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1. Jose Aldo
He has barely ever been in trouble 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.
4. Demetrious Johnson
His technique, speed and now finishing power is impeccable.
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. Vitor Belfort
Appears unstoppable in two divisions at the moment.
9. Urijah Faber
He only loses to champions and when he does it’s just by a hair.
10. Ronaldo Souza
Knockout power to go along with perhaps the best jiu-jitsu in all of MMA.
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: Anderson Silva, Chad Mendes, John Dodson, Joseph Benavidez, Benson Henderson, Junior dos Santos
1. T.J. Grant
The closest Canadian to a UFC title shot at the moment.
2. Rory MacDonald
Man on a mission after second career loss.
3. Mitch Gagnon
Could move into bantamweight title picture in 2014.
4. John Makdessi
Meets Alan Patrick at UFC 169.
5. Jordan Mein
Will return in 2014 after long layoff.
6. Mark Bocek
Forced out of UFC 165 injured.
7. Ivan Menjivar
Faces Hatsu Hioki at TUF China Finale.
8. Sam Stout
Back in the win column after dominating Cody McKenzie.
9. Alex Garcia
Made flawless UFC debut; faces Sean Spencer at UFC 171.
10. Yves Jabouin
Suffered tough TKO loss to Eddie Wineland at UFC on FOX 10.
Honourable mention: Nick Ring, Ryan Jimmo, Antonio Carvalho, Jesse Ronson, Sean Pierson
1. Cristiane Santos
Explosive power, well-rounded offence, great defence. A scary individual.
2. Ronda Rousey
Showed more than just a great armbar in win over Tate at UFC 168. Defends title against McMann next.
3. Cat Zingano
Recovering from knee surgery and the death of her husband.
4. Miesha Tate
Gave Rousey a tough test UFC 168; faces Carmouche next.
5. Sara McMann
Headlines UFC 170 against Rousey.
6. Alexis Davis
2-0 in the UFC and could earn title shot with win over Eye at UFC 170.
7. Jessica Eye
Did well in exciting UFC debut against Kaufman. See above.
8. Sarah Kaufman
Lost controversial split decision to Eye at UFC 166.
9. Barb Honchak
Beat Leslie Smith at Invicta FC 7 to retain flyweight title.
10. Jessica Andrade
Absolutely dismantled Rosi Sexton at UFC Fight Night 30.
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 won’t return until late in 2014.
2. Junior dos Santos
Will have to go on big win streak to get another shot at title.
3. Fabricio Werdum
Meets Browne with title shot on the line.
4. Travis Browne
Was an absolute savage in 2013.
5. Antonio Silva
Fought Mark Hunt to a draw in classic then failed drug test.
6. Josh Barnett
Was on the wrong side of some Browne elbows at UFC 168.
7. Stipe Miocic
Rising contender topped Gabriel Gonzaga Jan. 25.
8. Frank Mir
In must-win situation against Alistair Overeem at UFC 169.
9. Gabriel Gonzaga
Broke hand early in decision loss to Miocic.
10. Alistair Overeem
UFC career likely riding on bout with Mir.
NOTE: Daniel Cormier would be on the list but he has officially dropped to light-heavyweight.
Honourable mention: Mark Hunt, Roy Nelson, Ben Rothwell, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Stefan Struve
1. Jon Jones
Headlines UFC 172 against Teixeira, who should be his toughest challenge.
2. Glover Teixeira
3. Alexander Gustafsson
Faces Jimi Manuwa in London March 8.
4. Rashad Evans
Welcomes friend and teammate Daniel Cormier to division at UFC 170.
5. Vitor Belfort
Middleweight contender fights in two divisions and became the first person to knock out out Dan Henderson.
6. Phil Davis
Could be one win from a title shot.
7. Dan Henderson
Was KO’d for first time in career by Belfort; rematch with Shogun is next
8. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Injury troubles have surfaced again.
9. Chael Sonnen
Preparing for grudge match with Wanderlei Silva.
10. Mauricio Rua
Will get second crack at Hendo.
NOTE: Gegard Mousasi would be on the list but he has officially dropped to middleweight.
Honourable mention: Thiago Silva, Ryan Bader, Jimi Manuwa, Emanuel Newton
1. Chris Weidman
Thoroughly dominated Silva twice in 2013.
2. Vitor Belfort
His win over Henderson kept him a contender in his normal weight class.
3. Ronaldo Souza
Faces Francis Carmont on Feb. 15 in UFC Fight Night 36 co-main event.
4. Anderson Silva
Has looked vulnerable in last two bouts.
5. Lyoto Machida
Made a spectacular 185-pound debut. Set to face Gegard Mousasi in February.
6. Michael Bisping
Recovering from serious eye injury but expected to meet Kennedy in April.
7. Luke Rockhold
Finished Constantinos Philippou with a body kick in January main event.
8. Mark Munoz
Was caught with a perfect kick by Machida.
