MMA Power Rankings -- Welterweight
Tuesday, Nov. 1
It's been all saga in the 170-pound division, where the elusive yet inevitable Nick Diaz against Georges St. Pierre fight is back on. It will likely go down on Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas, and there's a sense of deepened animosity attached to it with Diaz accusing St. Pierre of faking his injury -- the one that kept him out of his bout with Carlos Condit. Now Condit steps aside (reluctantly), and Diaz gets the fight he wanted all along. The scary thing is, it's now a fight that St. Pierre wants, too. He feels disrespected by the challenger. That Feb. 5 card will show us what it's like when worlds collide.
Diaz's superior cardio and boxing did in Penn at UFC 137, and that adds a little scope to the St. Pierre battle ahead. Penn drops out of the top-10 this week, while Jon Fitch, who is set to take on Johny Hendricks at UFC 141, drops to No. 3. As for Condit, who begrudgingly forfeited his title shot for the time being, it looks like his next opponent will be the hard-charging Jake Ellenberger, who needed only 53 seconds to knockout perennial top-10 fighter Jake Shields. If history has proven anything, it's that the "stay busy" fight while awaiting a title shot is dangerous. Condit will have to tread carefully -- and maybe look to put an exclamation mark on the rematch with Ellenberger, as their first bout was a razor thin split decision for the "Natural Born Killer."
Crazy stuff happening at 170 pounds.