Due to inactivity, Michael McDonald is ineligible for the rankings. Also that the previous rankings (10/20/14) are listed in parenthesis:
1) T.J. Dillashaw (1)
T.J Dillashaw currently has nothing scheduled but his next likely opponent due to injuries is Renan Barao who recently rebounded. Dominick Cruz is out with an ACL injury and Raphael Accuncao is recovering from ankle surgery due to an injury there.
2) Renan Barao (2)
After a successful rebound win against Mitch Gagnon, Renan Barao may have found himself back in title contention by injury default.
3) Dominick Cruz (8)
Dominick Cruz has once again injured his ACL which will sideline him and derail his automatic title shot against T.J. Dillashaw again. This is unfortunate considering Cruz’s triumphant return against Takeya Mizugaki but there are just somethings that cannot be helped.
4) Urijah Faber (3)
With an impressive submission over Francisco Rivera at UFC 181, Urijah Faber closed 2014 with a bang with great potential in 2015.
5) Raphael Assuncao (4)
Raphael Assuncao recently underwent ankle surgery and as a result is also out of the next title shot against T.J Dillashaw in early 2015. As the only fighter at bantamweight with a win over Dillashaw, a match up between the two would be intriguing and very marketable.
6) Takeya Mizugaki (6)
There is currently no word as to when Takeya Mizugaki but with all the injuries to top contenders he might be in the title hunt with a win.
7) Marlon Moraes (7)
Marlon Moraes currently has nothing scheduled but expect him to defend his title within the next few months against an unnamed fighter. As World Series of Fighting does prioritize title bouts he should get a match soon assuming they can find a legitimate contender.
8) Eduardo Dantes (N/A)
In his first fight of 2015, Eduardo Dantes will be fighting Mike Richman at Bellator 135 on March 27th. This is the beginning of Dantes’ path to build his way back to a title shot.
9) Bibiano Fernandes (9)
Bibiano Fernandes currently has nothing scheduled as does One Fighting Championship in general. There’s no shortage of contenders in the constantly growing talent pool in the top MMA promotion in Asia as more talent is being discovered on a regular basis.
10) Joe Warren (10)
After becoming Bellator’s first two division champion, Joe Warren defends his title at Bellator 135 against Marcos Galvao on March 27th. This will be the real test for Warren as he never actually defended his featherweight title, but that was at a higher weight class.
The following received votes and are considered contenders: Eddie Wineland, Johny Eduardo, Bryan Caraway, and Iuri Alcantara.