Due to inactivity Cain Velasquez is ineligible for the rankings. Also note the previous rankings on 11//23/14 will be listed in parenthesis:
1) Jon Jones (1)
Jon Jones will finally be defending his championship against Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 in the first UFC pay-per-view of the new year. Cormier could very well be Jones greatest challenge to date considering the fact that Cormier has defeated much larger foes in the past.
2) Demetrious Johnson (2)
With nothing scheduled, Demetrious Johnson has no doubt been enjoying the holiday season and will return in either March or April.
3) Jose Aldo (3)
Jose Aldo is in the same boat as Demetrious Johnson in that he has nothing scheduled and probably won’t fight until late spring.
4) Chris Weidman (4)
Following several delays and injuries, Chris Weidman will be defending his title at UFC 184 on February 28th against Vitor Belfort. This has been a long delayed fight but both men are healthy and Belfort is clean as far as anyone knows of both TRT and any banned substances.
5) Ronda Rousey (5)
Ronda Rousey will be facing top contender Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on February 28th in what could possibly be her greatest challenge to date or Zingano could just be another statistic. However, Zingano’s fighting style is very similar to Rousey’s in several ways to say the least.
6) Anthony Pettis (N/A)
After a triumphant return, Anthony Pettis has several fighters against whom he may defend his title next, though no one has been named. His comeback against Gilbert Melendez was impressive to say the least and shows that champions find a way to win during a match.
7) T.J. Dillashaw (7)
T.J. Dillashaw will get the rematch against Renan Barao after injuries to Dominick Cruz and Raphael Assuncao sided both.
8) Fabricio Werdum (10)
As the Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion, Fabricio Werdum is guaranteed a title shot against Cain Velasquez sometime in March. The method in which he ended his match against Mark Hunt was impressive.
9) Robbie Lawler (N/A)
Robbie Lawler is the UFC Welterweight Champion regardless of how controversial the match was in which he earned it. A trilogy match with Johny Hendricks isn’t likely. Also of note is that the saying “Never leave it in the hands of the judges” once again comes to mind.
10) Renan Barao (8)
Following his successful rebound against Mitch Gagnon, Renan Barao may very well be fighting for the title as the last man standing.
The following fighters received votes for the pound for pound rankings and are contenders: Junior dos Santos and Johny Hendricks.