Jose Aldo has been running this division since it’s inception in the UFC. The next man that has his chance to dethrone the champ, isn’t even a current featherweight, and therefore won’t even make this list.
There are others like Ricardo Lamas and Chan Sun Jung that should be next in line, but instead they will square off against each other. The featherweight division is starting to shape up, and with that, let’s look over the top 10 featherweights.
Jose Aldo- The champ is 22-1, he has never lost in the UFC (4-0) and has never lost at featherweight. Aldo’s striking in considered some of the best and Anderson Silva has actually said if Aldo was in his weight class that he wouldn’t fight him. Aldo has beat everybody from Urijah Faber to Frankie Edgar and it is going to take a force to take him out…..maybe Anthony Pettis?
(1)Ricardo Lamas- is undefeated inside the UFC octagon and should be getting the next title shot at Aldo. Lamas is 8-2 in his last 10 fights, won 4 in a row, is undefeated at featherweight, and has beaten Matt Grice, Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki and most recently destroyed Erik Koch. Lamas is expected to face Chan Sung Jung on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162.
(2)Pat Curran- is still considered number 3 in my book. Pat Curran is the current Bellator featherweight champion and is known for taking out Joe Warren. Curran is 8-1 under the Bellator banner with his only Bellator loss coming by the hands of Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight championship (no featherweight losses).
(3)Chad Mendes- 13-1 with his only loss to Aldo. Mendes has beaten Michihiro Omigawa, Steven Siler, Erik Koch and Cub Swanson and has shown his dominance in the 145 division. Mendes was expected to face Clay Guida on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7 but is going to be replaced by Darren Elkins to do Guida having to pull out because of injury.
(4)Chan Sun Jung- he is 3-0 in the UFC (all three finishes) and has been out of action since his May 2012 submission win over Dustin Poirier. Jung and Lamas will more than likely fight for the number one contendership at UFC 162.
(5)Cub Swanson- has been on a destructive path since losing via submission to Ricardo Lamas in his UFC debut in 2011. Swanson has won 4 in row with 3 finishes defeating George Roop, Charles Oliveira, Ross Pearson and Dustin Poirier. Swanson’s game has vastly improved and with a couple more wins could be looming in at a rematch with Aldo.
Edgar didn’t make this list. “The Answer” has never won a fight at 145 pounds (0-1) and he has dropped three consecutive bouts.
Guida has only won one so far, and Pettis hasn’t even done that much.
All that was taken into account in the rankings of this division.