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The Current Best MMA Welterweights | 170 lbs.

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Who are the world's best welterweight fighters?

The welterweight division is one of MMA's premier weight classes. Featuring extraordinary athletes making truly freakish weight cuts, the competition at the top is relentless. These guys are the top at 170. Create YOUR own ranking today.

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    Johny "Big Rig" Hendricks mmaweekly.com
    Johny Hendricks
    "Big Rig"
    16-2-0
  2. 2

    "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler mmaweekly.com
    Robbie Lawler
    "Ruthless"
    24-10-0, 1 NC
  3. 3

    Rory "Ares" MacDonald mmaweekly.com
    Rory MacDonald
    "Ares"
    17-2-0
  4. 4

    "The Natural Born Killer" Carlos Condit mmaweekly.com
    Carlos Condit
    "The Natural Born Killer"
    29-8-0
  5. 5

    Tyron "The Chosen One" Woodley mmaweekly.com
    Tyron Woodley
    "The Chosen One"
    14-3-0
  6. 6

    "Lightning" Hector Lombard mmaweekly.com
    Hector Lombard
    "Lightning"
    34-4-1, 1 NC
  7. 7

    Matt "The Immortal" Brown mmaweekly.com
    Matt Brown
    "The Immortal"
    19-12-0
  8. 8

    Demian Maia mmaweekly.com
    Demian Maia
    19-6-0
  9. 9

    Jake "The Juggernaut" Ellenberger mmaweekly.com
    Jake Ellenberger
    "The Juggernaut"
    29-8-0
  10. 10

    "Stun Gun" Dong Hyun Kim mmaweekly.com
    Dong Hyun Kim
    "Stun Gun"
    19-3-1, 1 NC

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  1. Tarec "Sponge" Saffiedine | 15-3-0
  2. "Funky" Ben Askren | 14-0-0
  3. Jake Shields | 29-7-1, 1 NC
  4. Gunnar "Gunny" Nelson | 13-0-1
  5. Kelvin Gastelum | 9-0-0
  6. Jordan "Young Gun" Mein | 29-9-0
  7. Rick "The Horror" Story | 17-8-0
  8. Erick "Indio" Silva | 16-5-0, 1 NC
  9. Mike "Quicksand" Pyle | 26-10-1
  10. Rousimar "Toquinho" Palhares | 16-6-0

  11. Thiago "Pitbull" Alves | 20-9-0
  12. Ryan LaFlare | 11-0-0
  13. Jon Fitch | 26-6-1, 1 NC
  14. Mike Pierce | 17-6-0
  15. Brandon "Rukus" Thatch | 11-1-0
  16. Josh "Kos" Koscheck | 17-8-0
  17. Douglas "The Phenom" Lima | 26-5-0
  18. Josh "The People's Warrior" Burkman | 27-10-0
  19. John "The Hitman" Hathaway | 17-2-0
  20. Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson | 9-1-0

  21. Martin "Hitman" Kampmann | 20-7-0
  22. Steve Carl | 21-4-0
  23. Court "The Crusher" McGee | 16-4-0
  24. Hyun Gyu "The Ace" Lim | 12-4-1
  25. John "Doomsday" Howard | 22-9-0
  26. Neil Magny | 12-3-0
  27. Patrick "The Predator" Cote | 20-8-0
  28. Nick Diaz | 26-9-0, 1 NC
  29. Siyar "The Great" Bahadurzada | 21-6-1
  30. Adlan "Borz" Amagov | 13-2-1

  31. Robert "The Reaper" Whittaker | 12-4-0
  32. Andrey "Spartan" Koreshkov | 17-1-0
  33. Kyle "KO" Noke | 20-7-1
  34. Nico "Nico" Musoke | 12-3-1
  35. Kenny Robertson | 14-3-0
  36. Seth "Polish Pistola" Baczynski | 19-12-0
  37. Ben "Killa B" Saunders | 17-6-2
  38. Paulo Thiago | 15-7-0
  39. Paul "Semtex" Daley | 34-13-2
  40. Brian "Bad Boy" Ebersole | 50-16-1, 1 NC

  41. Alex "The Dominican Nightmare" Garcia | 12-2-0
  42. Zak Cummings | 17-4-0
  43. TJ Waldburger | 16-9-0
  44. Rick "Ghengis" Hawn | 18-3-0
  45. Sean "Punisher" Pierson | 14-6-0
  46. Tim "The Dirty Bird" Means | 21-6-1
  47. Sérgio "The Panther" Moraes | 8-2-0
  48. Ildemar "Marajó" Alcântara | 20-7-0
  49. James Head | 9-4-0
  50. Gasan "Cobra" Umalatov | 15-3-1

  51. Georges "Rush" St. Pierre | 25-2-0
  52. Pascal "Panzer" Krauss | 11-2-0
  53. William "Patolina" Macario | 7-1-0
  54. Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy | 25-10-0, 1 NC
  55. Albert "Einstein" Tumenov | 13-2-0
  56. Alan "Brahma" Jouban | 10-2-0
  57. Yan Cabral | 11-1-0
  58. Sean "Black Magik" Spencer | 11-3-0
  59. Igor Araújo | 25-6-0, 1 NC
  60. Alexander "Bad Boy" Yakovlev | 21-5-1

  61. Lance Benoist | 7-2-0
  62. Karl "Psycho" Amoussou | 17-7-2
  63. Mike "Quick" Swick | 15-5-0
  64. Hernani Perpétuo | 17-5-0, 1 NC
  65. Kiichi "Strasser" Kunimoto | 17-5-2, 1 NC
  66. Aaron "A-Train" Simpson | 12-5-0
  67. Dan Miller | 14-7-0, 1 NC
  68. "The Real Deal" Ryan Ford | 22-4-0
  69. Amir Sadollah | 6-4-0
  70. Claude "The Prince" Patrick | 14-2-0

  71. Viscardi Andrade | 17-6-0
  72. "Sexyama" Yoshihiro Akiyama | 13-5-1, 1 NC
  73. Tyler "The Evolution" Stinson | 27-10-0
  74. Marcelo "Grilo" Alfaya | 15-7-0, 1 NC
  75. Paul "The Gentleman" Bradley | 21-6-0, 1 NC
  76. Marius "The Whitemare" Zaromskis | 20-8-0, 1 NC
  77. Luis "Sapo" Santos | 60-9-1
  78. Omari Akhmedov | 13-2-0
  79. KJ "King Karl" Noons | 13-7-0
  80. George Sullivan | 15-3-0, 1 NC

  81. Adam "Big Gunna" McDonough | 11-1-0
  82. Lyman "Cyborg" Good | 16-3-0
  83. Anthony "The Recipe" Lapsley | 24-7-0, 2 NC
  84. "Vicious" Bobby Voelker | 24-12-0
  85. Kazuo "Grabaka Hitman" Misaki | 25-11-2, 1 NC
  86. Chris "The Menace" Clements | 11-5-0, 1 NC
  87. Colby "Chaos" Covington | 6-0-0
  88. Bryan "The Beast" Baker | 18-5-0
  89. Alberto "Soldier of God" Mina | 11-0-0
  90. Jay "The Thoroughbred" Hieron | 23-7-0

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Tapology Consensus Rankings

As community members update their rankings, the consensus list will react in real-time. For Top Welterweights - 170 lbs., the 100 most-recently updated member lists will be included.

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