The UFC welterweight division has seen its ups and downs over the past couple of years. We have seen one of the greatest welterweights ever in Georges St. Pierre leave the sport to pursue other endeavors. Veteran Robbie Lawlerwent on a magical run as champion. He defended the belt three times against three of the UFC’s best in the division. Now we have a newly crowned champion in the form of Tyron Woodley. He needs an opponent to defend his belt.
State of the UFC Welterweight Division
Whose title shot is it anyway?
In what has been a running topic over the past couple weeks, we have seen the likes of Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz andStephen Thompson as well as St. Pierre have all rumored for a title shot against Woodley. “The Chosen One” seems to have wanted the super fights against the likes of the Diaz brothers and St. Pierre because of the money that is entailed with those fights. As of yesterday, UFC president Dana White confirmed that Thompson will get his rightful title shot against Woodley later this year. Thompson has won his last seven bouts. He has beaten some of the best in the division to earn his place as a contender.
What about the top of the Division?
In the welterweight division, there isn’t a problem in talent. It is one of the most talent-heavy divisions in the UFC today. Throughout the rankings, nearly every fighter in the top 15 has a chance to fight for the title one day. You have a former champion in Johny Hendricks. He has fought some of the best the division has to offer including, former champions in Georges St. Pierre and Robbie Lawler. He has also faced fellow top ranked contenders in Kelvin Gastelum, Matt Brown and newly crowned number one contender Thompson. You also have the likes of Demian Maia and Carlos Condit. They will fight each other on the UFC on FOX card in Vancouver in a couple of weeks. The winner of that bout could easily be next in line pending any strange circumstances.