As the hours wain down until UFC 171, the state of the welterweight division will be drastically changed come fight night. A new champion will be crowned and a new contender will rise. If UFC 171 is anything, it’s an opportunity. One that was limited by long reigning and now retired UFC Welterweight Champion George St. Pierre. As it stands now, there are four welterweight bouts on the card, three of which are featured on the main card. Also, seven of the eight welterweights are ranked in the Top 15. It’s almost like UFC 171 is a mini tournament, although the UFC has dubbed the co-main event as a number one contender fight.
Now, I have no disagreements if Carlos Condit wins that he should be in line, but if Tyron Woodley wins, I’m not so sure he deserving, pending the results of all the other fights of course. For example, what if Jake Shields defeats Hector Lombard? He not only just beat Tyron Woodley (on paper), but he’s defeated Demian Maia, Yoshihiro Akiyama and arguably Ed Herman (failed a drug test, bout turned No Contest) during a four fight stretch. Again though, there are countless possibilities that will unravel following UFC 171. Anyways, I’ll quickly access for each bout what a win means for both fighters