Welterweight

July 4th, 2016
Gabe Killian

There’s a new MacDonald in the life of Canada’s “Red King” Rory MacDonald. The former UFC welterweight title challenger welcomed a baby girl into the world early Sunday morning. MacDonald’s head coach at Montreal’s TriStar Gym broke the news on social media via Twitter: “Welcome to @rory_macdonald and Olivia’s new arrival. God bless! Rory you…

November 24th, 2015
Gabe Killian

Former UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks was a guest on today’s episode of MMA Junkie Radio, where he made a couple of revelations. When co-host George Garcia (AKA “Gorgeous George”) started digging deep with questions during his first ‘A Little Birdie Told Me’ segment, things got really interesting. “Bigg Rigg” admitted to being offered last…

August 29th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics   After the Lightweights, the next most populous and most frequently competed division is at Welterweight. It’s one of the legacy divisions that’s been around forever, and since the retirement of dominant champion Georges St-Pierre, it’s be given a recent makeover. So let’s see how this large and diverse division stacks up. We’ve…

May 14th, 2015
Reed Kuhn

By @fightnomics   This weekend at the UFC’s debut in the Philippines, the biggest Welterweight matchup in history will take place. Literally. Neil Magny and Hyun Gyu Lim have two of the longest wingspans in the Welterweight division, and they are set to face off at UFC Fight Night 66 in Manila. The 160 inches…

February 4th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

With UFC Fight Night 59, UFC on Fox 14, UFC 183 and Bellator 132 taking place these past three weeks, the MMAOddsBreaker rankings were bound to get shaken up. MMA Oddsbreaker’s Brian Hemminger (@BrianHemminger) and Brad Taschuk (@BradTaschuk) have taken over the reigns of the rankings, which are updated after nearly every UFC event. As…

January 9th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

With UFC 182 and UFC Fight Night 58 taking place these past few weeks, the MMAOddsBreaker rankings were bound to get shaken up. MMA Oddsbreaker’s Brian Hemminger (@BrianHemminger) and Brad Taschuk (@BradTaschuk) have taken over the reigns of the rankings, which are updated after nearly every UFC event. As always, we only show changes in…

August 25th, 2014
Gabe Killian

UFC Fight Night 48 and 49 were live this past Saturday (August 23, 2014) from Macau, China and Tulsa, Oklahoma for another UFC double-header featuring a combined 21 fights and 12 finishes. With the event in our rear-view, here are my matchmaking predictions for some of the competitors of the evening… All-Welterweight Edition Tyron Woodley…

July 23rd, 2014
Brian Hemminger

With UFC Fight Night 45 and 46 taking place last week, the MMAOddsBreaker rankings were bound to get shaken up. MMA Oddsbreaker’s Brian Hemminger (@BrianHemminger) and Brad Taschuk (@BradTaschuk) have taken over the reigns of the rankings, which are updated after nearly every UFC event. As always, we only show changes in the rankings with…

July 2nd, 2014
Miguel

This coming Friday (July 4, 2014), veteran Michael Katsidis returns to the ring in his hometown of Toowoomba, Australia to take on The UK’s Graham Earl for the vacant German World Boxing Union Light Welterweight title. The books have Katsidis a massive (-2000) favorite over Graham, who is returning around 10 to 1 at (+1000)….

June 17th, 2014
Brian Hemminger

With UFC Fight Night 42 and UFC 174Finale taking place over the past two weeks, the MMAOddsBreaker rankings were bound to get shaken up. MMA Oddsbreaker’s Brian Hemminger (@BrianHemminger) and Jason Nawara (@JasonNawara) have taken over the reigns of the rankings, which are updated after nearly every UFC event. As always, we only show changes…

June 2nd, 2014
Brian Hemminger

With UFC Fight Night 41 and The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale taking place this past weekend, the MMAOddsBreaker rankings were bound to get shook up.  MMA Oddsbreaker’s Brian Hemminger (@BrianHemminger) and Jason Nawara (@JasonNawara) have taken over the reigns of the rankings, which are updated after every UFC event. As always, we only show…

