~ (1)Renan Barao (30-1, 1 NC) ~
He is currently the interim UFC bantamweight champion. Barao’s record speaks for itself. He has won 20 straight fights since his NC and hasn’t actually lost an MMA fight since his first professional fight. Barao is scheduled to face Eddie Wineland next at UFC 161.
~ (2)Dominick Cruz (19-1) ~
Due to injuries, we have not seen Cruz since his victory with (at the time Bantamweight challenger, now flyweight champion) Demetrious Johnson back at UFC Live Cruz vs. Johnson on October 1, 2011. Wishing the champ well, we hope to see his return soon, hopefully sometime in 2013.
~ (3)Michael McDonald (15-2) ~
McDonald recently suffered a loss at the hands of the current bantamweight champion, Renan Barao, via submission (arm triangle choke) spoiling his plans to be the youngest UFC champion of all time. That loss snapped an 8 fight win streak. McDonald is still very young at just 22 years old. Look for this kid to become a superstar in this weight class as he matures.
~ (4)Urijah Faber (27-6) ~
Arguably the biggest name in the division, Faber has only won 2 of his last 4 fights yet to put a winning streak together. As he continues to be a fan favorite, many people would like to see Faber put a two fight win streak together by beating Scott Jorgensen, when the two meet at the Tuff Finale 17.
~ (5)Eddie Wineland (20-8-1) ~
After dropping two losses in a row, Wineland is starting to put things together and is currently boasting a 2 fight win streak. He is currently set to face the current UFC bantamweight interim champion Renan Barao at UFC 161.
~ (6)Scott Jorgensen (14-6) ~
Jorgensen went 3-5 since joining the UFC. His aggressive style makes him entertaining to watch. Be sure to watch as he looks to put a two fight winning streak together when he faces Urijah Faber at the Tuff Finale 17.
~ (7)Brad Pickett (22-7) ~
Pickett lost a very close split decision to Eddie Wineland at UFC 155. He will look to get back on the saddle against Mike Easton at UFC on Fuel TV 9.
~ (8)Tyson Nam (12-4) ~
Fighting all over for many organizations like Elite EX, King of the Cage, and WSOF, we have yet to see him enter the octagon. Recently, Nam had his 4 fight win streak snapped by Marlon Moraes being KO’d (high kick and punches). Keep your eyes peeled for this up and comer.
~ (9)Raphael Assuncao (19-4) ~
Holding a 3 fight winning streak, Assuncao is looking to really makes waves in the bantamweight division. Watch for this fighter to record his fourth straight victory soon, and he very well may be the next shot at the UFC bantamweight title.
~ (10)Eduardo Dantas (15-3) ~
He is currently the Bellator bantamweight champion. Since winning the Bellator bantamweight championship, he took a fight outside the promotion at Shooto Brazil 33: Fight for BOPE II where he had his 7 fight winning streak snapped by Tyson Nam via KO (Punch). Since the Nam fight, he successfully defended his Bantamweight championship at Bellator 89 winning via KO (Punches).