Thursday, 08/30/2012, 12:25 pm

ESPN Ranks the Bantamweights; Big Drop for Champion

ESPN released their latest 135 pound rankings. The Bantamweights stack up well against each other overall, but the top three spots continue to be locked down by Urijah Faber, UFC Interim Champion Renan Barao, and Champion Dominick Cruz.

One of the biggest drops in the list was Eduardo Dantes who slid from number five down to number nine. The Bellator Champion found himself unconscious on the receiving end of a KO. Dantes competed in a Shooto fight that got little coverage if any at all. Despite the loss, he gets to keep the belt, but the knockout was damaging to his image and stock as a champion.

Here is the complete list:

1 Dominick Cruz 19-1-0

2 Renan Barao 29-1-0

3 Urijah Faber 26-6-0

4 Michael McDonald 15-1-0

5 Brian Bowles 10-2-0

6 Bibiano Fernandes 11-3-0

7 Eddie Wineland 19-8-1

8 Brad Pickett 21-6-0

9 Eduardo Dantas 14-3-0

10 Chris Cariaso 14-3-0

Do you agree?


19 Responses to “ESPN Ranks the Bantamweights; Big Drop for Champion”

  1. gabe says:

    Um, Chris Cariasco is a flyweight now

  2. Me says:

    Not a bad list but I see Michael Mcdonald ahead of Faber and I see Miguel Torres ahead off Eduardo and Chris

  3. Reg says:

    I like how you put Dominic’s picture up even though he wasnt the champion with the big drop to get more hits.

  4. edub says:

    Dantas does not belong on the list anymore. He was just knocked out in the first round. Jorgensen, the kid who beat Stone and Albert back to back, and Easton belong ahead of both Cariaso and Dantas.

  5. The natural says:

    How’s there a big drop for champ he’s at # 1
    Stupid headline

  6. Matt G says:

    You forgot about mike Easton.

  7. The Human Piranha says:

    Everything about this article is fu king stupid as fuck. Shit picture. Shit piece.

  8. The Human Piranha says:

    Fuck fuck

  9. Dragon says:

    10. Erik Perez

  10. Dragon says:

    10. Erik Perez

  11. Ryan kelly says:

    Ya but I think renan is going to be number 1 after he fights Cruz

  12. magoo says:

    Steven Siler should be on the bottom 10 some where, he’s looked incredible his last 3 fights.

  13. Myron Gains says:

    Tyson should be ahead of Dantas. Shitty rankings are shitty

  14. Remained NAMe-less says:

    I just love how the author for this article refused to recognize fellow Hawaii fighter Tyson Nam, only because Tyson beat someone in the Penn camp in the past.

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