Power Rankings: Welterweight
Sunday, Feb. 3
Demian Maia sort of limped into his welterweight existence as a man without a country. His world-class jiu-jitsu had transformed into a vague brand of kickboxing, and his one-time contendership had fled following a series of losses and/or uninspired performances. Yet what a splash he's made in three fights as a welterweight. Dong Hyun Kim, Rick Story and now Jon Fitch -- he's handled them all most impressively. In fact, nobody has ever "outFitched" Fitch until Maia. His resume is at 170 is undeniable. What's next for him? Guess here is that he'll have a keen eye on what happens at UFC 158, where all the top-name 170-pounders are fighting. The bout to watch is Rory MacDonald versus Carlos Condit. Should St-Pierre hold serve and defeat Diaz in Montreal, and Johny Hendricks takes care of Jake Ellenberger, Hendricks/St-Pierre will likely be made. Yet the Condit/MacDonald winner would need another big challenge ... and Maia is nothing at 170 pounds if not a big challenge.