Please note that due to inactivity, Dominick Cruz is ineligible for the top 10 rankings. Last ranks were on January 7 and are in parenthesis:
~ 1 (1) ~
Renan Barao’s match against Urijah Faber may have ended questionably but there is no doubting that he deserves the UFC bantamweight championship. The next logical step for Barao would either be a rematch with contender Michael McDonald or a healthy Dominick Cruz.
~ 2 (2) ~
It was a little heartbreaking to watch Faber loose after going 4-0 last year but unfortunately he didn’t really show Herb Dean intelligent defense. The big question now is where Faber goes from here? Perhaps a drop down to flyweight is in order but we will have to wait and see.
~ 3 (3) ~
There’s currently no word as to when Michael McDonald will compete next or against whom he would compete against. Judging from his number two ranking in the UFC contender list, a win or two could rematch McDonald against champion Renan Barao.
~ 4 (4) ~
Eddie Wineland had a good rebound match against Yves Jabouin via TKO on the UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson undercard.
~ 5 (5) ~
The plans for Brad Pickett to drop down to flyweight and face Ian McCall is still on course so next ranking he won’t be listed at bantamweight.
~ 6 (6) ~
Raphael Assuncao was expected to face Francisco Rivera at UFC 170, however a hand injury has forced him out leaving Assuncao without an opponent.
~ 7 (7) ~
For the most part, T.J. Dillashaw was able to control opponent Mike Easton for three rounds and gain a successful rebound victory. Should be able to string together a few wins against opponents ranked higher then himself it’s conceivable he’ll fight for the title by years end.
~ 8 (8) ~
Takeya Mizugaki hasn’t fought since his UFC Fight Night victory on December 7th against Nam Pham and has nothing scheduled soon.
~ 9 (10) ~
Originally Eduardo Dantes was set to defend his title against Rafael Silva but an injury to Silva has set him against Anthony Leone instead. Of note is the fact that Dantes needs to compete in order to remain eligible for the rankings but that shouldn’t be a problem.
~ 10 (N/A) ~
Marlon Moraes is riding a six fight win streak dating back to 2011 and including against the likes of Miguel Torres, Tyson Nam and Chase Beebe. He is now set to compete for the World Series of Fighting bantamweight championship against Josh Rettinghouse.
Stay tuned for further rankings updates as well as the rest of the Best of 2013 awards. Feel free to leave a comment!