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Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.
There wasn't a lot of movement this month, but expect big changes ahead. April is set to potentially be a big shake up for featherweights across the rankings landscape.
#1 Jose Aldo will defend his title and position as the 145lbs fighter in the world on April 24th as the WEC makes their first foray into the pay-per-view market. He'll defend his title against WEC poster boy #3 Urijah Faber in Faber's hometown of Sacramento, California.
American Top Team's #2 Mike Brown also returns to action at WEC 48 when he'll take on the Armenian tank in #8 Manny Gamburyan. Both Brown and Gamburyan are coming off of wins, with defeats over Anthony Morrison and #14 Leonard Davis, respectively.
#4 Hatsu Hioki remains in the fourth spot, but currently has no fight planned for the future.
DREAM Featherweight Champion #5 Bibiano Fernandes recently defend his title at DREAM.13 where he bested #24 Joachim Hansen by split decision in the main event. The fight was close, but Fernandes was able to land takedowns with consistency throughout the fight.
#6 Michihiro Omigawa jumps two spots and returns to action soon against ATT's Micah Miller at ASTRA's inaugural event in Tokyo, Japan on April 25th. The Yoshida Dojo representative last saw action at K-1's New Year's Eve show with a thrilling first round stoppage over #22 Hiroyuki Takaya.
Top ten talent clash as Nova Uniao product #7 Marlon Sandro is scheduled to battle #9 Masanori Kanehara at Sengoku 13. That event is scheduled for June 20. Kanehara last saw action against former featherweight king Norifumi Yamamoto at K-1's Dynamite New Year's Eve card where the Sengoku champion won by unanimous decision. After a controversial split decision loss to Omigawa, Sandro has rattled off two consecutive wins against the underrated #15 Yuji Hoshino and Tomonari Kanomata.
Lastly, #10 Rafael Assuncao stays in the top ten but drops for spots from his previous number 6 positioning. The featherweight Assuncao brother is coming off of a loss to #3 Urijah Faber at WEC 46.
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