The UFC’s welterweight division is perhaps the most talent rich and competitive weight class in the promotion. It seems that at virtually every spot in its fifteen slot ranking there lies a fighter capable of claiming the title. Certainly every name on the list from twelve above is a threat to become champion.
Tonight in Dallas the UFC showcases the upper echelons of the division as six of the 170 pound weights class’s best fighters take to the Octagon to do battle, and in an attempt to provide clarity to a division which is very much in flux.
Two of fighters – Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler – will go toe-to-toe to see which of the pair assumes former welterweight champion George St. Pierre’s vacated throne.
The rest – Carlos Condit, Tyron Woodley, Jake Shields and Hector Lombard – will all duke it out to see which of them, if any, will impress Dana White enough to have the promotion’s president convey upon them a title shot, and the first crack at the winner of Hendricks vs. Lawler.
Of course, if none of them do, then White might wait to see what the number eight ranked Matt Brown does at May 10th’s, UFC Fight Night 40: Brown vs. Silva, event. If Brown wows White in Cincinnati, where the six fighting in Dallas failed to, then “The Immortal” could well end up getting the nod as the next title challenger.
Ahead of any of it, here’s the welterweight landscape heading into tonight’s UFC 171 event.