The welterweight division is one of the most heavily stacked divisions in MMA. Here are the best welterweight MMA fighters in the world right now.
1. Georges St. Pierre
Clearly the best welterweight in the world, GSP defeated the likes of BJ Penn and Matt Hughes on his way to the UFC title. With his smooth combination of kickboxing, wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, very few welterweights in the world have a chance against GSP.
2. Jake Shields
Formerly on the Strikeforce roster, Shields’ wrestling has been one of his biggest assets. He destroyed opponent after opponent in Strikeforce, and is currently scheduled for a shot at the UFC welterweight title against GSP. With excellent MMA fighters like Gilbert Melendez and the Diaz brothers to train with, Shields will continue his improvement over time.
3. Jon Fitch
This hard-nosed fighter has dominated all fighters he has faced lately, except GSP. During the loss to GSP, Fitch still found a way to walk away with new fans after the fight. Even when it was obvious Fitch wasn’t going to pull out a victory against GSP, he continued pushing forward and took the fight to the champion.
4. Thiago Alves
Thiago is a tough young fighter that has the potential to become a world champion some day. His Muay Thai is sharp, and his leg kicks are devastating. He’s also well versed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and is usually decent at avoiding submissions. Thiago’s only weakness has been his wrestling, a fact fighters like GSP and Jon Fitch were able to take advantage of.
5. Anthony Johnson
Another young MMA fighter with a lot of potential, Johnson is known for his devastating knockout power and sharp kickboxing skills. His only weakness has been his submission defense. A weakness that has already caused him two fights in his short MMA career. Once Johnson masters the inner workings of Brazilian Jiu jitsu, he should be ready for anything the UFC match makers throw at him.
The fighters listed above are the best welterweight MMA fighters in the world right now. Other fighters that barely missed the list include Josh Koscheck, Paul Daley and Nick Diaz.