Note due to inactivity, Chan Sung Jung is currently ineligible for the rankings. Also note the previous rankings (10/14/14) in parenthesis:
1) Jose Aldo (1)
Jose Aldo found himself fighting a closer fight against Chad Mendes than expected and may have shared fight of the year with Mendes. UFC 179 showed that rematches with Aldo are by no means a one sided repeat and one could argue that Mendes actually won the title.
2) Chad Mendes (2)
Some could argue that Chad Mendes got cheated by the judges at UFC 179 but at the same time he didn’t exactly dominate Jose Aldo either.
3) Frankie Edgar (5)
Frankie Edgar believes he earned a rematch against Jose Aldo with his win against Cub Swanson but won’t beg for it. To be fair Dana White did say that Swanson would get the next title shot if he won and his opponent did win, so in theory Edgar should get it.
4) Ricardo Lamas (3)
As with many of the Hispanics descendants at UFC 180, Ricardo Lamas came away victorious in front of the cheering Mexico City crowd.
5) Conor McGregor (8)
Conor McGregor is one of the biggest talkers in the UFC today but in his last outing he backed it up. See if he can again for Dennis Siver. Siver is by no means a slouch and he did rebound from his suspension so once again this is a big test for the Irish smack talker.
6) Cub Swanson (4)
He was promised by Dana White a title shot if he won but Cub Swanson lost to Frankie Edgar so the title shot is currently up for grabs.
7) Nik Lentz (6)
Nik Lentz had a failed attempt with Charles Oliveira to fight but will face Thiago Tavares at UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Saffiedine.
8) Dennis Bermudez (7)
Also in the historic UFC 180 in Mexico City, Dennis Bermudez hoped to gain a rise in the rankings but failed against Ricardo Lamas. Bermudez definitely still has a career and may very well build himself up to a title shot.
9) Dustin Poirier (tied 9)
Dustin Poirier is far from the journeyman fighter that opponent Conor McGregor accused him of being, however he did loose the same.
10) Patricio Freire (tied 9)
For his first title defense, Patricio Freire will be facing former Bellator MMA Featherweight Champion Daniel Straus at Bellator 132. The first title defense is always the hardest as a champion and it is something that Freire will see if he can beat Straus on this time around.