9. Tim Kennedy
Wants to shut Bisping up at TUF Nations Finale.
10. Yoel Romero
A rising contender coming off three straight impressive knockouts.
Honourable mention: Yushin Okami, Alan Belcher, Francis Carmont, Constantinos Philippou, Tim Boetsch
1. Johny Hendricks
Headlines UFC 171 against Lawler with vacant title on the line.
2. Carlos Condit
Bout with Matt Brown at UFC on FOX 9 was cancelled; meets Woodley at UFC 171
3. Robbie Lawler
Has been outstanding since returning to UFC.
4. Rory MacDonald
Faces Demian Maia at UFC 170.
5. Hector Lombard
New contender meets Jakes Shields at UFC 171.
6. Jake Ellenberger
Meets Saffiedine at UFC 172.
7. Tarec Saffiedine
Looked great in UFC debut against Hyun Gyu Lim in Singapore.
8. Tyron Woodley
May earn title shot if he beats Condit.
9. Matt Brown
Back injury forced him out of Condit bout.
10. Demian Maia
In tough against MacDonald.
NOTE: Georges St-Pierre was removed after he vacated his title and Nick Diaz is off the list after announcing his retirement.
Honourable mention: Jake Shields, Rick Story, Dong Hyun Kim, Rousimar Palhares, Martin Kampmann, Ben Askren, Brandon Thatch
1. Anthony Pettis
The new champ is sidelined until the summer with knee injury.
2. Benson Henderson
Edged Thomson on Jan. 25 by razor thin split decision.
3. Michael Chandler
Lost a controversial split decision to Alvarez in Bellator 106 classic. Trilogy bout in works.
4. Eddie Alvarez
Avenged his loss to Chandler and regained his belt, though many felt he lost a close one.
5. TJ Grant
Still recovering from concussion.
6. Gilbert Melendez
Waiting for next fight.
7. Josh Thomson
Says he’s contemplating calling it a career.
8. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Very close to earning a title shot.
9. Rafael dos Anjos
Will face Rustam Khabilov at UFC 170.
10. Nate Diaz
Was a man possessed in his knockout of Gray Maynard.
Honourable mention: Donald Cerrone, Pat Healy, Evan Dunham, Michael Johnson, Jim Miller, Edson Barboza, Jamie Varner, Joe Lauzon, Melvin Guillard
1. Jose Aldo
Meets Lamas in UFC 169 co-main event.
2. Chad Mendes
Outclassed Nik Lentz at UFC on FOX 9.
3. Ricardo Lamas
Finally gets his deserved title shot.
4. Chan Sung Jung
Likely to be on the shelf for most of 2014.
5. Cub Swanson
Working his way back from an elbow injury.
6. Frankie Edgar
Coaches TUF 19 against B.J. Penn.
7. Dustin Poirier
Stopped Diego Brandao impressively at UFC 168.
8. Nik Lentz
Suffered his first loss at featherweight, but went three rounds with Mendes.
9. Jeremy Stephens
Scary new contender at 145.
10. Dennis Siver
Has been impressive since dropping down from lightweight.
Honourable mention: Pat Curran, Patricio Friere, Hacran Dias, Dennis Bermudez, Hatsu Hioki, Daniel Straus, Rani Yahya
1. Renan Barao
Now the official champ, he faces Faber at UFC 169.
2. Urijah Faber
Thrashed McDonald at UFC on FOX 9 impressively to earn short notice title shot.
3. Michael McDonald
4. Raphael Assuncao
Faces Francisco Rivera at UFC 170.
5. T.J. Dillashaw
Dominated a talented Mike Easton at UFC Fight Night 35.
6. Eddie Wineland
Finished Yves Jabouin at UFC on FOX 10.
7. Yuri Alcantara
Meets Wilson Reis at UFC Fight Night 36 in Brazil.
8. Takeya Mizugaki
Always exciting and on a hot streak.
9. Eduardo Dantas
The Bellator champ is one of the best young fighters out there.
10. Bibiano Fernandes
The ONE FC champ is dangerous everywhere.
NOTE: Dominick Cruz would be No. 1 on the list, but due to his inactivity he has been excluded.
Honourable mention: Mitch Gagnon, Mike Easton, Ivan Menjivar, Francisco Rivera, 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. Ian McCall
Welcomes Brad Pickett to the division next.
5. John Moraga
Beat Dustin Ortiz by decision at UFC Fight Night 35.
6. Zach Makovsky
Made impressive UFC debut; faces Josh Sampo at UFC 170
7. Jussier da Silva
Looks to bounce back from loss to Benavidez.
8. Ali Bagautinov
Takes on Lineker at UFC 169 with potential title shot on the line.
9. Darrell Montague
Faces Will Campuzano at UFC 171.
10. John Lineker
Has looked fantastic of late, he must consistently make weight.
Honourable mention: Tim Elliott, Louis Gaudinot, Chris Cariaso, Dustin Ortiz, Mamoru Yamaguchi, Rambaa Somdet
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