Going into UFC 171, it was known that a new era would begin in the Welterweight division. For the first time in nearly eight years, two men who were not named Georges St-Pierre fought for the undisputed Welterweight title this past Saturday night.
In the end, Johny Hendricks defeated Robbie Lawler in an epic five round battle. In the co-main event, Carlos Condit suffered a torn meniscus, thus giving Tyron Woodley the TKO victory. Welterweights, Hector Lombard and Kelvin Gastelum also picked up victories this past Saturday night as well.
With so many important Welterweight fights, the rankings were bound to shift. Check out the current Welterweight rankings below:
Even with his title bout loss, Robbie Lawler, rose from third to first in the rankings. Condit, who lost to Tyron Woodley this past weekend, only dropped one spot to third while Woodley still sits behind him at fourth. Hector Lombard moved from 12th in the rankings to 6th with his dominant victory over Jake Shields, who moved down to 11th.
The division has certainly been shaken up to say the least. As far as the rankings go, it seems that Hendricks will likely take on Rory MacDonald or Tyron Woodley next. The UFC could also opt to put them in a title eliminator bout while Hendricks heals his injured shoulder. Only time will tell.