November 29, 2012

UFC Bantamweight Power Rankings (November 2012)

By Michael Ford Subscribe to Articles by Michael Ford

Champion: Dominick Cruz

Recent Record: 2 - 0; Recent Finishes: 0
Last Fight: UFC Live on Versus 6; Next Fight: TBA

Interim Champion: Renan BarĂ£o

Recent Record: 4 - 0; Recent Finishes: 1
Last Fight: UFC 149 ; Next Fight: TBA

*LastFighterRecent RecordFecent FinishesStreakOverall RecordLast FightNext Fight
4 - 0
Won 5
15 - 1
3 - 0
Won 3
13 - 1
2 - 1
Won 2
22 - 6
2 - 2
Lost 1
26 - 6
4 - 1
Won  1
25 - 9

With a champion who hasn't fought in over a year, and an interim champion who is not scheduled to fight, this division has remained in a holding pattern for far too long. Urijah Faber, the would-be face of the division, lost his most recent bid for the title, and though he'd be favored against most fighters at the top tier of the weight class, instead draws one of the lower-ranked fighters in the division for his next fight. With a win at UFC on Fox 5, Mike Easton will equal the 4-0 UFC record sported by Michael McDonald, though not his highlight reel. The always exciting Brad Pickett and Eddie Wineland will square off at the end of the month, but both men have yet to truly cement their names and their fame in the eyes of casual fans, and would need to do so before being seriously considered as title challengers. Having said that, Pickett might be ready for a shot in his native England, where his hometown appeal might go the extra mile, but unless "One Punch" can replicate the explosive results of his last fight, he'll likely remain under the radar.

November Fights:
Ivan Menjivar vs. Azamat Gashimov, UFC 154
Jeff Hougland vs. Takeya Mizugaki, UFC on Fuel 6
Alex Caceres vs. Motonobu Tezuka, UFC on Fuel 6

December Fights:
Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton, UFC on Fox 5
Scott Jorgensen vs. John Albert, UFC on Fox 5
Hugo Viana vs. Rueben Duran, TUF 16 Finale
Johnny Bedford vs. Marcos Vinicius, TUF 16 Finale
Brad Pickett vs. Eddie Wineland, UFC 155
Erik Perez vs. Byron Bloodworth, UFC 155

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