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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 "
    18-2-0
  4. 4

    Tyron "The Chosen One" Woodley mmaweekly.com
    Tyron Woodley
    "The Chosen One"
    14-3-0
  5. 5

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

    Tarec "Sponge" Saffiedine mmaweekly.com
    Tarec Saffiedine
    "Sponge"
    15-4-0

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  1. "Stun Gun" Dong Hyun Kim | 19-3-1, 1 NC
  2. "Funky" Ben Askren | 14-0-0
  3. Jake Shields | 30-7-1, 1 NC
  4. Rick "The Horror" Story | 18-8-0
  5. Kelvin Gastelum | 9-0-0
  6. Jordan "Young Gun" Mein | 29-9-0
  7. Gunnar "Gunny" Nelson | 13-1-1
  8. Erick "Indio" Silva | 16-5-0, 1 NC
  9. Mike "Quicksand" Pyle | 26-10-1
  10. Thiago "Pitbull" Alves | 20-9-0

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

  21. Hyun Gyu "The Ace" Lim | 13-4-1
  22. Steve Carl | 21-4-0
  23. Neil Magny | 13-3-0
  24. Martin "Hitman" Kampmann | 20-7-0
  25. Court "The Crusher" McGee | 16-4-0
  26. Brian "Bad Boy" Ebersole | 51-16-1, 1 NC
  27. Patrick "The Predator" Cote | 20-9-0
  28. Siyar "The Great" Bahadurzada | 21-6-1
  29. Nick Diaz | 26-9-0, 1 NC
  30. John "Doomsday" Howard | 22-10-0

  31. Andrey "Spartan" Koreshkov | 17-1-0
  32. Paul "Semtex" Daley | 35-13-2
  33. Nico "Nico" Musoke | 13-3-1
  34. Adlan "Borz" Amagov | 13-2-1
  35. Ben "Killa B" Saunders | 17-6-2
  36. Kenny Robertson | 14-3-0
  37. Kyle "KO" Noke | 20-7-1
  38. Seth "Polish Pistola" Baczynski | 19-12-0
  39. Robert "The Reaper" Whittaker | 12-4-0
  40. "Sexyama" Yoshihiro Akiyama | 14-5-1, 1 NC

  41. Zak Cummings | 17-4-0
  42. Alex "The Dominican Nightmare" Garcia | 12-2-0
  43. TJ Waldburger | 16-9-0
  44. Alan "Brahma" Jouban | 10-2-0
  45. Paulo Thiago | 15-8-0
  46. Cathal "The Punisher" Pendred | 15-2-1
  47. Rick "Ghengis" Hawn | 18-4-0
  48. Albert "Einstein" Tumenov | 14-2-0
  49. Sean "Black Magik" Spencer | 12-3-0
  50. Tim "The Dirty Bird" Means | 21-6-1

  51. Gasan "Cobra" Umalatov | 15-4-1
  52. George Sullivan | 16-3-0, 1 NC
  53. Georges "Rush" St. Pierre | 25-2-0
  54. Alexander "Thunder of the North" Yakovlev | 21-6-1
  55. Karl "Psycho" Amoussou | 17-7-2
  56. Mike "Quick" Swick | 15-5-0
  57. James Head | 9-4-0
  58. Sérgio "The Panther" Moraes | 8-2-0
  59. William "Patolino" Macário | 7-2-0
  60. Lance Benoist | 7-2-0

  61. Kiichi "Strasser" Kunimoto | 18-5-2, 1 NC
  62. "The Real Deal" Ryan Ford | 22-5-0
  63. Adam "Big Gunna" McDonough | 11-1-0
  64. Ildemar "Marajó" Alcântara | 20-7-0
  65. Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy | 25-10-0, 1 NC
  66. Luis "Sapo" Santos | 60-9-1
  67. KJ "King Karl" Noons | 13-7-0
  68. Amir Sadollah | 6-5-0
  69. Sean "Punisher" Pierson | 14-6-0
  70. Pascal "Panzer" Krauss | 11-2-0

  71. Tyler "The Evolution" Stinson | 27-10-0
  72. Paul "The Gentleman" Bradley | 22-6-0, 1 NC
  73. Santiago "Gente Boa" Ponzinibbio | 19-2-0
  74. Igor Araújo | 25-7-0, 1 NC
  75. Lyman "Cyborg" Good | 16-3-0
  76. Dan Miller | 14-7-0, 1 NC
  77. Marius "The Whitemare" Zaromskis | 20-8-0, 1 NC
  78. Fernando "Nappy Baby Head" Gonzalez | 22-12-0
  79. Aaron "A-Train" Simpson | 12-5-0
  80. Roan "Jucao" Carneiro | 19-9-0

  81. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos | 19-16-0
  82. Hernani Perpétuo | 17-5-0, 1 NC
  83. Jay "The Thoroughbred" Hieron | 23-7-0
  84. Colby "Chaos" Covington | 6-0-0
  85. Nathan "Soulforce" Coy | 14-5-0
  86. Omari Akhmedov | 13-2-0
  87. Viscardi Andrade | 17-6-0
  88. Claude "The Prince" Patrick | 14-2-0
  89. Alberto "Soldier of God" Mina | 11-0-0
  90. Bryan "The Beast" Baker | 18-5-0

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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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