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POLL: Who is the rightful number one contender to the UFC Welterweight Championship?
With rumors floating about regarding a superfight between Welterweight ruler Georges St. Pierre and Middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, many are wondering about the state of the Welterweight Division. Two names have been swirling around at the crest of the discussion. The heavy-handed Johny Hendricks, and the brash Nick Diaz.
Nick Diaz is still on suspension from being busted for marijuana metabolites, and is probably still fuming from a unanimous decision loss to sure-footed striker Carlos Condit. Diaz also only has one victory under his belt since his return, an utter dismantling of former multi-divisional champion BJ Penn. All the same, Diaz makes waves and headlines, and has also earned the ire of St. Pierre on more than one occasion. GSP supposedly possesses a “professional hatred” of the Stockton native, which could make for an interesting grudge match. GSP trainer Firas Zahabi certainly stands behind Diaz/GSP as being the fight to make, as he told MMAjunkie.
“I think Diaz is the guy who deserves it most,” Zahabi said. “His fight with Carlos (Condit) was so close. Who knows? People judge it both ways.”
Meanwhile, Johny Hendricks has been on a tear, racking up a 5 fight winning streak, which includes Knockout Of The Night victories over Martin Kampmann and Jon Fitch, and decision victories over Josh Koscheck and Mike Pierce. Hendricks has only lost once, and has never been finished. Its been said by many MMA pundits that with his National Champion-level wrestling skills and his one-punch knockout power, Hendricks could be the one with the skill-set to overthrow GSP. Famed MMA nutrionist Mike Dolce fully endorses Hendricks getting the title fight over Diaz.
“He hasn’t beaten anybody in the division,” Dolce told MMAfighting. “Nick certainly will be in line soon. He’s got to get a couple of wins. Johny’s got those wins already.”
So what do the Lowkick faithful think should happen to the upper echelon of the Welterweight Division? Should fans finally get the grudge match they were supposed to get with Diaz versus GSP? Will Hendricks get his opportunity to live up to the analyst hype and dethrone St. Pierre? And if GSP vs Silva should come to fruition, should Hendricks and Diaz be the two warriors to face off for a possible interim championship? We hope to hear your opinions!