There are currently seven UFC champions in the world. Soon, when the flyweight division is settled, there will be eight.
That's some pretty exclusive company.
The UFC is currently enjoying an era of dominant champions that includes Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, Jose Aldo and Dominick Cruz. Even Junior Dos Santos, one of the promotion's newer champions, has looked dominant in his two title fights.
Sitting outside this group of champions, but not so far away that they blend into the pack, is a group of UFC title contenders. This group of fighters who occupy the fringe of MMA supremacy consist of many elite competitors chomping at the bit, awaiting their time to adorn UFC gold.
Here, we will take a look at the top 10 fighters in this group. The ranking of each title contender will be determined by a combination of their skill, accomplishments and chances of capturing a UFC title.
To be considered a title contender, a fighter's next projected fight must be a title shot. If it is unclear which fighter of a division is next in line, a de facto front-runner will be crowned the contender.
Carlos Condit is not included on this list because of his status as interim welterweight champion.
Let's begin, shall we?