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More importantly, does anybody rising up the ranks at welterweight have the tools to beat Georges St. Pierre and put the belt back in play?

Since forever, most fight fans (including me, I am sure) have whined about the lack of fresh blood at middleweight and welterweight, and it seems at least welterweight. is undergoing a change at the top. Today's MMAPG top ten finally shows how much the division has changed:

2. Carlos Condit
3. Nick Diaz
4. Jake Ellenberger
5. Johny Hendricks

Throw in Mike Pierce, who lost a fairly controversial decision tonight to Koscheck; Rick Story, who took it to a highly-ranked Alves once upon a day; and Brian Ebersole, who slowly is rising the ranks after starting with a bang by putting Lytle on a path to retirement. For a couple years, Jake Shields, Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, and Thiago Alves ruled the area right below GSP...

How do you see this evolution of welterweight play out over the next few years and farther?

Post #1   2/5/12 2:39:16AM   

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GSP, will eventually drop the belt and go to Middleweight. Carlos will rule for a while. Then Rory Macdonald and Stephen Thompson will be the next in line to rule the division.

Post #2   2/5/12 2:43:25AM   

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2. Carlos Condit
3. Nick Diaz
4. Jake Ellenberger
5. Johny Hendricks

all these guys are a potential title shot in the near future. even after the loss, diaz would still be a good title fight with gsp. ellenberger is way underrated and hendricks has his big left. we are all waiting on GSP to heal

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2. Diaz
3. Condit
4. Fitch
5. Ellengerber

i dont see how Hendricks, with 1 top 10 win shoots up to top 5 and Fitch falls out after 1 loss in his last 8 fights or w/e

and imo Diaz won that fight.

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Rory McDonald will be the next gsp, except more dangerous. Nobody can hang with Georges, but once he's gone its Rory's time to shine.

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Macdonald is the future at WW. I can't beleive he's not mentioned in your post lohmann

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WW is definitely experiencing a 'in with the new out with the old' type uprising in the last year or so. Guys like Hendricks,Macdonald, Condit & Ellenberger have shot through the ranks. Personally i'm hoping Ebersole keeps climbing the ranks and gets in the title mix.

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Posted by hotrodttt

Rory McDonald will be the next gsp, except more dangerous. Nobody can hang with Georges, but once he's gone its Rory's time to shine.



I would pick Ellenberger to TKO Rory like Condit did.

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I think Johny Hendricks is gonna be a champ in the next two years. Hes got the gorund game and the striking.12-1 with some solid wins. His only loss to Rick Story, you rematch them right now Hendricks wins by KO. IMO

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Rory is overrated IMO. They need to make the fight happen between MacDonald and Hendricks. Hendricks by UD

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Good to see guys.finally get there shot
Like mcdonald and condit. Ellenburger and hendricks

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Posted by Hendo187

Rory is overrated IMO. They need to make the fight happen between MacDonald and Hendricks. Hendricks by UD



Overrrated?

He was 7 seconds away from beating the *current* WW interim title holder (Condit) and that was well before he stepped up training at Tristar and evolved into the dynamic fighter he is today... Multiple third round suplexes of Nate Diaz, and mowing down Mike Pyle with ease with no real holes in his game.

In this fight, Hendricks would be finished way before it ever went to decision.

Depending on GSP's status towards the end of this year, I think Rory will start getting the fights to formally put him in the Top Five, which is where he already belongs. Definite future of WW.

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Posted by hotrodttt

Rory McDonald will be the next gsp, except more dangerous. Nobody can hang with Georges, but once he's gone its Rory's time to shine.



I would pick Ellenberger to TKO Rory like Condit did.



At this point in time so would I, except probably faster.

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I expect GSP's time is coming to an end. Coming back from an ACL injury will limit his explosiveness and will help Condit avoid the takedowns. Even if he does get by Condit, I personally think Ellenberger is the bad matchup for GSP. Wrestler with killer power.

I also think Ellenberger would (T)KO Rory. Jake really is a bad matchup for most fighters.

Post #14   2/5/12 6:20:33PM