UFC 141 Results: Ranking the Top 10 Welterweights in the UFC
I don't think anyone was expecting that it would be Jon Fitch who went to sleep during his fight.
In just 12 seconds, Johny Hendricks made a name for himself by knocking out the man who many considered to be the No. 2 welterweight in the world.
With the win, Hendricks has made his jump to the top 10 welterweights in the UFC and definitely top 10 welterweights in the world.
No. 10: Rory MacDonald
Rory MacDonald could be the future of MMA.
But for now, he's on the lower end of the top 10 welterweights in the UFC.
MacDonald is 12-1 in MMA, currently on a two-fight win streak with wins over Nate Diaz and Mike Pyle. MacDonald's lone loss was an incredibly close fight against Carlos Condit, which you can be sure he wants to avenge.
His next fight was going to be against Brian Ebersole at UFC 140, but he was forced out with an injury.
No. 9: Diego Sanchez
Diego Sanchez is 2-1 in his return to the welterweight division and has won two in a row, both of which earned Fight of the Night honors.
Sanchez' last two fights have both been unanimous decision victories over Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann, who are both formidable fighters.
Diego will now face Jake Ellenberger at UFC on Fuel TV 1 in February.
No. 8: Jon Fitch
It has finally happened. Jon Fitch is not the No. 2 welterweight in the world.
In Fitch's last fight, he was knocked out in just 12 seconds by Johny Hendricks. It was a huge upset and the first time that a Fitch fight has not gone the distance since 2007.
Fitch has long been looking for a title shot. Before it was not even a question of who the No. 2 welterweight was, but now, finally, he doesn't have the top claim to a title shot.
No. 7: Johny Hendricks
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With the win on Friday night, Hendricks announced himself to the division as a threat to anyone—even Jon Fitch.
Hendricks knocked Fitch out in a mere 12 seconds and put the division on alert.
Next up for Hendricks will probably be another fight with another top guy in the division. Someone like the winner of the Jake Ellenberger-Diego Sanchez matchup would be a good fight.
No. 6: Jake Shields
Jake Shields is currently on a two-fight losing streak, but he is still one of the best fighters in the world today.
He made his UFC debut at UFC 121, where he earned a split decision victory over Martin Kampmann and earned a shot at the welterweight title.
He lost via unanimous decision to GSP, and then he was knocked out in under a minute by Jake Ellenberger.
Therefore, he drops down from the No. 3 spot and finds himself at No. 6.
No. 5: Jake Ellenberger
Here we have the man who knocked out Jake Shields: Jake Ellenberger.
In addition to his win over Shields, Ellenberger has also defeated Mike Pyle, John Howard and Carlos Eduardo Rocha.
Ellenberger was originally slated to fight Diego Sanchez at UFC 141, but Diego's hand injury has prevented that matchup from taking place.
Now, Ellenberger will fight Sanchez at the UFC's debut on Fuel TV in February.
No. 4: Carlos Condit
Carlos Condit is undoubtedly one of the best welterweights in the world. His wins over Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger look more and more impressive by the day.
He is now the No. 4 welterweight in the world and will face off against Nick Diaz for the interim title.
It's still unclear if the winner will have to defend the title or if their next fight will be against Georges St-Pierre.
No. 3: Josh Koscheck
At UFC 135, Josh Koscheck got back in the win column with a first-round knockout of a legend, Matt Hughes.
Koscheck had been out since his five-round unanimous decision loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 129.
When GSP was forced out of his fight with Carlos Condit, Koscheck was quick to step up, but he was not given the call and Condit was pulled from the card altogether.
Koscheck clearly just wants to get out there and fight, and you've got to respect that warrior spirit.
No. 2: Nick Diaz
Nick Diaz has proven it: He is a top welterweight and one of the best in the world.
On Saturday night, Diaz absolutely beat down Penn and handed him one of the worst losses of his career.
Not only that, but Diaz beat Penn, which Fitch, obviously, could not.
Now Diaz will fight Carlos Condit for the interim welterweight title.
No. 1: Georges St-Pierre
Georges St-Pierre is the clear No. 1 welterweight in the world, and if you don't believe me, just ask his six straight title defenses.
GSP is one of the best fighters in the world, but unfortunately, he'll be out for 10 months rehabbing a blown ACL.
In the meantime, Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit will fight for the interim welterweight title.