Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sp
With Sean Spencer picking up the only welterweight win at the TUF 18 Finale, one would think no changes would be made to the welterweight rankings.
Instead, the Top 10 saw multiple alterations. In a baffling move, Rory MacDonald moved ahead of Robbie Lawler and into the No. 3 position, while Martin Kampmann surpassed Matt Brown.
UFC Fight Night 33 shouldn't directly result in any changes, with Alex Garcia and Ben Wall battling in the only welterweight matchup.
Official UFC Welterweight Rankings
Champion: Georges St-Pierre
- Johny Hendricks
- Carlos Condit
- Rory MacDonald (+1)
- Robbie Lawler (-1)
- Jake Ellenberger
- Demian Maia
- Jake Shields
- Martin Kampmann (+1)
Matt Brown (-1)
- Nick Diaz
They may be headed in opposite directions, but Martin Kampmann 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.
There are bad calls, and then there's moving Rory MacDonald ahead of Robbie Lawler less than one month after the Canadian lost to the Strikeforce veteran. There's just no defending this decision from the rankings panel.
Results and Upcoming Fights
TUF 18 Finale Welterweight Fights
- Sean Spencer defeated Drew Dober by unanimous decision.
UFC Fight Night 33 Welterweight Fights