The SB Nation rankings panel has moved on from the Women's P4P mishmash and stepped over to the 145-pound division. The top dog in this division is well-established and no one can take that away from him right now. After August 3rd it might be a different story. But for now, it's the Jose Aldo show at featherweight.
As usual, our panel consists of two members from each of the three SB Nation MMA sites - Ariel Helwani and Dave Doyle from MMA Fighting; Thomas Myers and Brian Hemminger from MMA Mania; and finally, Dallas Winston and yours truly from Bloody Elbow. Check out the fancy chart below to see where we had everyone at:
(Scoring: Fighters are given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for a second, etc., down to one point for 10th place. The results are then tallied up and presented here. Official SB Nation rankings policy: Fighters under commission suspension are ineligible to be ranked during the duration of their suspension or if they have licensing issues. This does not affect any featherweight fighters under consideration at the moment).
I know there are going to be questions about this right away, so I'll just say it now - I forgot to rank Pat Curran. I completely spaced out when I sent my picks in, and didn't look at my last set of picks beforehand. I apologize for that. Somewhat fortunately, it wouldn't have changed anything even if I did rank him. I would have had him at 7, which would have given him four more points and he would still be ranked in the seven spot overall. And everyone else would be the same below him as well.
As stated above, Aldo reigns atop the division and has for a long time. Former challenger Chad Mendes holds down the number two spot, while former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar sits at three, tied with Ricardo Lamas. The next challenger for Aldo, Chan Sung Jung, is at five. Cub Swanson is in the six spot. All six panelists saw two through six differently, but the division is so cluttered right now that there's not much to choose between all five men. I think it sorted out rather well overall.
Curran sits at number seven, while Dustin Poirier grabbed the eight spot. The final two spots went to Clay Guida and Nik Lentz, who tied for the number nine spot. Three other men received votes but couldn't crack the top ten.
Upcoming matchups for ranked fighters
Jose Aldo (1) vs. Chan Sung Jung (5) - UFC 163, August 3rd
Chad Mendes (2) vs. Clay Guida (T9) - UFC 164, August 31st
Dustin Poirier (8) vs. Erik Koch (NR) - UFC 164, August 31st