With the possible exception of the lightweight division, the list of contenders in the UFC's welterweight division runs deeper than at any other weight. While it was supposed to produce a new top contender, UFC 127 only clouded the welterweight title picture even further.
Prior to the event, Dana White announced that the winner of the main event fight between Jon Fitch and B.J. Penn would receive a title shot. However, the fight ended up being decided by a draw, which left many questioning what would be next for both fighters.
Also on the main card of UFC 127, Chris Lytle was expected to pick up an easy win against late replacement Brian Ebersole. However, Ebersole pulled off a huge upset in his UFC debut and may have become a possible contender himself.
Note - Fighters who have been inactive for more than one year (ex: Mike Swick and Anthony Johnson) are not included in these rankings.