I tried to answer this for myself, but I had a really tough time deciding. So I wussed out and left it to all of you to answer. Also, I'm leaving out the Featherweight, Bantamweight, and Flyweight divisions. I honestly didn't believe anyone would have picked either of these. If I'm wrong, my mistake. I just think they still have some growing to do, that's all.
Heavyweight Division - The champ has one title defense under his belt, but might be close to already clearing out his division with a 2nd win over Cain Velasquez. The only exception: Alistair Overeem. Outside of that, the division gets pretty thin pretty fast. Shane Carwin is back, but a win over Roy Nelson won't exactly put him in the front of the contender line. Not to mention he was already battered and bloodied by current champ JDS. Frank Mir always seems to be close to the top, but he's never able to do much once he gets there. Either that or he's simply overmatched. Daniel Cormier could make a big statement with a win over said Mir, but he seems to be more focused on Jon Jones right now. Plus his best buddy Cain could potentially win the title, and where would that leave us? There's always Roy Nelson, but like Carwin he's already been battered by the champ, and he doesn't seem to take the sport seriously enough to make a title run. Big Nog is returning, which is always good news, but we'll see if he can make the long climb back. The good news is he's facing Dave Herman, who has potential but seems to care less than even Roy Nelson. Struve is still young, but I don't see him ready for any top Heavyweights any time soon. Stipe is undefeated, we'll see what he does against Struve. Even with a win he's still a few wins away from a shot. There's also Travis Browne, but I feel the same about him that I do about Stipe. I need to see more. If I'm forgetting anyone that may potentially stand out for a shot, please, call me out.
Light Heavyweight Division - The champ here has three title defenses, soon to be four unless a huge upset occurs. On his way to grabbing the title he took out everyone in front of him, including then prospect Ryan Bader and champion at the time, Shogun. Since winning that title he's taken out Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, and former pal Rashad Evans. Rampage now wants to leave, and Rashad's talked about fighting at 185. Lyoto managed to take a round before getting choked unconsious. So who is left? Well, next is Vitor Belfort, who was simply in the right place at the right time. Dan Henderon is healing up, but I don't know if he can afford to get an older. Chael just moved up, but he has some work to do if he wants to be taken seriously as a legit contender. Forrest has other things on his mind. Bader seems to be a middle of the pack guy, as well as Lil Nog, Kingsbury, and Davis. Yes, Phil Davis. I just need to see more of him before I crown him a future champion. The Goose takes on Shogun in a big fight for the division, which will either basically be Shogun's last chance or it will leave the door open for Shogun Jones 2. Lyoto gave Jones his toughest fight, but after beating Bader he needs another big win before getting another shot. I say Rashad Lyoto 2. Glover could be a potential beast though, but I don't know what he offers Jones that others don't. Current Middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva just moved up, but its just for a quick visit to send Bonnar into retirement.
Middleweight Division - Anderson Silva has ruled this division for 6 years and has even stepped outside the division here and there. Including UFC 153, where he'll step up again and take on Stephan Bonnar. Meanwhile, Chael just left the division after losing to Silva for the 2nd time. He doesn't seem to thrilled with who is left to fight at 185. And after he fights at 205 he may potentially fight GSP at catchweight. So while that goes on, Weidman, Boetsch, Bisping, and Stann are all fighting for a title shot that may not come anytime soon. And I don't have any reason to believe that Silva couldn't dispose any of them with ease. Possibly all back to back. Jake Shields ruled Strikeforce's Middleweight division and wants to attempt to do the same here. A win over Ed Herman puts him in the right direction, but he still has a lot to do. Mark Munoz is out for a year due to injury. Leben returns, which is good news, but he's not anywhere close to a title shot.
Welterweight Division - Like Middleweight, the Welterweight division has been ruled for several years. GSP won the title in 2008 and has held onto it. Next in line is Carlos Condit. A smart fighter, but I don't see him being the one who takes the title from GSP. Nick Diaz is still on suspension, and while I don't particularly like him, I miss him. I wanted him to fight GSP. I wanted GSP to ragdoll Nick like Rory did Nate. Instead he was suspended for a year. I look forward to him coming back. He won't get an immediate shot against GSP, but it would only take a single win to get there. BJ Penn and Hughes are still here, but BJ needs to either retire or drop back down to 155. I don't see Penn being able to do much against Rory, and Hughes hasn't retired. He's just "on the shelf". Speaking of Rory, the guy is possibly the future of the division, though some may argue its Silva. Koscheck is in a rough spot, he's lost two lopsided fights to GSP. Kampann and Hendricks are fighting to possibly determine the next number one contender, but I can't really get excited about either potential fight. And if GSP wins, they might not get a chance anyway. Not if the GSP / Anderson Silva rumors are true. And I hope they are.
Lightweight Division - Champion Ben Henderson has one title defense under his belt. And even though it's a questionable one, he's still the champ. Edgar is gone now, having dropped to more shallow waters at 145. Nate Diaz is next in line, and he's improved a ton in his last two fights. I don't think many expected him to treat Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller the way he did, he dominated those fights. Is he ready for Ben Henderson? Other notables at 155 include Cerrone, who is expected to face Pettis in what should be, at least on paper, awesome. Gray Maynard seems to have better chance of a future shot now that Frankie is gone. He's set to face Joe Lauzon. Melvin Guillard was once on track for a title shot but then went on to lose 3 of 4. The division is littered with guys who were on track, only to stumble. This is due to the depth of the division. To add to it, Diego Sanchez is making his return at 155. Evan Dunham was reeled off two straight wins, and George Sotty must feel like he's on cloud nine. Despite losing two straight, he managed to get a gig coaching The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes.
Again, if I left anyone out, that's my mistake. I just started writing and this is what came up. Luckily we get to enjoy all the divisions, so we will never have to choose. But which is your favorite?