UFC on Fuel 7 Results: Top 10 Bantamweights in the UFC

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UFC on Fuel 7 Results: Top 10 Bantamweights in the UFC
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UFC on Fuel 7 featured two of the world's finest bantamweight mixed martial artists in the night's main event, and the 135-pound fighters did not disappoint the London crowd.

Interim champion Renan Barao and hugely hyped youngster Michael McDonald engaged in a back-and-forth war for four rounds before Barao proved exactly why the belt belongs in Brazil. He sank in a deep arm-triangle choke that forced the 22-year-old McDonald to tap. 

McDonald, too, saw moments of success in the fight thanks to his stone fists, and he hurt Barao early but failed to seal the deal, which ultimately resulted in his demise. 

The young American slowed late, and Barao slowly found his groove and began to pick McDonald apart on the feet before securing the fight-ending choke. 

In all, the fight was phenomenal, and it showed both fighters belong firmly at the top of the heap at 135 pounds. 

Just where, though? 

Start the slideshow to see where the night's winner and loser find themselves in the division's pecking order after Saturday's action. 

Note No. 1: Somebody pretty important is missing from this list: the champion. Dominick Cruz has not fought since October 2011, and while his reasons are legitimate, I cannot justify his placement in the top 10 until I see him in action again. 

Note No. 2: Recent performances weigh heavily in my eyes, but a career's worth of work is better than a recent big win. With that in mind, I try to balance out a fighter's potential with his actual proven results to determine where he stands.

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