POLL: Who is the rightful number one contender to the UFC Welterweight Championship?

Posted on December 6, 2012, 10:16 AM by John Torres
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With rumors floating about regarding a superfight between Welterweight ruler Georges St. Pierre and Middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, many are wondering about the state of the Welterweight Division.  Two names have been swirling around at the crest of the discussion.  The heavy-handed Johny Hendricks, and the brash Nick Diaz.

Nick Diaz is still on suspension from being busted for marijuana metabolites, and is probably still fuming from a unanimous decision loss to sure-footed striker Carlos Condit.  Diaz also only has one victory under his belt since his return, an utter dismantling of former multi-divisional champion BJ Penn.  All the same, Diaz makes waves and headlines, and has also earned the ire of St. Pierre on more than one occasion.  GSP supposedly possesses a “professional hatred” of the Stockton native, which could make for an interesting grudge match.  GSP trainer Firas Zahabi certainly stands behind Diaz/GSP as being the fight to make, as he told MMAjunkie.

"I think Diaz is the guy who deserves it most," Zahabi said. "His fight with Carlos (Condit) was so close. Who knows? People judge it both ways.”

Meanwhile, Johny Hendricks has been on a tear, racking up a 5 fight winning streak, which includes Knockout Of The Night victories over Martin Kampmann and Jon Fitch, and decision victories over Josh Koscheck and Mike Pierce.  Hendricks has only lost once, and has never been finished.  Its been said by many MMA pundits that with his National Champion-level wrestling skills and his one-punch knockout power, Hendricks could be the one with the skill-set to overthrow GSP.  Famed MMA nutrionist Mike Dolce fully endorses Hendricks getting the title fight over Diaz.

"He hasn't beaten anybody in the division," Dolce told MMAfighting.  "Nick certainly will be in line soon. He's got to get a couple of wins. Johny's got those wins already."

So what do the Lowkick faithful think should happen to the upper echelon of the Welterweight Division?  Should fans finally get the grudge match they were supposed to get with Diaz versus GSP?  Will Hendricks get his opportunity to live up to the analyst hype and dethrone St. Pierre?  And if GSP vs Silva should come to fruition, should Hendricks and Diaz be the two warriors to face off for a possible interim championship?  We hope to hear your opinions!

  1. 1. Nick Diaz
  2. 2. Johny Hendricks

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  • Jrhill1990
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    Johnny hendricks is the rightful number 1 contender, in the last year diaz lost a decision(i believe could of went either way). got suspended, and now hes expecting immediate shot.. meanwhile hendricks has knocked fitch, beat up koscheck, and dropped kampmann and finished him. hmmmm three top 5 welterweight(at the time)...yea i believe hendricks is the true number 1 cont. when you clean out 3 of 5 to welterweights that just leaves you and the champ...

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  • Brian Cox
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    I don't even see this as a serious question. Hendricks.

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  • Michael Stephensen
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    Hendricks is deserving. Because of the personalities Diaz is the fight I'd like to see.

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  • Banner
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    If we are having this conversation it means there is no clear number 1 contender and they should face off. Diaz is coming off a loss and Hendricks isn't ready to fight someone of GSP's caliber.

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  • ChuteBoxeHero
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    Always gotta go for the bearded one.Neckbeards FTW!!!!

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  • ChuteBoxeHero
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  • ChuteBoxeHero
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    Oh damn nevermind.Didnt realize Nick was on there.So Diaz FTW!!!

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  • KeithFarrell
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    Let's be completely honest here, if you don't pick Hendricks then you are picking this as if the question is "who is your favourite WW" rather than "who deserves the title shot".

    Stats don't always paint the picture truthfully but if I was to ask you who deserves a title shot more for some random organisation with fighters you don't know (or like for their personality.. hint hint), one of them coming off a loss and the other one being on a winning streak over elite top 10 opponents with multiple finishes? You know what the answer is.

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  • codemaster
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    "Rightful" is a loaded term in this context. Both Diaz and Hendricks are at the top of the food chain. Diaz's loss, to the eventual title contender, was a very close decision. If he would have won, he would have fought GSP. I think GSP and Dana White like the fight with Diaz better than the fight with Hendricks. A GSP vs. Diaz fight will be more marketable than a fight with Hendricks. Hendricks will get his chance--he's a good fighter, and next in line, barring any mishap. I don't really blame Dana or GSP for the Diaz choice because I see Diaz and Hendricks as being roughly equal in current status.

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  • Evan Holober
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    BJ Penn

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  • grandslam
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    Johny Hendricks without a doubt. But I guess Diaz / GSP will sell more due to the 'Grudge' factor.

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  • DKMcGrath
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    Hendricks deserves it Diaz will get due to the Sonnen factor

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  • Pride4Ever
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    How about Hendricks Vs Diaz?... There... problem solved.

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