UFC Welterweight Division: Is It the Most Competitive in the UFC?

Colton WhittemoreCorrespondent IAugust 18, 2010

Georges St-Pierre, fighting to regain his title against Matt Serra.
Georges St-Pierre, fighting to regain his title against Matt Serra.

At UFC 117, the UFC welterweight division was at its finest. Former champion and Hall of Famer Matt Hughes, put tough veteran Ricardo Almeida to sleep with what can only be described as a headlock. A young up-and-comer, Rick Story, beat Dustin Hazelett to a pulp before finishing him in the second round.

Another up-and-comer, Johny Hendricks, has been labeled by many as the future champion of this division, and all signs seem to be pointing towards that. He is a top-notch wrestler, and he has shown he can beat his opponents in any way necessary.

The middle of the division is stacked as well. Chris Lytle and Matt Serra—who are set to lock horns at UFC 119—have shown that they have the skills to be competitive against anyone (excluding Georges St. Pierre).

Lytle is a former professional boxer, and he is no slouch as a grappler either, submitting the majority of his opponents. Most recently, he made Matt Brown tap out to a straight armbar, along with an inverted triangle choke.

Serra is another very well-rounded fighter. What he lacks in technique standing up, he makes up for with a lethal ground game.

Jake Ellenberger and John Howard are also two of the division's best young fighters, and they most recently fought at UFC on Versus 2, where Ellenberger made Howard's face look like it had a tumor. Jake Ellenberger is one of the best fighters in the UFC at finishing fights, with 15 KO's and three submissions.

The top of the UFC welterweight division is possibly one of the most talent-congested in MMA. Carlos Condit, Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy, Mike Swick, and Paulo Thiago make up the outside of the title picture, while fighters such as Martin Kampmann, Jake Shields, Thiago Alves, Josh Koscheck, and Jon Fitch make up the top contenders.

And then of course, we have the champ: Georges St. Pierre.

GSP is considered by some to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport. GSP is one of the most well-rounded fighters in MMA. He can out-wrestle the best wrestler and trade with the most deadly of strikers.

The welterweight division is stacked from top to bottom, and that should make it much more fun to watch in the coming months.