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Friday, 10/14/2011, 03:27 pm

BJPENN.COM Welterweight Top 10 (Updated 10/14/11)


The world top 10 welterweight rankings according to the panel at BJPENN.COM consist of all UFC fighters.

GSP is the current UFC welterweight champion and as such gets the number one seat on our rankings system. With his most recent victory over Jake Shields in front of a record breaking audience, he has not only proven his worth as a champion but as one of the sport’s biggest draws.

There have been some significant changes to the welterweight rankings and as a result, only the top 2, the number 5, number 7 and number 9 ranked fighters remain the same since our last publication.

Jake Shields took a massive blow in his last two outings. While we previously had him ranked number three behind GSP and Jon Fitch, he recently lost his title shot and snapped his win streak. He then followed that performance up with a crushing knockout loss to a previously unranked Jake Ellenberger. After his most recent performance we have dropped him from the 3 seat and put him down to 6.

With the Shields decline, the deck gets shuffled and Nick Diaz, who was previously ranked 4 now resides as our third ranked welterweight.

In the place of Diaz comes Jake Ellenberger who now makes his top 10 debut as our number 4 ranked fighter. With his string of impressive victories and after just taking out Shields, his debut in the top 5 is justified.

When someone makes their debut on the rankings, another fighter gets thrown off and that fighter is our previously number 10 ranked Paul Daley. Paul recently picked up a lackluster win in the BAMMA organization but prior to that got finished by Diaz in their Strikeforce title fight. With a division as thick as this one, Daley pays the price for Ellenberger’s success and is removed entirely.

Carlos Condit and BJ Penn remain stable. BJ remains in the 5 spot and Condit remains in the 7 spot, at least for now. With UFC 137 upon us in just a few weeks both fighters will either rise or fall from their respective positions.

Alves, who recently lost to Rick Story, takes a dive from our number 8 seat down to the 10 spot made clear by Paul Daley, and Rick Story whose last outing was a failure against an unranked Charlie Brenneman fell from 6 to 8.

The BJPENN.COM staff has analyzed recent activity and all around performance inside professional competition and broke down to the 10 welterweights in MMA as follows:

1: Georges St Pierre (UFC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION)
2: Jon Fitch
3: Nick Diaz
4: Jake Ellenberger
5: BJ Penn
6: Jake Shields
7: Carlos Condit
8: Rick Story
9: Josh Koscheck
10: Thiago Alves



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