Note due to inactivity, Chan Sung Jung is currently ineligible for the rankings. Also note the previous rankings (9/14/14) in parenthesis:
1) Jose Aldo (1)
Jose Aldo is on course to defend his title against Chad Mendes at UFC 179 on October 25th. He may then face upstart Conor McGregor as stated by Dana White who believes that McGregor makes the most sense as Aldo’s next championship challenger.
2) Chad Mendes (2)
He’s had to wait a while, but Chad Mendes will get his second shot at the featherweight belt and Jose Aldo at UFC 179 on October 25th.
3) Ricardo Lamas (3)
Ricardo Lamas will be facing Dennis Bermudez on November 15th at UFC 180 in the historic first UFC event in Mexico City, Mexico.
4) Cub Swanson (4)
It will have been an almost five month layoff for Cub Swanson when he faces former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar on November 22nd. While there are talks of Conor McGregor leapfrogging to the front of the title picture, a win over Edgar could line Swanson up.
5) Frankie Edgar (5)
Frankie Edgar will face Cub Swanson on November 22nd in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson in Austin, Texas. While Edgar has already faced Jose Aldo before and Conor McGregor may get next dibs, a win over Swanson could give him next shot.
6) Nik Lentz (6)
There is currently nothing scheduled for Nik Lentz at the present time, but he should still be considered a force to be reconned with.
7) Dennis Bermudez (8)
Dennis Bermudez is on a seven fight winning streak and a win over Ricardo Lamas could propel him into the featherweight title talks. One of Dana White‘s comments was that the featherweight division lacks top fighters that Jose Aldo has not faced in previous defenses.
8) Conor McGregor (N/A)
His victory at UFC 178 against Dustin Poirier not only thrust Conor McGregor ahead in the rankings but also into a possible title shot.
9) (tied) Dustin Poirier (7)
Dustin Poirier may have lost to Conor McGregor but that doesn’t make him a journeyman as McGregor referred to him prior to the fight. If anything else at age 25, Poirier must still be considered an up and comer in the sport just as McGregor is an up and coming fighter.
9) (tied) Patricio Freire (10)
Under the new Bellator format, Patricio Freire probably won’t defend his new featherweight championship until sometime in 2015.
The following fighter received votes and as a result is considered a contender in the featherweight division: 11) Jeremy Stephens