MMA Power Rankings -- Welterweight
Tuesday, Nov. 8
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 again. 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 world's collide.
Diaz's superior cardio and boxing did in Penn at UFC 137, and that adds a little scope the St. Pierre battle ahead. Penn drops out of the top ten this week, while climbs to No. 2 in front of perennial contender Jon Fitch, who is set to take on Johny Hendricks at UFC 141. As for Condit, it looks like he'll also be fighting on Super Bowl weekend. The list of opponents seems to be narrowed down to two -- Josh Koscheck, or Jake Ellenberger. Both have the potential to derail Condit's once-booked title plans.
Otherwise, Anthony Johnson seems to have put a punctuation mark on his time as a welterweight with a manhandling of Charlie Brenneman, as he's headed for the 185-pound division (and towards relief for not having to do a hellish weight cut). As for Bellator champion Ben Askren? He hangs on against a tough-as-nails Jay Hieron, and the word "rematch" is echoing down the halls. He remains a fixture in the top 10.