With a plethora of welterweight fights coming up for the UFC, the picture at the top of the division should clear up pretty soon. It starts on March 27th at UFC 111 with current champion Georges St-Pierre facing Dan Hardy.
Many forget there’s another big welterweight scrap on that same card as former 170-pound top contenders Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves will square off for the second time.
At “UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2,” we’ll see a bout between Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley which should be extremely interesting after all the trash-talking that has gone on between the two since the fight’s announcement.
The last big welterweight scrap on the horizon will be the recently reported tango between Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampman at UFC 115 in June.
In looking at the list of potential title contenders, St-Pierre already owns wins over half the fighters (Fitch, Alves and Koscheck).
If St-Pierre were to successfully defend his title inside the Prudential Center in New Jersey, he very well could fight someone he’s already trounced.
If that were to happen, would it be safe to say that GSP has cleaned out his entire weight class?
UFC president Dana White has said in the past that St-Pierre must take out all comers before moving up to 185-pounds. A win might force White’s hand, especially if the French-Canadian demolishes Hardy like oddsmakers have him pegged to do.
Are we potentially looking at the end of an era in the welterweight division? St-Pierre has said in the past that if he ever did move to up to middleweight, it would be for good.