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1. Jose Aldo
He has barely ever 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. Georges St-Pierre
He hasn’t looked quite as dangerous in his last two fights.
Not invincible as some previously thought.
5. Anderson Silva
He’s the best of all-time but is he still at the top of his game?.
6. Anthony Pettis
New UFC lightweight champ is as dynamic as they come.
7. Renan Barao
Elite striking, grappling, timing and finishing instinct.
8. Demetrious Johnson
The fastest fighter in MMA and extremely well-round.
9. Joseph Benavidez
He is the best fighter in the UFC that has never been champion.
10. Chris Weidman
Looking to prove becoming champ wasn’t a fluke.
NOTE: Dominick Cruz would be on the list, but due to his inactivity he has been left off the list.
Honourable mention: Benson Henderson, Junior dos Santos, Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes, John Dodson
1. Georges St-Pierre
His future is up in the air after his win over Johny Hendricks.
2. T.J. Grant
Still recovering from concussion, but has looked terrific at 155 pounds.
3. Rory MacDonald
Came up short against Robbie Lawler, but now more determined than ever.
4. Mitch Gagnon
Meets Alex Caceres at UFC Fight Night 33.
5. Jordan Mein
Hasn’t fought since April.
6. Mark Bocek
Forced out of UFC 165 injured.
7. John Makdessi
Knocked out Renee Forte at UFC 165 with precision striking.
8. Ivan Menjivar
Was controlled for much of his UFC 165 bout against Wilson Reis.
9. Yves Jabouin
Beat Dustin Pague in the summer; waiting for new opponent.
10. Ryan Jimmo
Injured his leg in a loss to Jimi Manuwa on Oct. 26 in England.
Honourable mention: Claude Patrick, Nick Ring, Antonio Carvalho, Sam Stout, Alex Garcia, Jesse Ronson, Sean Pierson
1. Cristiane Santos
Explosive power, well-rounded offence, great defence. A scary individual.
2. Ronda Rousey
Looking to hurt Tate after their TUF 18 stint.
3. Cat Zingano
Recovering from knee surgery.
4. Miesha Tate
Will get a second crack at Rousey on Dec. 28 at UFC 168.
5. Sara McMann
Pulled out of scheduled bout with Kaufman.
6. Sarah Kaufman
Lost controversial split decision to Eye at UFC 166.
7. Jessica Eye
Tough 125-pounder did well in exciting UFC debut against Kaufman.
8. Alexis Davis
Looked outstanding in win over Liz Carmouche.
9. Leslie Smith
Meets Barb Honchak at Invicta FC 7 for flyweight title.
10. Jessica Andrade
Absolutely dismantled Rosi Sexton at UFC Fight Night 30.
Honourable mention: Michelle Waterson, Amanda Nunes, Liz Carmouche, Marloes Coenen, Jessica Aguilar, Joanne Calderwood, Claudia Gadelha, Jessica Penne
1. Cain Velasquez
Recovering from labrum injury; could possibly need surgery.
2. Junior dos Santos
Will have to go on big win streak to get another shot at title.
3. Fabricio Werdum
Likely next for Cain.
4. Daniel Cormier
His next bout will be at light-heavyweight.
5. Antonio Silva
Faces Mark Hunt in Australia.
6. Travis Browne
Scheduled for bout against Barnett at UFC 168.
7. Josh Barnett
Looked impressive in win over Mir at UFC 164. See above.
8. Stipe Miocic
Rising contender meets Gabriel Gonzaga in January.
9. Frank Mir
In must-win situation against Alistair Overeem at UFC 169.
10. Gabriel Gonzaga
A win over Miocic would have him in the mix again.
Honourable mention: Roy Nelson, Ben Rothwell, Alistair Overeem, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mark Hunt, Stefan Struve
1. Jon Jones
Teixeira should be his toughest challenge.
2. Glover Teixeira
Jones’s next challenger.
3. Alexander Gustafsson
Faces Jimi Manuwa in London after Lil Nog dropped out.
4. Rashad Evans
Made quick work of Sonnen at UFC 167.
5. Vitor Belfort
Became the first person to knock out out Dan Henderson.
6. Phil Davis
Could be one win from a title shot.
7. Dan Henderson
Headlines a Brazil card against Vitor Belfort next.
8. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Injury troubles have surfaced again.
9. Chael Sonnen
A win over Rashad makes him a contender again.
10. Mauricio Rua
Needs to rebound in a big way after loss to Sonnen.
NOTE: Gegard Mousasi would be on the list but he has officially dropped to middleweight.
Honourable mention: Thiago Silva, Ryan Bader, Jimi Manuwa, James Te-Huna, Emanuel Newton
1. Chris Weidman
Defends title against Silva UFC 168.
2. Anderson Silva
Wants to avenge loss to Weidman.
3. Ronaldo Souza
Faces Francis Carmont on Feb. 15 in UFC Fight Night 36 co-main event.
4. Vitor Belfort
His win over Henderson kept him a contender in his normal weight class.
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 should return in 2014.
7. Luke Rockhold
Headlines Jan 15. card against Constantinos Philippou.
