Featherweight (136lbs. – 145lbs.)
1 Jose Aldo
When it comes to being an unstoppably explosive striker, he picked up where Anderson Silva left off.
2 Manny Gamburyan
It seems impossible for him to beat Aldo. Then again, did anyone think he’d beat Brown?
3 Bibiano Fernandes
His two losses? Faber and Kid Yamamoto. Since then, he’s been unbeatable in DREAM.
4 Mike Brown
He learned how Faber felt to be knocked out by him when Gamburyan knocked him out.
5 Urijah Faber
A move down to bantamweight is forthcoming after Aldo and Brown decisively proved to be his superiors.
6 Marlon Sandro
New champion Sandro set the MMA community abuzz with his quick knockout of former champ Kanehara in June.
7 Michihiro Omigawa
He’s the only man to beat Sandro, though it was by “must decide” split decision.
8 Josh Grispi
After quickly forcing LC Davis to submit, the question must be asked: will this 21-year-old be the one who beats Aldo for the title?
9 Hatsu Hioki
The Shooto veteran has seen his career come full circle, return to the organization to beat Takeshi Inoue for the lightweight (143lbs.) title.
10 LC Davis
Until the Grispi fight, he had done very well in WEC, beating Taurosevicius, Nunes, and Vazquez.
11 Diego Nunes
He followed up his only career loss – to Davis – by earning a split decision against Assuncao.
12 Joe Soto
Bellator season 2 featherweight tournament winner Joe Warren will be Soto’s toughest test to date.
On the brink: Masanori Kanehara (Sengoku, 15-7-5), Raphael Assuncao (WEC, 14-3-0), Leonard Garcia (WEC, 14-5-1)