Please note that due to inactivity, Dominick Cruz is currently ineligible for the rankings. Also note that due to a rare tie for tenth, this month’s list will actually include eleven fighters in the rankings. Lastly, rankings are done by a panel and last months rankings are in parenthesis:
~ 1 (1) ~
Renan Barao is now set to face TJ Dillashaw at UFC 173 on May 24th. Considering Dillashaw is a Team Alpha Male teammate of Urijah Faber’s, this fight should be interesting. Can Dillashaw learn from Faber’s experience or will Barao continue his dominance as champion?
~ 2 (2) ~
At present Urijah Faber doesn’t have anything scheduled but one could expect he’ll help train teammate TJ Dillashaw for his title fight.
~ 3 (3) ~
With Renan Barao facing TJ Dillashaw in the main event at UFC 173 on May 24th, the most logical step for Michael McDonald would be to win a rebound fight or two and earn a title shot rematch against the reigning UFC Bantamweight Champion.
~ 4 (4 tied) ~
Many are saying that Assuncao should have gotten the title shot against Renan Barao but an injury has postponed any title shot he’ll get.
~ 5 (4 tied) ~
A win against opponent Johnny Eduardo at UFC Fight Night 40 may propel Eddie Wineland back into the bantamweight title picture May 10.
~ 6 (6) ~
T.J. Dillashaw finds himself in an opportunity that he needs to make the best of and training at Team Alpha Male needs to count for May 24.
~ 7 (9) ~
With former scheduled opponent T.J. Dillashaw facing Renan Barao, Takeya Mizugaki has to settle for Francisco Rivera at UFC 173 May 24.
~ 8 (10) ~
Bibiano Fernandes is now set to defend his One FC Bantamweight Championship for the first time at One FC 15 against Masakatsu Ueda.
~ 9 (N/A) ~
Despite loosing his last three fights, Mike Easton is getting one more chance in the Octagon at UFC 174 against Yves Jabouin on June 14.
~ 10 (tied) (7) ~
Eduardo Dantas is set to defend his belt at Bellator 119 on May 2 against Joe Warren and then will face Rafael Silva later this year.
~ 10 (tied) (8) ~
There’s no doubt that Marlon Moraes dominated his fight against Josh Rettinghouse but he also learned firsthand how tough Rettinghouse really is despite kicks. Regardless Moraes pulled off the win and won the inaugural World Series Of Fighting Bantamweight Championship.
~ Contenders ~
The following fighters received votes and are contenders in the banatamweight division:12) Iuri Alcantara 13) Erick Perez, Francisco Rivera.