Recovering from shoulder surgery; meets Werdum at UFC 180 in Mexico.
2. Junior dos Santos
Hand injury forced him out of May 31 Stipe Miocic fight.
3. Fabricio Werdum
Dominated Browne to earn title shot and TUF Latin America coaching spot.
4. Travis Browne
Was humbled by Werdum, but still a future title contender.
5. Antonio Silva
Currently on suspension after testing for elevated levels of testosterone.
6. Stipe Miocic
One or two wins from being in the title discussion.
7. Josh Barnett
Was on the wrong side of some Browne elbows at UFC 168.
8. Alistair Overeem
Win over Mir was huge for his career.
9. Frank Mir
Has now lost four straight.
10. Roy Nelson
KO’d Big Nog with a perfect punch.
Honourable mention: Mark Hunt, Gabriel Gonzaga, Ben Rothwell, Brendan Schaub, Soa Palelei
1. Jon Jones
Was ultra impressive against Teixeira.
2. Daniel Cormier
Made Dan Henderson look like an amateur at UFC 173.
3. Alexander Gustafsson
Demolished Jimi Manuwa in London March 8 to send message to Jones.
4. Glover Teixeira
Was too one-dimensional against Jones at UFC 172.
5. Rashad Evans
Suffered knee injury that will sideline him for most of 2014.
6. Anthony Johnson
Toyed with Davis for three rounds at UFC 172.
7. Phil Davis
Couldn’t take Johnson down and was tentative on the feet.
8. Dan Henderson
Should move back down to middleweight if he wants to keep fighting.
9. Ryan Bader
Knockout power and great wrestling means he’s always a threat.
10. Chael Sonnen
Preparing for grudge match with Wanderlei Silva.
Honourable mention: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Ovince St. Preux, Mauricio Rua, Quinton Jackson, Fabio Maldonado, Emanuel Newton
1. Chris Weidman
Machida will be an interesting stylistic challenge for him.
2. Lyoto Machida
Meets Weidman for title at UFC 175.
3. Vitor Belfort
Pulled out of fight with Weidman due to Nevada’s new TRT standards.
4. Ronaldo Souza
Showed how dominant he can be on the ground against Francis Carmont.
5. Anderson Silva
On the road to recovery, but likely won’t return until 2015.
6. Luke Rockhold
Submitted Tim Boetsch at UFC 172.
7. Tim Kennedy
Dominated Bisping at TUF Nations Finale.
8. Michael Bisping
Faces Cung Le in Macau in August main event.
9. Yoel Romero
Has been a revelation at 185 pounds.
10. Costas Philippou
Knocked out Lorenz Larkin viciously in last outing.
Honourable mention: Gegard Mousasi, Mark Munoz, Yushin Okami, Francis Carmont, C.B. Dollaway, Alan Belcher
1. Johny Hendricks
Recovering from bicep surgery but will defend title in 2014.
2. Robbie Lawler
Finished Jake Ellenberger at UFC 173; faces Matt Brown in title eliminator.
3. Rory MacDonald
Lots on the line against Woodley at UFC 174 in Vancouver.
4. Tyron Woodley
5. Carlos Condit
Underwent surgery to repair torn meniscus and partially torn ACL suffered at UFC 171.
6. Hector Lombard
Meets Kim August.
7. Dong Hyun Kim
On a roll. See above.
8. Matt Brown
Put on masterful showing against Erick Silva. Win over Lawler guarantees him a title shot.
9. Tarec Saffiedine
Looked great in UFC debut, but is injured far too often.
10. Demian Maia
Welcomes Alexander Yakovlev to the UFC May 31.
Honourable mention: Thiago Aves, Jake Ellenberger, Jake Shields, Rousimar Palhares, Rick Story, Kelvin Gastelum, Stephen Thompson, Mike Pyle, Ben Askren, Brandon Thatch
1. Anthony Pettis
Recovering from knee injury; Melendez is next.
2. Benson Henderson
Headlines UFC Fight Night event June 7 against Rustam Khabilov.
3. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Coming off dominant win over Rafael dos Anjos.
4. TJ Grant
Still recovering from concussion.
5. Gilbert Melendez
Faces Pettis for title after TUF 20 coaching stint.
6. Michael Chandler
Is coming off back-to-Lost controversial split decision losses to Alvarez and Will Brooks.
7. Eddie Alvarez
Injury forced him out of trilogy bout with Chandler.
8. Josh Thomson
Returns to face Michael Johnson in July.
9. Rafael dos Anjos
Was overwhelmed by Nurmagomedov.
10. Nate Diaz
In a feud with the UFC.
Honourable mention: Donald Cerrone, Michael Johnson, Jim Miller, Myles Jury
1. Jose Aldo
Defends title in UFC 176 main event against Mendes.
2. Ricardo Lamas
Meets Hacran Dias June 28.
3. Chad Mendes
Finally earned desired rematch with Aldo.
4. Cub Swanson
Headlines Fight Night against Jeremy Stephens June 28.
5. Dustin Poirier
Has been on fire since a short-notice loss to Swanson.
6. Chan Sung Jung
Likely to be on the shelf for most of 2014.
7. Frankie Edgar
Headlines TUF 19 Finale against B.J. Penn July 6.
8. Pat Curran
Injury has postponed his rematch with Patricio Friere.
9. Nik Lentz
Coming impressive win over Manny Gamburyan.
10. Dennis Bermudez
Looks to extend his current six-fight winning streak when he meets Clay Guida in July.
Honourable mention: Dennis Siver, Jeremy Stephens, Patricio Friere, Hacran Dias, Hatsu Hioki, Daniel Straus, Clay Guida
1. T.J. Dillashaw
Shocked the world at UFC 173.
2. Renan Barao
Was dropped by Dillashaw early and was a half-step behind for the entire fight.
3. Urijah Faber
Faces Alex Caceres at UFC 175 in puzzling matchup.
4. Michael McDonald
Will be on sidelines for a while with hand injury.
5. Raphael Assuncao
Holds a win over the new champ and deserves a title shot.
6. Takeya Mizugaki
Winning five straight in the UFC if no joke.
7. Iuri Alcantara
Meets Vaughan Lee in Berlin.
8. Eduardo Dantas
Submitted Anthony Leone in spectacular fashion at Bellator 111.
9. Bibiano Fernandes
Defended ONE FC belt against Masakatsu Ueda May 2.
Upset Eddie Wineland with a huge KO.
Honourable mention: Eddie Wineland, Mitch Gagnon, Vaughan Lee, Mike Easton, Ivan Menjivar, Erik Perez
1. Demetrious Johnson
Headlines UFC 174 in Vancouver.
2. John Dodson
A win over Moraga could put him in line for a second title shot.
3. Joseph Benavidez
Submitted Elliott with outstanding guillotine.
4. Zach Makovsky
Now 2-0 in the UFC. Faces Jussier Formiga next.
5. Ian McCall
Fight with Brad Pickett is back on.
6. John Moraga
Dodson will be a tough challenge.
7. Ali Bagautinov
Looking to upset Mighty Mouse.
8. Justin Scoggins
Returns at TUF 19 Finale against Dustin Ortiz.
9. Jussier Formiga
Faces Makovsky at UFC 176.
10. Kyoji Horiguchi
The Japanse star has worlds of potential.
Honourable mention: Chris Cariaso, Brad Pickett, Darrell Montague, John Lineker, Tim Elliott, Louis Gaudinot, Dustin Ortiz
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