UFC Fight Night 25 Results: Ranking the Top 10 Welterweights in the UFC
Despite losing his father and manager, Jack Shields, three weeks ago, Shields chose to continue with the fight against Ellenberger.
Ellenberger was able to get the better of Shields and has now put himself in title contention.
Where do both men rank after tonight's fight? Continue reading to find out!
Number 10: Take Your Pick
The lower half of the welterweight division is a mess at the moment.
Rick Story, Charlie Brenneman, Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald and John Hathaway are all fighters who could take this spot on the list.
MacDonald and Hathaway may be the future of the division, Brenneman threw his name into the mix after defeating Story and Hendricks will get his chance to get even closer to the top if he can get past Jon Fitch at UFC 141.
Number 9: Diego Sanchez
Notable Wins: Nick Diaz, Martin Kampmann, Paulo Thiago and Clay Guida
Although Sanchez won a questionable bout with Kampmann, he's on a two fight winning streak.
Sanchez was set to take on Matt Hughes at UFC 135, but is now on the shelf after breaking his hand in training.
Number 8: Josh Koscheck
Notable Wins: Diego Sanchez, Paul Daley and Anthony Johnson
Although Koscheck lost to Georges St-Pierre in his last fight, he showed a ton of heart fighting through a broken orbital bone.
Koscheck was set to make his return to middleweight, but will now take on Matt Hughes at UFC 135, replacing Diego Sanchez.
Number 7: Jake Shields
Notable Wins: Dan Henderson, Martin Kampmann, Yushin Okami and Carlos Condit
After tonight's loss, Shields is now 1-2 in the UFC.
Shields could have easily been 0-3, as his first UFC fight against Martin Kampmann was a close one.
Although some may see this fight as a setback, Shields showed just how much heart he had tonight, by stepping into the Octagon just a few weeks after losing his father.
Number 6: Jake Ellenberger
Notable Wins: Jake Shields and Mike Pyle
Tonight Jake Ellenberger earned the biggest win of his career, earning a TKO victory against Jake Shields.
This gives Ellenberger five in a row, and should put him in the title picture.
Ellenberger is a tough fighter for anybody to take on. Ellenberger should take on a top five welterweight in his next battle.
Number 5: Carlos Condit
Notable wins: Dan Hardy, Jake Ellenberger and Dong Hyun Kim
One man’s loss is another man’s gain.
That’s the case for Carlos Condit.
Originally scheduled to face B.J. Penn at UFC 137, Condit will now take Nick Diaz’s spot in the main event against Georges St-Pierre.
Condit has been on a roll as of late going 4-0 in his last four fights.
Condit's dangerous striking and submissions make him a worthy opponent for St-Pierre, but will it be enough to take the champ out?
Number 4: B.J. Penn
Notable Wins: Matt Hughes, Diego Sanchez and Kenny Florian
Although it could have been disheartening for B.J. Penn to fight to a draw with Jon Fitch in his most recent fight, it’s better than anybody not named Georges St-Pierre has done in a while.
After much controversy and opponent changes, Penn is set to fight Nick Diaz at UFC 137.
Number 3: Nick Diaz
Notable Wins: Paul Daley, KJ Noons and Frank Shamrock
Nick Diaz would have had the biggest fight of his career when he was scheduled to take on Georges St-Pierre at UFC 137.
Instead, Diaz missed two required press conferences, and was demoted to taking on B.J. Penn.
A win against Penn could put Diaz right back in the position for a title shot, but his actions outside the Octagon could prevent him from being put in that position again
Number 2: Jon Fitch
Record: 23-3-1 (1)
Notable Wins: Diego Sanchez, Paulo Thiago and Thiago Alves
Jon Fitch has not been defeated since he fought Georges St-Pierre back in 2008.
Fitch most recent fight saw him fight B.J. Penn to a draw.
Fitch may not be the most exciting fighter in the world, or the most popular in Dana White’s eyes, but Fitch knows how to win, and deserves to have his title shot if he continues.
Fitch will meet Johny Hendricks at UFC 141.
Number 1: Georges St-Pierre
Notable Wins: Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, B.J. Penn, Jake Shields and Matt Hughes
There’s no surprise who’s No. 1 on this list.
Although Anderson Silva is ahead of St-Pierre in the pound for pound debate, St-Pierre is a close second, and currently holds the welterweight crown.
St-Pierre has nearly cleaned out the welterweight division and, after the Nick Diaz fiasco, will now face Carlos Condit at UFC 137.