8. Mark Munoz
Was caught with a perfect kick by Machida.
9. Tim Kennedy
Coming off huge KO of Rafael Natal.
10. Yoel Romero
A rising contender coming off two straight impressive knockouts.
Honourable mention: Yushin Okami, Alan Belcher, Francis Carmont, Constantinos Philippou, Tim Boetsch
Barely squeaked out a win over Hendricks; now taking time off.
2. Johny Hendricks
Many thought he beat GSP at UFC 167.
3. Carlos Condit
Looks to end Matt Brown’s win streak at UFC on FOX 9.
4. Robbie Lawler
Was outstanding in decision win over MacDonald.
5. Rory MacDonald
Win over Lawler could earn him a title shot.
6. Hector Lombard
We’ve got a new contender at 170.
7. Jake Ellenberger
Expected to face Tarec Saffiedine in January.
8. Tarec Saffiedine
Has been battling injuries since Strikeforce folded.
9. Matt Brown
Six straight wins earned him a shot against Condit.
10. Tyron Woodley
Finished Josh Koscheck impressively at UFC 167.
Honourable mention: Demian Maia, Jake Shields, Rick Story, Dong Hyun Kim, Rousimar Palhares, Martin Kampmann, Ben Askren, Thiago Alves, Brandon Thatch
1. Anthony Pettis
The new champ is sidelined up to eight months with knee injury.
2. Benson Henderson
Meets Thomson in Jan. 25 main event on FOX.
3. Michael Chandler
Lost a controversial split decision to Alvarez in Bellator 106 classic.
4. Eddie Alvarez
Avenged his loss to Chandler and regained his belt, though many felt he lost.
5. TJ Grant
Will have to wait for title shot as he recovers from concussion.
6. Gilbert Melendez
Beat Diego Sanchez in classic at UFC 166.
7. Josh Thomson
Now faces Henderson after Pettis pulled out of UFC on FOX 9.
8. Khabib Nurmagomedov
His win over Healy at UFC 165 put him in title shot conversation.
9. Rafael dos Anjos
Has won five straight and just beat Donald Cerrone.
10. Donald Cerrone
Looked like a new man in win over Evan Dunham.
Honourable mention: Gray Maynard, Pat Healy, Evan Dunham, Gleison Tibau, Nate Diaz, Jim Miller, Jorge Masvidal, Jamie Varner, Edson Barboza, Melvin Guillard
1. Jose Aldo
Meets Lamas in UFC 169 co-main event.
2. Chad Mendes
Faces Nik Lentz at UFC on FOX 9.
3. Ricardo Lamas
Finally gets his deserved title shot.
4. Chan Sung Jung
Likely will be on the shelf a long time after UFC 163 loss to Aldo.
5. Cub Swanson
Could be out with an elbow injury for an extended period of time.
6. Frankie Edgar
Coaches TUF 19 against B.J. Penn.
7. Dustin Poirier
Faces Diego Brandao at UFC 168.
8. Erik Koch
Needs to bounce back from loss to Poirier.
9. Nik Lentz
Unbeaten at featherweight and underrated.
10. Jeremy Stephens
Scary new contender at 145.
Honourable mention: Pat Curran, Dennis Siver, Patricio Friere, Hacran Dias, Dennis Bermudez, Hatsu Hioki, Daniel Straus, Rani Yahya
1. Renan Barao
Looks to unify his belt with Cruz’s at UFC 169.
2. Urijah Faber
Meets McDonald at UFC on FOX 9 with possible title shot on the line.
3. Michael McDonald
4. Raphael Assuncao
Looked great in decision win over Dillashaw.
5. T.J. Dillashaw
Expected to face Mike Easton at UFC Fight Night 35.
6. Eddie Wineland
Looked solid against Barao before getting caught.
7. Yuri Alcantara
Looked good early against Faber.
8. Brad Pickett
Preparing to drop to flyweight.
9. Eduardo Dantas
The Bellator champ is one of the best young fighters out there.
10. Bibiano Fernandes
Beat Soo Chul Kim at ONE FC 11.
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, Takeya Mizugaki, Erik Perez
1. Demetrious Johnson
Looks for second win over Benavidez.
2. Joseph Benavidez
Earned a rematch with Mighty Mouse.
3. John Dodson
Welcomes Scott Jorgensen to the 125-pound division.
4. Ian McCall
Had to pull out of a fight with Scott Jorgensen.
5. John Moraga
Pulled out of fight with .
6. Darrell Montague
Got caught at UFC 166.
7. Jussier da Silva
Looks to bounce back from loss to Benavidez.
8. Ali Bagautinov
Outclassed Elliott at UFC 167.
9. Tim Elliott
Meets Ali Bagautinov at UFC 167.
10. John Lineker
Has looked fantastic of late; stopped Phil Harris in England; he must make weight.
Honourable mention: Louis Gaudinot, Chris Cariaso, Darren Uyenoyama, Dustin Ortiz, Mamoru Yamaguchi, Rambaa Somdet, Yasuhiro Urushitani
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