Power Ranking Rick Story and the 8 Best Chins in the Welterweight Division
The welterweight division can sometimes be the home of some of the most competitive fights the UFC has to offer.
This can be attributed to the deep wrestling base that many of the fighters in the division have, making them some of the toughest fighters to finish with the most grueling styles of fighting.
UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre has a hard time finishing many of his opponents, and it's the same for many of the other fighters ranked throughout the division.
This is a list ranking the top eight chins in the welterweight division, some of which could even be top 10 throughout the entire sport.
Notable Mention: Jake Shields
Jake Shields demonstrated his ability to absorb a knockout shot when he defended his Strikeforce Middleweight Championship against Dan Henderson in 2010. He took one of the current Strikeforce Light—Heavyweight Champion's "H—Bombs" in the opening seconds of the bout and still managed to recover.
He rebounded from the knockout shot to dominate Henderson for four rounds before winning a unanimous decision.
Shields later fought St. Pierre for the welterweight championship but lost a unanimous decision over five rounds.
No. 8 Martin Kampmann
Martin "Hitman" Kampmann has faced some of the most powerful strikers in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions.
He took on the very dangerous Drew McFederies in one of 2007's best bouts and demonstrated just how solid his chin is. He took bombs from McFederies and came back to submit him late in the first round.
He later showed off his chin a little too much in his fight with Paul "Semtex" Daley at UFC 103, getting stopped in the first round but was still standing when the fight was waved off.
No. 7: Nick Diaz
Nick Diaz is confident in his skills, but he is even more confident in his chin.
He dove into the fire against Paul Daley in his most recent Strikeforce bout, and traded power shots with the devastating knockout-puncher.
Diaz was dropped several times in the bout but returned to drop and stop Daley at the end of the round, earning him the TKO victory.
His next bout will come against UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre.
No. 6: Diego Sanchez
Former lightweight title challenger Diego Sanchez has put his chin on display more than once, and it is certainly one of the best in the division
In fights with John Hathaway and Martin Kampmann, Sanchez showed off his chin and heart and went the distance with both.
He lost the Hathaway bout but won the fight with Kampmann. Bloodied and bruised but not beaten, Sanchez is always in the fight and survived the technical and accurate striking of the "Hitman" to win a close decision.
His next fight will be against former champion and Hall—of—Famer Matt Hughes at UFC 135.
No. 5: Rick Story
Rick Story is one of UFC's top welterweights, and he has the chin and determination to take him to the top of the division. His next fight will come against Nate "The Great" Marquardt at UFC Live on Versus, June 26, 2011.
He defeated Thiago Alves at UFC 130, and he can credit his rock—solid chin for making it through the dangerous Muay Thai striking of Alves.
Since his UFC debut, which he lost to John Hathaway, he has gone 6—0, defeating fighters like Alves, Johny Hendricks, and Dustin Hazelett. He also had a tough fight versus Brian Foster, which earned him Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night bonuses.
No. 4: Carlos Condit
Carlos Condit's chin was tested in his fight with hard-punching Jake Ellenberger, who has 16 knockouts out of 25 wins and is arguably the strongest puncher in the division.
Ellenberger destroyed Mike Pyle, John Howard, and Sean Pierson, but he couldn't stop the former WEC champion even though he landed blow after blow in the first round, dropping Condit more than once. Condit rallied in the second and third rounds to win a split decision.
With five losses on his record, none have come by knockout. His 3—1 record inside the UFC includes wins over Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald, and Dan Hardy.
Condit's next bout will be against Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 132.
No. 3: Jon Fitch
Anyone who is considered a "grinder" like Jon Fitch is needs to have a good chin, and he does. In his last nine bouts he has gone 20 rounds, and was only dropped once in his title fight with Georges St. Pierre.
He took the champion the distance but lost a unanimous decision. It was a dominant win for the pound—for—pound champ, and Fitch was forced to go back and rebuild his winning streak. Tough fights with Mike Pierce and BJ Penn followed.
No. 2: BJ Penn
Former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion BJ "The Prodigy" Penn has only been finished twice in his career.
With a 16—7—2 record, Penn has fought nobody but the best fighters in the world since the beginning of his career, including Georges St. Pierre, Matt Hughes, Frankie Edgar, Lyoto Machida, and Jon Fitch.
It would be hard to find anytime that Penn had ever been rocked by a punch. He has taken a fair amount of punishment in fights with St. Pierre and Hughes, but he was never close to being knocked out. He was stopped in his second fight with both.
No. 1: Chris Lytle
With 18 losses on his record, many would expect Chris Lytle to have a few knockout losses here and there. He actually has none other than two by cut stoppage. He also has never been submitted. Sixteen of his losses are by decision.
Lytle has rarely been rocked, and he showed off how good his chin is in bouts with Joe Riggs, Paul Taylor, Brian Ebersole, Marcus Davis, and Thiago Alves.
He has been the winner of five Fight of the Night awards, one Knockout of the Night award, and two Submission of the Night awards.