There is one thing we know for certain about the welterweight division: Georges St-Pierre is the title holder and he doesn’t give the impression of being ready to relinquish his belt anytime soon; be it by defeat or by vacating for the middleweight division.
We also know that he is defending his belt against Nick Diaz on October 29 at UFC 137…and that he will be a huge betting favorite to retain said belt.
Beyond that, the title mix is a bit muddled.
Sometimes it is easy to keep up with who will be receiving subsequent divisional title shots and at other times not so much.
Under normal circumstances, Jon Fitch would be the front runner for a title shot. He had put together a five fight win streak since getting eviscerated by St-Pierre in a title fight at UFC 87.
But Fitch is not exactly a fan favorite, nor does he appear to be a favorite of Dana White, and when he was forced to settle on a majority draw against B.J. Penn back at UFC 127, well that was all the ammo White needed to nix any talk of a rematch against GSP.
So with Fitch in limbo, whether he wins or not, who will get the next welterweight nod presumably sometime in early 2012?
Let’s peruse the landscape shall we.