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1. Jose Aldo
He has barely been in trouble in the UFC/WEC and has outclassed all of his opponents.
2. Cain Velasquez
Between size and skill, he is the most dangerous fighter in the UFC.
3. Jon Jones
Not invincible as some previously thought, but a still a special athlete.
4. Demetrious Johnson
Has added finishing power to his impeccable technique and speed.
5. Renan Barao
He can win a fight in any manner he wishes.
6. Chris Weidman
Proved becoming champ wasn’t a fluke.
7. Anthony Pettis
Lightweight champ is as dynamic as they come.
8. Lyoto Machida
The former 205-pound champ is close to becoming the 185-pound kingpin.
9. Vitor Belfort
Appears unstoppable in two divisions at the moment.
10. Urijah Faber
He only loses to champions and when he does it’s just by a hair.
NOTE: Georges St-Pierre has been removed after he vacated his UFC title and Dominick Cruz would be on the list, but due to his inactivity he has been left off the list.
Honourable mention: Ronaldo Souza, Anderson Silva, Chad Mendes, John Dodson, Johny Hendricks, Joseph Benavidez, Benson Henderson, Junior dos Santos
1. Rory MacDonald
Man on a mission after second career loss.
2. T.J. Grant
Still sidelined with a concussion.
3. Mitch Gagnon
Could move into bantamweight title picture in 2014.
4. John Makdessi
Lost baffling decision to Alan Patrick at UFC 169. He did enough to win.
5. Jordan Mein
Will return against Hernani Perpetuo on April 19.
6. Mark Bocek
Finally set to return against Evan Dunham at the TUF Nations Finale.
7. Ivan Menjivar
Cut by UFC after loss to Hatsu Hioki at TUF China Finale.
8. Sam Stout
Set for a brawl with KJ Noons at the TUF Nations Finale.
9. Nick Ring
Looked great against Caio Magalhaes until he blew out his knee.
10. Roland Delorme
Had a fight with Davey Grant in London cancelled due to a last-minute Grant injury.
Honourable mention: Yves Jabouin, Ryan Jimmo, Antonio Carvalho, Patrick Cote, Jesse Ronson, Ryan Ford, Chad Laprise
1. Cristiane Santos
Explosive power, well-rounded offence, great defence. A scary individual.
2. Ronda Rousey
Proved against McMann that her striking can be deadly too.
3. Cat Zingano
Recovering from knee surgery and the death of her husband. Still No. 1 contender.
4. Alexis Davis
She’s 3-0 in the UFC and closing in on a title shot.
5. Sara McMann
Many believe her fight with Rousey was stopped prematurely.
6. Sarah Kaufman
Scheduled to fight Shayna Baszler at TUF Nations Finale.
7. Jessica Eye
Did well, but fell short against Davis at UFC 170.
8. Miesha Tate
Gave Rousey a tough test UFC 168; faces Carmouche next.
9. Jessica Andrade
The pint-sized Brazilian is on a roll.
10. Barb Honchak
Beat Leslie Smith at Invicta FC 7 to retain flyweight title.
Honourable mention: Michelle Waterson, Amanda Nunes, Leslie Smith, Liz Carmouche, Marloes Coenen, Jessica Aguilar, Joanne Calderwood, Claudia Gadelha, Jessica Penne
1. Cain Velasquez
Recovering from surgery; aiming for November return.
2. Junior dos Santos
Faces Stipe Miocic at UFC 173.
3. Fabricio Werdum
Meets Browne with title shot on the line in April.
4. Travis Browne
Was an absolute savage in 2013. See above.
5. Antonio Silva
Currently on suspension after epic bout with Mark Hunt.
6. Stipe Miocic
Rising contender faces biggest challenge in JDS.
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. Gabriel Gonzaga
Broke hand early in decision loss to Miocic.
Honourable mention: Mark Hunt, Roy Nelson, Ben Rothwell, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Stefan Struve, Matt Mitrione
1. Jon Jones
Headlines UFC 172 against Teixeira, who could be his toughest challenge.
2. Alexander Gustafsson
Demolished Jimi Manuwa in London March 8 to send message to Jones.
3. Glover Teixeira
Has the tools to beat Jones.
4. Rashad Evans
Suffered knee injury that will sideline him for most of 2014.
5. Daniel Cormier
Showed his potential in UFC 170 beat down of Pat Cummins.
6. Phil Davis
A win over Anthony Johnson will keep him in title picture.
7. Vitor Belfort
Middleweight contender fights in two divisions and became the first person to knock out Henderson.
8. Dan Henderson
Looked slow against Shogun until he rearranged his nose with an H-bomb.
9. Chael Sonnen
Preparing for grudge match with Wanderlei Silva.
10. Mauricio Rua
Looked great against Hendo until he got caught and KO’d.
Honourable mention: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Ryan Bader, Anthony Johnson, 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 on May 24 at UFC 173.
3. Vitor Belfort
Pulled out of UFC 173 due to 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 won’t return until 2015.
6. Luke Rockhold
Set to fight Tim Boetsch at UFC 172.
7. Michael Bisping
Meets Kennedy in TUF Nations Finale main event.
8. Gegard Mousasi
Headlines UFC’s return to Germany against Mark Munoz.
9. Tim Kennedy
Wants to shut Bisping up at TUF Nations Finale.
