UFC on Fox 8 Results: Top 10 Welterweights in the UFC

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2013

UFC on Fox 8 Results: Top 10 Welterweights in the UFC

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    Following UFC on Fox 8 in Seattle, the welterweight division has offered a new possible top contender at 170 to kingpin Georges St. Pierre. Unfortunately for the participants, they are teammates from Tristar gym, as Rory MacDonald defeated Jake Ellenberger to earn that right.

    In addition to MacDonald winning at 170, Robbie Lawler continued his career resurrection with a destruction of Bobby Voelker. The former UFC prodigy launched a devastating head kick that earned him Knockout of the Night.

    Here are the top 10 welterweights in the UFC in the aftermath of UFC on Fox 8.

10. Jake Shields

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    Last Fight: decision win vs. Tyron Woodley

    Next Fight: N/A

    Criticize the man's body of work all you want, but there is no doubt Jake Shields is one of the best in the world. His combination of grinding clinch and heavy wrestling is frustrating to opponents and fans alike. 

    He is a former title challenger for a reason. He may not be winning any Fight of the Night bonuses anytime soon, but he will continue to get high-quality opponents until he consistently loses.

9. Robbie Lawler

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    Last Fight: knockout win vs. Bobby Voelker

    Next Fight: N/A

    Perhaps this writer is overrating Robbie Lawler right now, but until he shows a chink in his proverbial armor, he makes an appearance in the top 10.

    Lawler has sickening knockout power to go with his on-par wrestling ability. Sure, he's never going to be mistaken for Royce Gracie on the ground, but with his ability to end a fight in the blink of an eye, he is always one of the most dangerous men at 170. 

    After his dismantling of Bobby Voelker, he needs a step up in competition.

8. Tarec Saffiedine

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    Last Fight: decision win vs. Nate Marquardt

    Next Fight: N/A

    The man affectionately known as "Sponge" has yet to fight in a UFC cage, but he is still one of the best fighters at the weight class. 

    A kickboxer by trade, Tarec Saffiedine has become a well-rounded warrior in spending time with Team Quest and all the skilled wrestlers that train there. In turn, it has made him an undesirable opponent and a potential title challenger.

    Now it's time to prove his worth in a shark-infested UFC welterweight division.

7. Martin Kampmann

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    Last Fight: knockout loss vs. Johny Hendricks

    Next Fight: vs. Carlos Condit at UFC Fight Night in Indianapolis

    Great Dane Martin Kampmann has been on the shelf for a while, but he will return soon in a fight that could propel him back in the top five of the division.

    The well-rounded Kampmann probably wants to erase the memory (or lack of) of getting splattered by a vicious Johny Hendricks punching onslaught. He has a chance to do that by facing former adversary Carlos Condit, a man he beat earlier in their careers.


6. Demian Maia

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    Last Fight: decision win vs. Jon Fitch

    Next Fight: N/A

    Demian Maia was set to continue his ascent up the welterweight ladder at the upcoming UFC 163, but a Josh Koscheck injury ensures he must wait a bit longer for a fight.

    Dropping to 170 has been the best thing for Maia. The world-class submission fighter has dominated Dong Hyun Kim, Rick Story and Jon Fitch to surge toward the title.

    If he continues this rampage, he may find himself in a title fight. Hopefully this time, he won't get clowned like he did against Anderson Silva.

5. Jake Ellenberger

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    Last Fight: decision loss vs. Rory MacDonald

    Next Fight: N/A

    Jake Ellenberger did all the talking leading up to this weekend's showdown with Rory MacDonald. Unfortunately, he didn't do as much of the walking as his Canadian counterpart. 

    Ellenberger is still one of the best fighters in the worldhe just ran into a more well-rounded beast in MacDonald. His wrestling and massive power in his hands make him as dangerous as anybody at 170.

    Perhaps one day he'll put it all together and earn a title shot. Until then, he will need to get back in the win column and continue impressing. 

4. Rory MacDonald

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    Last Fight: decision win vs. Jake Ellenberger

    Next Fight: N/A

    It wasn't his most memorable performance, but in defeating Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald effectively threw his name in the title picture. That is, of course, if he is willing to fight teammate Georges St. Pierre (if he beats Johny Hendricks).

    MacDonald is part of the new breed of fighters flooding this sport with well-rounded skills. Not only is he good at almost everything, he is almost superior to anybody he fights in any facet of the game.

    The only reason he is ranked below Carlos Condit at this point is because he needs to earn a win over him in a rematch or beat somebody ranked higher than the Greg Jackson disciple. 

3. Carlos Condit

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    Last Fight: decision loss vs. Johny Hendricks

    Next Fight: vs. Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night in Indianapolis

    Carlos Condit has an exciting skill set and style. He is aggressive on the feet because he is confident off his back and has knockout power in his hands, feet and knees.

    He is not a two-fight skid, but that is because he lost to the top two fighters in the world at 170. Other than that, he has looked incredible in the buildup to the aforementioned skid, knocking out guys like Dong Hyun Kim and Dan Hardy along the way.

    His rematch against Martin Kampmann will allow him to possibly earn closure to a fight that haunted his early UFC career.

2. Johny Hendricks

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    Last Fight: decision win vs. Carlos Condit

    Next Fight: vs. Georges St. Pierre at UFC 167

    The bearded power-punching wrestler that is Johny Hendricks comes in at No. 2 for a reason: murder via knockout.

    Hendricks has been knocking everyone out lately. He has been using his wrestling sparingly, and that is the best part of his MMA game.

    He gets a shot at the title at UFC 167. If he can go nuclear on Georges St. Pierre's chin, he will own gold (that's a big if, though).

1. Georges St. Pierre

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    Last Fight: decision win vs. Nick Diaz

    Next Fight: vs. Johny Hendricks at UFC 167

    The reigning, defending, undisputed UFC Welterweight Champion comes in at No. 1 (obviously). Of course, that man is Canadian terror Georges St. Pierre.

    His MMA-based wrestling is second to none in the sport. It is a proven formula that has dominated the competition for years.

    He has good standup, but he rarely needs to use it. His top game is so suffocating that it literally controls the entire 25 minutes he performs.

    Next up is Johny Hendricks. Should he get by the American, he could face countryman and teammate Rory MacDonald in what could be a master-protege battle.