Jose Aldo retained his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight title little more than one week ago (Feb. 2, 2013) at UFC 156, holding off a late Frankie Edgar surge to win a five-round decision unanimously in their "super" 145-pound showdown (watch video highlights here).
"Scarface," therefore, remains the unquestioned best fighter in his class in all of mixed martial arts (MMA).
But, what about the rest of the pack? Below is a list of the SB Nation top 10 for UFC, as well as every other major MMA promotion, as compiled by MMAmania.com, MMA Fighting and Bloody Elbow.
Have a look at the updated UFC / MMA Featherweight rankings:
- Jose Aldo
- Chad Mendes
- Ricardo Lamas
- Frankie Edgar (tied for third)
- Chan Sung Jung
- Pat Curran
- Dustin Poirier
- Dennis Siver
- Cub Swanson
- Clay Guida
Featherweight is one of the most difficult divisions to crunch at the moment because there are several unique variables.
For example, a case can be made for Edgar to be ranked as the consensus No. 2 fighter after turning in such a competitive performance against Aldo. Further, he would most likely be favored to win against every fighter on this list sans the Brazilian who remains on top of it.
However, "The Answer" has never won a fight at 145 pounds (0-1) and he has dropped three consecutive bouts, even though the other two are close decisions to Lightweight champion Ben Henderson. Still, top-ranked fighters need to win fights, and Edgar has not done that for a very long time.
Last, and certainly not least, the man who will receive the next crack at Aldo's belt, Anthony Pettis, is noticeably absent from the list. That's because "Showtime" remains the 155-pound No. 1 contender behind Gilbert Melendez and his upcoming tilt against Aldo is considered a one-off "super" fight ... for now (read more on that here).
Alright Maniacs, you've heard from us, now let's hear from you. The top 10 MMA fighters at 145 pounds are ... ?