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5 Oz. Official Rankings: Welterweight

Josh KoscheckFiveOuncesofPain.com is back with it’s brand new and highly official welterweight rankings.

Agree or disagree, these ranking were compiled in a completely unbiased manner based on several decisive contributing factors to the decision making process. There will be no delusional (hopefully) or political slants to these rankings

The different factors taken into account when considering the placing of the various top ten listers included, among a variety of other variables:

A) Recent activity at the weight class. Basically the deciding factor was that if you have competed your last two fights or more at a given weight, that’s your division.

For example, Some are going to be upset to see that Hendo and Rich Franklin aren’t considered for 205 due to the fact that neither have competed at the weight class in two or more bouts. Although a case could be made for either man jumping right into the top ten as soon as they return to the weight.

A guy like Anderson Silva is going to be ranked in both the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions due to the fact that he consistently bounces back and forth between divisions.

B) Activity. I could make a very strong case for putting Tito Ortiz in the 205 top ten, but he hasn’t been fighting. Someone like Alistair Overeem that hasn’t fought in over ten months also takes a significant hit for not competing.

C) Level of competition faced in the past

D) Recent wins over top contenders

E) Experience

Like always, we invite you to post your own personal rankings, and agree or disagree with us in a loosely respectful manner in the comment section below.

1. Georges St-Pierre: With wins over Fitch, Alves, Koscheck, and Hughes, GSP has basically cleaned out the welterweight division. It could end up being a long time before we see anyone else occupy this top spot at 170.

2. Jon Fitch: Fitch has a single defeat to GSP in his last eighteen bouts with wins over guys like Brock Larson, Thiago Alves, Diego Sanchez and Paulo Thiago along the way.

3. Thiago Alves: Impressive victories over top ten fighters such as Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck, with his only recent defeats coming to the men in the number one and two spots make Alves a lock for third.

4. Jake Shields: The only thing holding Jake back on these rankings has been his inability to square off with any of the top guys recently, due to most of the top guys being with the UFC. Shields has put together a dozen consecutive victories over dangerous opposition, with past wins over the likes of Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit and Paul Daley.

5. Josh Koscheck: Wins over men like Diego Sanchez, Chris Lytle, Dustin Hazelett, and most recently Frank Trigg make a case for Kos to be placed much lower than fifth a tough one to present.

6. Matt Hughes: In Hughes’ last twenty five fights competing at the highest level imaginable, he as only lost to three men, Georges St-Pierre, Thiago Alves and B.J. Penn (a fight he avenged). During that time he has compiled wins over fighters like Frank Trigg, GSP, Chris Lytle, and most recently Matt Serra.

7. Mike Swick: Swick is undefeated since moving down to welterweight following a decision loss to Yushin Okami at middleweight. He has gone on to notch wins over Josh Burkman, Marcus Davis, Jonathan Goulet and Ben Saunders since his arrival in the division.

8. Dan Hardy: Undefeated since his arrival in the UFC, Hardy has recent wins over Akihiro Gono, Rory Markham and Marcus Davis in the Octagon. A win over Mike Swick at UFC 105 could jump him up in the rankings, along with earning the Brit an instant title shot.

9. Carlos Condit: Condit has gone 9-1 in his last ten, with his only defeat being a razor thin split decision to Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18. During that time “The Natural Born Killer” has put together wins over John Alessio, Brock Larson, Carlo Prater, and most recently Jake Ellenberger in a wild, back and forth affair.

10. Dustin Hazelett: “McLovin” has won five of his last six with the UFC, with the sole defeat coming at the hands of Josh Koscheck in March of 2008.

Honorable Mentions: Martin Kampmann, Anthony Johnson, Paulo Thiago, Paul Daley, Marcus Davis, Dan Hornbuckle

20 COMMENTS
  • fanoftna33 says:

    At this point I really dont think Hughes deserves to be at the 6 spot as I dont think he can beat any of the 4 guys below him, I would put him down at 10, until he proves he can fight a top ten guy and win(not counting the really lucky decision against Serra).

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Karo Parisyan doesnt even get a honerable mention???

