Jose Aldo. Pic by SHERDOG.COM -click for source- Credit: Dave Mandel

Please note that Dennis Siver was suspended on March 15th due to a positive substance test and as a result is ineligible for the rankings. Also note that the rankings are voted on by a panel of MMA Freak writers. Lastly the previous rankings (2/21/14) are in listed parenthesis:

~ 1 (1) ~

Jose Aldo

With the super fight against Anthony Pettis scrapped, Jose Aldo currently has nothing scheduled. The most logical opponent would be former title challenger and current UFC number one contender Chad Mendes in a title rematch. He has certainly earned it in my opinion.

~ 2 (2) ~

Chad Mendes

Chad Mendes currently has nothing scheduled. One can only assume that he’ll get the title rematch with Jose Aldo as the next logical step. If that is not the case then he should at least get a title contenders match where the winner would get the next crack at champion Aldo.

~ 3 (3) ~

Ricardo Lamas

Following his title loss to Jose Aldo, Ricardo Lamas can only expect a rebound match. More then likely it’ll be against a top 10 or 15 guy.

~ 4 (4) ~

Cub Swanson

Cub Swanson is currently expected to face Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 43 on June 28th. A win could earn him a possible title shot.

~ 5 (8) ~

Frankie Edgar

The plans for Frankie Edgar’s trilogy match with BJ Penn is still on track following their upcoming coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter.

~ 6 (7) ~

Clay Guida

Clay Guida is currently on track for his match with Tatsuya Kawajiri at UFC Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on April 11th.

~ 7 (tied) (5) ~

 Chan Sung Jung

The “Korean Zombie” has been out of action since his UFC 163 loss to Jose Aldo for the title. A rebound match has long been overdue.

~ 7 (tied) (N/A) ~

Nik Lentz

Nik Lentz is expected to face Manny Gamburyan at UFC Fight Night 40 on May 10, 2014 at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.

~ 9 (N/A) ~

Dustin Poirier

Rising prospect Dustin Poirier’s next match is expected to be against Akira Corassani at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale on April 16th.

~ 10 (10) ~

Pat Curran

There were many who believed that Pat Curran did not earn the right for an immediate rematch and as a result his trilogy with Daniel Straus at Bellator 112 was met with some criticism. However, despite the controversy he rose to the occasion and reclaimed his championship.

~ Contenders ~

The following fighters received votes for the featherweight rankings this month and are listed as contenders: Jeremy Stephens, Daniel Straus.