10. Yoel Romero
Coming off three straight impressive knockouts. Fights Brad Tavares next.
Honourable mention: Mark Munoz, Yushin Okami, Alan Belcher, Francis Carmont, C.B. Dollaway, Constantinos Philippou, Tim Boetsch
1. Johny Hendricks
Won the vacant title after five-round classic against Lawler at UFC 171.
2. Robbie Lawler
Fell just short against Hendricks; some scored the fight for him.
3. Rory MacDonald
Beat Demian Maia in exciting UFC 170 tilt.
4. Tyron Woodley
Looked great against Condit.
5. Carlos Condit
Suffered torn meniscus and partially torn ACL at UFC 171 that requires surgery.
6. Hector Lombard
Tossed around Jakes Shields at UFC 171.
7. Tarec Saffiedine
Looked great in UFC debut. Meets Ellenberger at UFC 172.
8. Jake Ellenberger
9. Matt Brown
Headlines UFC Fight Night 40 in Cincinnati against Erick Silva.
10. Dong Hyun Kim
Picked up huge, highlight-reel KO win over John Hathaway.
NOTE: Georges St-Pierre was removed after he vacated his title; Nick Diaz is off the list since he is currently retired.
Honourable mention: Demian Maia, Jake Shields, Rousimar Palhares, Rick Story, Kelvin Gastelum, Stephen Thompson, Mike Pyle, Erick Silva, Ben Askren, Brandon Thatch
1. Anthony Pettis
Rocovering from knee injury; Melendez is next.
2. Benson Henderson
Headlines UFC Fight Night event June 7 against Rustam Khabilov.
3. Michael Chandler
Lost controversial split decision to Alvarez in Bellator 106 classic. Trilogy bout set for May 17.
4. Eddie Alvarez
5. TJ Grant
Still recovering from concussion.
6. Gilbert Melendez
Faces Pettis for title after TUF 20 gig.
7. Josh Thomson
Says he’s contemplating calling it a career after close loss to Bendo.
8. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Close to title shot; fights Rafael dos Anjos April 19.
9. Rafael dos Anjos
10. Nate Diaz
Was a man possessed in his knockout of Gray Maynard.
Honourable mention: Donald Cerrone, Michael Johnson, Jim Miller, Edson Barboza, Myles Jury, Pat Healy, Joe Lauzon
1. Jose Aldo
Was on point in win over Lamas at UFC 169.
2. Chad Mendes
Has won five straight since loss to Aldo.
3. Ricardo Lamas
Had Aldo in trouble in fifth round.
4. Chan Sung Jung
Likely to be on the shelf for most of 2014.
5. Cub Swanson
Headlines Fight Night against Jeremy Stephens June 28.
6. Dustin Poirier
Fights Akira Corassani on April 16. A confusing step down in competition.
7. Frankie Edgar
Headlines TUF 19 Finale against B.J. Penn July 6.
8. Pat Curran
Showed champion’s heart while regaining Bellator title against Daniel Straus; Patricio Friere is next.
9. Nik Lentz
Meets Manny Gamburyan on May 10.
10. Dennis Bermudez
Showed continued improvement on his current six-fight win streak.
Honourable mention: Dennis Siver, Jeremy Stephens, Patricio Friere, Hacran Dias, Hatsu Hioki, Daniel Straus, Rani Yahya
1. Renan Barao
Outclassed Faber at UFC 169.
2. Urijah Faber
Lost by controversial stoppage to Barao, but is still world class.
3. Michael McDonald
Will be on sidelines for a while with hand injury.
4. Raphael Assuncao
Is 6-0 at bantamweight and deserves a title shot.
5. T.J. Dillashaw
Expected to fight Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 173.
6. Eddie Wineland
Demoted to prelims for fight against Johnny Eduardo in May.
7. Yuri Alcantara
Beat a tough Wilson Reis at UFC Fight Night 36 in Brazil.
8. Eduardo Dantas
Submitted Anthony Leone in spectacular fashion at Bellator 111.
9. Takeya Mizugaki
A win over Dillashaw would be fifth straight.
10. Bibiano Fernandes
The ONE FC champ headlines event against Masakatsu Ueda May 2.
NOTE: Dominick Cruz has been removed from the list due to his inactivity.
Honourable mention: Mitch Gagnon, Vaughan Lee, Mike Easton, Ivan Menjivar, Erik Perez
1. Demetrious Johnson
Finished Benavidez in devastating fashion.
2. Joseph Benavidez
Now in no man’s land in two divisions.
3. John Dodson
Pulled out of bout with Scott Jorgensen.
4. Zach Makovsky
Beat Josh Sampo at UFC 170; now 2-0 in the UFC.
5. Ian McCall
Pulled out of fight with Brad Pickett due to injury.
6. John Moraga
Beat Dustin Ortiz by decision at UFC Fight Night 35.
7. Ali Bagautinov
Picked up big win over Lineker at UFC 169.
8. Justin Scoggins
Looked phenomenal in win over Will Campuzano at UFC 171.
9. Jussier Formiga
Submitted Scott Jorgensen in Brazil in his most impressive UFC performance.
10. Brad Pickett
Earned a gritty decision win in London over Neil Seery in his flyweight debut.
Honourable mention: Darrell Montague, John Lineker, Tim Elliott, Louis Gaudinot, Chris Cariaso, Dustin Ortiz, Mamoru Yamaguchi
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