May 26th, 2014
Brian Hemminger

With UFC 173 and Bellator 120 taking place the last twoweeks, the MMAOddsBreaker rankings were bound to get shook up.  MMA Oddsbreaker’s Brian Hemminger (@BrianHemminger) and Jason Nawara (@JasonNawara) have taken over the reigns of the rankings, which are updated just about after every UFC event. As always, we only show changes in the rankings…

May 12th, 2014
Brian Hemminger

With UFC 172 and UFC Fight Night 40 taking place the last three weeks, the MMAOddsBreaker rankings were bound to get shook up.  MMA Oddsbreaker’s Brian Hemminger (@BrianHemminger) and Jason Nawara (@JasonNawara) have taken over the reigns of the rankings, which are updated just about after every UFC event. As always, we only show changes…

April 23rd, 2014
Brian Hemminger

With a high profile UFC 172 event taking place this weekend, it’s high time the official MMAOddsBreaker rankings were updated. I apologize for slacking and we’ll hopefully be back to updating them after every UFC event again.  MMA Oddsbreaker’s Brian Hemminger (@BrianHemminger) and Jason Nawara (@JasonNawara) have taken over the reigns of the rankings and…

April 3rd, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 115 lightweight Sam Oropeza as he prepares for his tournament bout on Friday night (April 4, 2014) against Andrey Koreshkov at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The current Las Vegas resident is riding a four-fight knockout streak, but his power wasn’t something that came naturally: “When…

March 12th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 112 welterweight Nah-Shon Burrell as he prepares for his tournament quarterfinal bout on Friday night (March 14, 2014) against Adam McDonough at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Editor’s note: This interview took place when Burrell was expecting to fight War Machine. We focused on his non-War Machine-related…

March 11th, 2014
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 112 welterweight Jesse Juarez as he prepares for his tournament quarterfinal bout on Friday night (March 14, 2014) against Adam McDonough at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The talented former top prospect has some of the best wrestling in Bellator’s welterweight division and he’s not going to…

December 23rd, 2013
Brian Hemminger

With a high profile UFC on Fox 9 event taking place last week, the MMAOddsBreaker rankings were bound to get shook up.  MMA Oddsbreaker’s Brian Hemminger (@BrianHemminger) and Jason Nawara (@JasonNawara) have taken over the reigns of the rankings, which will now be updated after every UFC event. As always, we only show changes in…

December 3rd, 2013
Adam Martin.

In one of the more surprising free agent signings in MMA in quite some time, prized (or maybe not prized?) welterweight free agent Ben Askren has agreed to join ONE FC, according to a report from BloodyElbow.com after whispers of him signing there emerged in the last few days. According to MMAFighting.com, which confirmed Askren…

November 28th, 2013
Miguel

Earlier this month, Bellator MMA relinquished the rights to its welterweight titleholder Ben Askren. Askren had finished the final fight on his contract with the promotion and his style and attitude led Bellator to let him walk. Despite that, he is currently ranked number five in the world in the weight class. As Bellator promoter Bjorn Rebney…

November 20th, 2013
Brian Hemminger

With multiple events taking place in the last few weeks, the MMA Oddsbreaker rankings were bound to see some shake-ups, and that’s exactly the case in this update, as multiple weight classes saw some major movement. MMA Oddsbreaker’s Brian Hemminger (member of official UFC rankings panel) and Jason Nawara (MiddleEasy editor) have taken over the…

November 4th, 2013
Staff

With multiple events taking place in the last few weeks, the MMA Oddsbreaker rankings were bound to see some shake-ups, and that’s exactly the case in this update, as multiple weight classes saw some major movement. This time around, it’s the light heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight and lightweight divisions that see some major shifts. Without further…

