UFC 165 Results: Top 10 Bantamweights in the UFC

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2013

UFC 165 Results: Top 10 Bantamweights in the UFC

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    UFC 165 saw a shakeup in the bantamweight division with its title fight and a couple other scraps. When the night was over, Renan Barao retained his belt with a beautiful stoppage win over Eddie Wineland.

    With the 135-pound division light on talent, it's important the UFC continues to build it with talented fighters. Some of its best fighters have moved to flyweight, leaving a foggy remnant of a division in the aftermath.

    With that, let's take a look at the top 10 bantamweights in the UFC.

10. Yuri Alcantara

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    Last Fight: Decision loss vs. Urijah Faber

    Next Fight: TBD

    Brazilian Yuri Alcantara looked pretty invincible leading into UFC Fight Night 26, but a loss to Urijah Faber brought him back to reality. That's nothing to be ashamed of, though, as Faber can make a lot of guys look normal.

    Alcantara is powerful and technical, two things that, when put together, make a fighter very successful. I think in the near future, you could see the Brazilian crack the top five.

9. TJ Dillashaw

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    Last Fight: Knockout win vs. Hugo Viana

    Next Fight: vs. Raphael Assuncao at UFC Fight Night 29

    TJ Dillashaw is one of the reasons Team Alpha Male is undefeated since the addition of coach Duane Ludwig. Dillashaw is undefeated since his UFC debut loss to John Dodson and rapidly climbing the 135-pound ladder.

    A wrestler by trade, Dillashaw has shown off his powerful striking lately. His last two wins over Hugo Viana and Issei Tamura showed he doesn't need to take the fight to the mat to be successful.

    Dillashaw has Raphael Assuncao next in a bout that could throw either man into the top five.

8. Brad Pickett

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    Last Fight: Submission loss vs. Michael McDonald

    Next Fight: TBD

    Brad Pickett is one of the reasons British MMA is getting so much respect these days. He is well-rounded and successful thanks in part to his work with American Top Team.

    He took a setback in his most recent fight, but that shouldn't matter too much. Michael McDonald has been a buzzsaw at 135, taking out top talent left and right. Unfortunately, Pickett was one of the men McDonald took out.

    For now, we await the return of "One Punch," as he has no fight scheduled.

7. Takeya Mizugaki

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    Last Fight: Decision win vs. Erik Perez

    Next Fight: TBD

    Takeya Mizugaki has clawed his way through setbacks to earn his spot in the top 10. The Japanese veteran has fought some of the best the division has to offer, but it's come with mixed results.

    Mizugaki is one of the few Japanese fighters that have found success in the UFC. Many of them earn their way in and fizzle under the spotlight, but Mizugaki has had a solid shelf life thus far.

    His win over Erik Perez was impressive. Another win could have him in the title hunt.

6. Raphael Assuncao

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    Last Fight: Submission win vs. Vaughan Lee

    Next Fight: vs. TJ Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night 29

    The move to 135 has been a positive one for Raphael Assuncao, as he is on the brink of a title shot. Of course, a fight with TJ Dillashaw is first and will be a great test.

    Assuncao's striking has developed nicely, as previous to that he was purely a grappler. His tenure in the UFC has been far more fruitful than that of his brother Junior.

    Win or lose in his next outing, Assuncao has solidified himself as one of the sports best 135ers.

5. Eddie Wineland

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    Last Fight: Knockout loss vs. Renan Barao

    Next Fight: TBD

    Eddie Wineland is fresh off a title shot at Renan Barao; unfortunately for him, he did not walk out of that fight with the belt or a victory.

    Wineland has nothing to be ashamed of, as Barao has been destroying everything in his path. However, that title loss means he probably won't see another championship fight for some time.

    He was not a fan of the stoppage, but that's neither here nor there.

4. Michael McDonald

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    Last Fight: Submission win vs. Brad Pickett

    Next Fight: vs. Urijah Faber at UFC on Fox 9

    Michael McDonald is young, successful and dangerous; those are three things that will give him lasting power at the top of the 135-pound division.

    His last performance against Brad Pickett showed great things for the young fighter. Not only did he run rampant over Pickett on the feet, but he also tapped him out with a beautiful triangle choke.

    He could get another crack at Renan Barao if he can get past Urijah Faber at UFC on Fox 9.

3. Urijah Faber

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    Last Fight: Decision win vs. Yuri Alcantara

    Next Fight: vs. Michael McDonald at UFC on Fox 9

    If he's not in a title fight, don't expect Urijah Faber to lose. The only times Faber has ever lost have been in title fights, something he earns quite often.

    Faber is the ultimate definition of well-rounded. His wrestling is top-notch, his striking is crisp and his submission grappling is quite underrated.

    He has a nice test in the form of Michael McDonald next. It will be the old guard vs. the new blood.

2. Dominick Cruz

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    Last Fight: Decision win vs. Demetrious Johnson

    Next Fight: TBD

    It's been almost two years since Dominick Cruz last competed, so it was a tough call including him in the rankings. However, he is the champion and deserves some recognition. 

    Cruz's knee injuries have temporarily derailed his career, and he has some ground to cover when he eventually returns. It's a shock that the title hasn't been stripped off him due to his long layoff.

    It's going to be interesting to see how he eventually fares against Renan Barao.

1. Renan Barao

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    Last Fight: Knockout win vs. Eddie Wineland

    Next Fight: TBD

    Renan Barao is the new juggernaut of the bantamweight division. It was a job left to him by Dominick Cruz when he went down with his injuries.

    Barao has been nothing short of dominant in his UFC tenure. He hasn't lost since his debut back in 2005. 

    Beating Eddie Wineland was a nice feat on Saturday night. Now he awaits his next challenger, as he remains the true champion of 135 pounds.