With Georges St-Pierre out of the welterweight picture, the division is wide open. The SB Nation MMA rankings panel decided to take a look at the 170-pound weight class in the wake of UFC 170, and we're surprisingly on the same page with the top guys. After that? Not so much.
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. Here's the usual fancy chart:
(Scoring: Fighters are given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for a second, etc., down to one point for 10th place. The results are then tallied up and presented here. Official SB Nation rankings policy: Fighters under commission suspension are ineligible to be ranked during the duration of their suspension or if they have licensing issues. At the moment, this does not affect any fighters generally considered in the discussion for a top 10 welterweight spot.)
Johny Hendricks unanimously holds down the number one spot after his controversial loss to GSP at UFC 167. Carlos Condit holds down the two spot unamimously, with Robbie Lawler sitting at three. Rory MacDonald's win over Demian Maia at UFC 170 cemented himself into the four spot.
Jake Ellenberger sits in the five spot, barely ahead of Jake Shields. Maia is in the seven spot, with Matt Brown at eight. Tarec Saffiedine claimed the nine spot despite only appears on half of the panelists' rankings. And One FC fighter Ben Askren rounded out the top ten with votes from four panelists.
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