  • xtreme_machine says:

    I agree 90% because i think that :

    10. Paulo Thiago (12-1) Only lost to the # 2. John Fitch and beat # 5. Josh Koscheck

  • brandnewpride36 says:

    Hazelett at number 10? he’s an impressive fighter, but i don’t think i’d place him as top 10 just yet. there’s got to be somebody else to fill that spot.

  • edub says:

    Best rankings yet Cory. Great Job with these.

    My only differences because well… Im OCD….

    Swick above Hughes simply for the fact of Swick being 4-0 in the UFC ww division, and Paulo Thiago at 10 because he got the stoppage against Koscheck.

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    i want a Kos/Thiago rematch as soon as possible.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    is it me or Kampmann, Condit, Thiago ahead of Hardy??? I like Hardy but so the tuffest guy he beat is Davis and wasnt that a split dec???? And Huges shouldnt be in the top ten but his past recorded i guess can justify it a bit. other than that best list yet

  • moosebaby02 says:

    sorry “shouldnt Kampmann, Condit, Thiago be ahead of Hardy at this point???

  • xtreme_machine: I agree 90% because i think that :10. Paulo Thiago (12-1) Only lost to the # 2. John Fitch and beat # 5. Josh Koscheck

    brandnewpride36: Hazelett at number 10? he’s an impressive fighter, but i don’t think i’d place him as top 10 just yet. there’s got to be somebody else to fill that spot.

    I’m the biggest Hazelett mark you’ll find but no way does he deserve to be ranked over Thiago.

    WW is a weird division because the top 5 are easy to place but the bottom 5 is littered with mid-tier guys who don’t have a big win under their belts.

  • Ronin says:

    Mine..

    Welterweight
    1. Georges St. Pierre
    2. Jon Fitch
    3. Thiago Alves
    4. Jake Shields
    5. Josh Koscheck
    6. Carlos Condit
    7. Mike Swick
    8. Paul Daley
    9. Dan Hardy
    10. Matt Hughes

  • nope says:

    Excellent list. I’m thinkin Condit should definately be before Hardy, and Thiago for Hazelett’s spot.

    Hughes Deserves his spot on the list. One more loss and he’ll go the way of the Iceman…but not yet.

  • edub says:

    Speaking of welterweights Rory Macdonald just got signed to the UFC(I know most of his fights have been at lw but he’ll be fighting at ww). He is a young kid with a Grand Canyon load of potential.

    Hopefully he’s on the card that comes to the Patriot Center!

  • meatloaf says:

    I know people are in love with Dustin Hazelett’s submission game, but he’s not top 10 yet, and surprised so many people are so high on Carlos Condit, and so down on Matt Hughes.

  • nope says:

    Condit V Daley at UFC 108. I like that fight.

  • BigDave says:

    Ok here is the real list and Cory you almost got it right this time but still a bit off.

    1.GSP
    2.Fitch
    3.Alves
    4.Shields
    5.Condit
    6.Koscheck
    7.Swick
    8.Kampmann
    9.Thiago
    10.Mayhem Miller

    Can’t put hughes on here for his refusal to fight anyone not gsp atm. Hazzlett is real good and could maybe get on here with another solid win. Same goes for Dailey I really wanted to put anthony johnson on here but just not got that big win under him yet but I predict soon.

  • BigDave says:

    opps again miller isnt a ww. my bad just didnt want to have to put hughes on my list but ok

    10.Hughes

    there all better

  • Jstew3785 says:

    1. GSP
    2. Fitch
    3. Alves
    4. Shields
    5. Swick
    6. Koscheck
    7. Condit
    8. Hughes
    9. Daley
    10. Hardy

  • submit662266 says:

    Of the recent batch of rankings, this one is by far the best. I have only small, knit-picky disagreements on this one. I agree with most of my colleagues above that Matt Hughes was ranked a bit high. Looks like great match-ups for the year to come.

  • acachubaca says:

    IMO Anthony Johnson will take it from GSP
    and he’ll keep it for awhile!!!
    As long as no one pokes him in the fargin eye again!

  • acachubaca says:

    submit662266: Of the recent batch of rankings, this one is by far the best. I have only small, knit-picky disagreements on this one. I agree with most of my colleagues above that Matt Hughes was ranked a bit high. Looks like great match-ups for the year to come.

    Anthony Johnson is the next Champ!

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