Please note that the previous rankings were released on January 23, 2014 and that those rankings will be listed in parenthesis:
~ 1 (1) ~
Chris Weidman is now set to face challenger Vitor Belfort at UFC 173 on May 24th. We will get to see how Weidman fills the shoes of Silva.
~ 2 (2) ~
After his middleweight return except one match, Vitor Belfort strung together three wins to earn a second title shot, this time against Weidman. However, the question is how will he fare against the man who defeated the greatest MMA fighter of all time not once but twice?
~ 3 (3) ~
Anderson Silva is making a surprisingly fast recovery considering the severity of his injury in his recent match. It is quite possible that we may see the Spider fight against sometime in late 2014. Though whether he will be the same fighter is a different question all together.
~ 4 (4) ~
Without a doubt Lyoto Machida’s counter striking game plan paid off against Gegard Mousasi making the case for the next title shot. However, I do believe that the match was closer then the judges scored it. Regardless both men were awarded Fight of the Night honors.
~ 5 (5) ~
Ronaldo Souza’s striking continues to improve as we saw in his recent match against Francis Carmont and his always dangerous ground game. The question now is whether Souza gets the next title shot or will need another win under his belt to secure a shot at the gold strap.
~ 6 (6) ~
As usual, Michael Bisping now has to either put up or shut up in his match up against Tim Kennedy at The Ultimate Fighter Nation Finale.
~ 7 (8) ~
Luke Rockhold moved back into the win column last month against Costas Philippou and is now set to face Tim Boetsch at UFC 172.
~ 8 (7) ~
His successful return to middleweight was spoiled by Lyoto Machida but Gegard Mousasi got a consolation of Fight of the Night honors. However, the division is still filled with intriguing match ups so Mousasi can in no way be considered a non-contender at this point.
~ 9 (9) ~
Mark Munoz doesn’t have anything scheduled at present but it will be certain he’ll be looking for a rebound with a vengeance in his next outing.
~ 10 (10) ~
Though he’s found a new promotional home with World Series of Fighting, there’s still no word when Yushin Okami will make his debut there.
With the recent fights in the weight class, who do you think should get the next title shot? Feel free to leave a comment!