Sorting Out the UFC Welterweight Division Heading into 2010

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Sorting Out the UFC Welterweight Division Heading into 2010

Yesterday we took a look at the state of the UFC's lightweight division. Today we will do so for the welterweight division.

At the top of the mountain, things are similar given that we have a title holder who appears unsolvable. As long as George St-Pierre continues to reign down terror with his blitzkrieg of takedowns, it seems not a soul stands a chance.

Each division has their own dynamic so the welterweight division does not fit into the same box that the lightweight division did. With that said, to get a better grip on the state of affairs at 170 pounds, let’s break down the division into easier-to-digest categories.


George St-Pierre (13-2) and his rule at 170 appears to have no end in sight. He seized the crown from former kingpin Matt Hughes, rendering the future hall-of-famer futile in the process.

St-Pierre went on to deconstruct fighters considered elite competition in Jon Fitch, B.J. Penn, and Thiago Alves. Now St-Pierre is left to take on a brash young Brit in Dan Hardy who has declared he will successfully implement the “Matt Serra” strategy.

If St-Pierre thwarts Hardy's attempted coup, the line of contenders waiting to "defy the odds" will be filled primarily by contenders already battered and bruised.

St-Pierre recently confirmed he is adding muscle to his frame and that it will become increasingly difficult to make the cut to 170, perhaps paving the road to a superfight with Anderson Silva in 2010.

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