As you may have heard, the 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter, currently airing on a television set near you, features both male and female bantamweight competitors. And that makes sense. At MMA's top levels, the 135-pound division is a tad thin.
No disrespect to Eddie Wineland, but when you've got a guy who is 2-2 in his last four contests fighting for the interim title, you might just be a thin division.
What about those outside the TUF-sphere, though? There's plenty of talent out there, and we here at The Beaten Path intend to help you sniff it out.
We're counting down the top 10 non-UFC bantamweight prospects, and we're not including any of the fighters who appeared on TUF this season. And purely for the sake of simplicity, we're focusing on men only in this particular list.
We're actually doing one of these for each weight class. Feel free to peruse the flyweight list if you wish to catch up.