7) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (NR) - UFC Fight Night 34, January 4th

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