USAT/SBN March MMA Consensus Rankings: Bantamweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Dominick Cruz 98 WEC 4
2 Brian Bowles 95 WEC 1
3 Joseph Benavidez 92 WEC 5
4 Miguel Torres 88 WEC 2
5 Masakatsu Ueda 78 Shooto 3
6 Scott Jorgensen 76 WEC 6
7 Takeya Mizugaki 69 WEC 7
8 Rani Yahya 63 WEC 9
9 Damacio Page 59 WEC 8
10 Wagnney Fabiano 51 WEC 10
11 Akitoshi Tamura 51 WEC 11
12 Charlie Valencia 50 WEC 11
13 Antonio Banuelos 44 WEC 18
14 Masakazu Imanari 40 DEEP 13
15 Eddie Wineland 37 WEC 14
16 Abel Cullum 32 KOTC 16
16 Jeff Curran 32 XFO 17
18 Yoshiro Maeda 19 DREAM NR
19 Brad Pickett 18 WEC 15
20 Chase Beebe 17 DREAM NR
21 Cole Escovedo 16 DREAM 24
22 Clint Godfrey 15 WEC 21
23 Frank Gomez 13 WEC 22
24 Atsushi Yamamoto 12 DEEP NR
25 Mike Easton 12 UWC 26

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

The Hardcore Gym is no longer at the top. They've been defenestrated by a footwork king from California.

There's a new champion and his name is #1 Dominick Cruz. The Alliance Gym bantamweight outclassed the seemingly overmatched (albeit also injured) #2 Brian Bowles at WEC 47 this month. After two rounds of dynamic angles, head and trunk movement as well as a frustrating jab, Bowles was getting picked apart. The fight was stopped after two rounds when it was determined Bowles could not continue due to a broken hand. While WEC 47 scored poorly in the ratings, expect Cruz to headline or co-headline a fight for his next title defense.

#4 Miguel Torres paid for his lame Chuck Norris jokes with a beatdown at the hands of #3 Joseph Benavidez. Benavidez saw his stock rise as well as his ranking from his previous number five spot whereas Torres dropped two spots from the number two position. It's been suggested Benavidez should get a rematch with Cruz (who defeated Benavidez once already), but there's been no word from WEC management.

In a huge upset, #5 Masakatsu Ueda recently lost his Shooto Featherweight title to Shuichiro Katsumura by guillotine choke in the second round at "The Way of Shooto 2". The relatively inactive Ueda seems to have paid for his ring rust by the respected but often unheralded (and unranked) Katsumura.


#6 Scott Jorgensen stays put at number six despite absolutely throttling Chad George at WEC 47. The former Boise State wreslter finished off George early in the first round with a ten-finger guillotine that lifted George off of his feet and rendered him unconscious. That makes three wins in the WEC in a row for Jorgensen. He is set to return to the cage against #13 Antonio Banuelos at WEC 48.

In what should be an interesting fight to watch due to clash of styles, #7 Takeya Mizugaki returns to the blue cage to face #8 Rani Yahya at WEC 48 (on the undercard). Mizugaki last competed at WEC 45 where he lost by unanimous decision to #6 Scott Jorgensen.

Greg Jackson-product #9 Damacio Page drops one spot in the rankings and for now loses his chance to increase his positioning. Originally slated to compete at WEC 48 against #13 Antonio Banuelos, he was forced to withdraw due to injury. No word on his return date yet.

And #10 Wagnney Fabiano rounds out the top ten, still coasting on his first bantamweight win at WEC 46 over the outmatched Clint Godfrey.

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