This is a hotly contested subject among many in the MMA community.
Like the AFC vs. NFC debate in football, Eastern vs. Western conferences in basketball, and the AL vs. NL in baseball, MMA has a constant and ever-changing debate over which weight class is the deepest and which one has the best fighters.
This is always a tough one to nail down, as you have to look at how many fighters are ready for a title shot, which fighters are just a few wins away, and just how good that division's champion is to make a legitimate claim to which division is really the best.
So to make this debate as fair as possible, here are the three sections that I have broken these fighters into.
Champion - This one is really self explanatory. Who is the champion, and how good is he?
Contenders - This category is a little tougher, but I decided to make this category the fighters who, with a win in their next fight, are a legitimate choice for a title shot. This also includes the fighter currently scheduled to fight for the title, who will be underlined.
On the Cusp - This is the hardest category. I decided not to put a cap on how many fighters were allowed to be in this category, so for some you will see very few (BW has the fewest), and some you will see a lot (WW is has far and away the most on the cusp fighters).
These are guys who could legitimately get a title shot down the road, but they will need at least two wins to get up or back to that level. Some guys who are coming off of a title shot will be in this category if they will need at least two more wins to get a title shot (like Jake Shields and Josh Koscheck).
Now, time to start a list that will likely be criticized by every person who reads it.