The State of the UFC Bantamweight Division

The bantamweight division puts on the best fights every time.  The title fight between Cruz and Faber is set to headline a major UFC pay per view card.  I think this division is in great shape and will only get better.  Mark my words: fans will come to love these lighter weight guys.   These guys will be every bit of the stars that the bigger guys are.

Champion: Dominick Cruz
Top Contenders:
1. Urijah Faber
2. Miguel Torres
3. Brian Bowles
4. Joseph Benavidez
5. Demetrious Johnson

The Next Tier
1. Scott Jorgensen
2. Eddie Wineland
3. Brad Pickett
4. Kid Yamamoto
5. Takeya Mizugaki

Middle of the Pack:
1. Ivan Menjivar
2. Charlie Valencia
3. Antonio Banuelos
4. Damacio Page

Top Prospects:
1. Michael McDonald
2. Renan Barao
3. Nick Pace

The bantamweight have everything to make a great division.  They have a great champion in Cruz.  They have a mega star in Urijah Faber.  They have serious competition at the top with Brian Bowles, Joseph Benavidez and Miguel Torres.  All three of those guys are legit contenders.  Also, the division boasts two of the sport’s best prospects in Michael McDonald and Renan Barao.  Also, consider that the division is likely to add some talent through the Ultimate Fighter season 14.

This division is in great shape and will only get better.  I am looking forward to some great potential fights.

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