Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sp
Johny Hendricks nearly ended Georges St-Pierre's long reign over the welterweight division on Saturday.
However, a controversial decision left Hendricks with nothing more than a loss that was hard to swallow. Now, he will have to wait with everyone else and find out whether or not he'll be meeting St-Pierre in a rematch sooner or later.
Also on the UFC 167 main card, Robbie Lawler became one of the welterweight division's top contenders with an upset win over Rory MacDonald.
No elite 170-pounders will compete at the TUF 18 Finale. However, an important bout between Carlos Condit and Matt Brown approaches.
Official UFC Welterweight Rankings
Champion: Georges St-Pierre
- Johny Hendricks
- Carlos Condit
- Robbie Lawler (+7)
- Rory MacDonald (-1)
- Jake Ellenberger (-1)
- Demian Maia (-1)
- Jake Shields
- Matt Brown
- Martin Kampmann (-3)
- Nick Diaz (-1)
Behind Hendricks and Condit, Lawler has been the most impressive welterweight on the UFC roster in 2013. With the Strikeforce veteran only being three fights into his UFC return, the rankings panel had a reason to be cautious about moving him upward so quickly. Instead, he leapfrogged several contenders by beating MacDonald, and that was the right call.
They may be headed in opposite directions, but Martin Kampmann still deserves to be ranked above Matt Brown. Kampmann has lost two in a row since beating Jake Ellenberger, but those losses came against the top two welterweight contenders, Hendricks and Condit. Brown may be riding a long winning streak, but he still hasn't beaten a Top 10 welterweight like Kampmann has.
Results and Upcoming Fights
UFC 167 Welterweight Fights
- (C) Georges St-Pierre defeated No. 1 Johny Hendricks by split decision.
- No. 3 Robbie Lawler defeated No. 4 Rory MacDonald by split decision.
- Tyron Woodley defeated Josh Koscheck by (T)KO in the second round.
- Rick Story defeated Brian Ebersole by unanimous decision.
- Jason High defeated Anthony Lapsley by unanimous decision.
TUF 18 Finale Welterweight Fights
- Sergio Moraes vs. Sean Spencer