October 19th, 2013
Miguel

The Bellator 104 event came to us from U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa last night (Oct. 18, 2013), and the big news is that welterweight tournament finals for November 22nd, 2013 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania are set. In the tournament’s first match, Ron Keslar took it to MMA veteran ‘War Machine’, busting him up…

October 18th, 2013
Gabe Killian

UFC 166 Date: Octber 19, 2013 Arena: Toyota Center City: Houston TX Welterweight bout: Hector “Lightning” Lombard (-160) vs Nate “The Great” Marquardt (+150) Fight Breakdown: The UFC 166 preliminary card on FOX Sports 1 will feature a welterweight bout between two former champions, when former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard squares off against former…

October 18th, 2013
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 104 welterweight Ron Keslar as he prepares for his season nine welterweight tournament semifinal bout on Friday night (Oct. 18, 2013) against War Machine at U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The American Top Team fighter He improved his grappling. He’s been taking guys down, pounding them…

October 17th, 2013
Frank Trigg

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 104 welterweight Rick Hawn as he prepares for his season nine tournament bout on Friday night (Oct. 18, 2013) against Brent Weedman at U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The former United States judo Olympian has already faced Weedman before, defeating him via decision in the season…

October 11th, 2013
Staff

With a pair of events taking place in the last few weeks, the MMA Oddsbreaker rankings were bound to see some shake ups, and that’s exactly the case in this update, as every weight class sees some sort of change. Also of note, we’re switching to a top 10-based format for all weight divisions rather…

October 10th, 2013
Miguel

Last night’s (Oct. 9, 2013) UFC Fight Night 29 event from Brazil featured a main event between two fighters looking to ascend in the welterweight division. In the headlining bout, Jake Shields was able to win a close split decision over hometown fighter Damian Maia, scoring a major significant win for a foreigner on Brazilian…

October 9th, 2013
Gabe Killian

UFC Fight Night 29 Date: October 9, 2013 Arena: Jose Correa Arena City: Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil Welterweight bout: Demian Maia (-270) vs Jake Shields (+235) Fight Breakdown: The main event for UFC Fight Night 29 will be a welterweight contest between two veterans of the sport that will likely determine the next contender for…

October 9th, 2013
Gabe Killian

UFC Fight Night 29 Date: October 9, 2013 Arena: Jose Correa Arena City: Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil Welterweight bout: Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim (+225) vs Erick Silva (-245) Fight Breakdown: The UFC Fight Night 29 co-main event is a welterweight match-up between veteran Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim and rising prospect Erick Silva. Kim…

October 9th, 2013
Gabe Killian

UFC Fight Night 29 Date: October 9, 2013 Arena: Jose Correa Arena City: Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil Welterweight bout: Igor Araujo (+275) vs Ildemar Alcantara (-335) Fight Breakdown: The preliminary card for UFC Fight Night 29 features a welterweight match-up between two Brazilians when Igor Araujo goes toe to toe against Ildemar Alcantara. Araujo is…

September 20th, 2013
Brian Hemminger

If Ben Saunders had it his way, he’d be fighting every other month. So it’s no big surprise he’s been crawling up the walls waiting for his Bellator season eight tournament final opponent Douglas Lima to heal up injuries. Saunders was so anxious to stay active he even tried multiple times to get a tune-up…

September 20th, 2013
Brian Hemminger

Everyone thought Rick Hawn was done with the welterweight division. The former United States Judo Olympian was a finalist in the Bellator season four 170 pound tournament, losing a controversial decision to Jay Hieron, but he reestablished himself as a lightweight, winning the season six tournament, although he came up short in his title fight…

June 20th, 2013
Miguel

After going 1-2 in his first three UFC fights at Middleweight, Hector Lombard is heading to the Welterweight division. It would seem like a wise move for the Cuban fighter, who has heard the call to drop a weight class periodically throughout his career; however because of his strength and explosiveness he has always felt…