Ronda Rousey (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)The List: Power Ranking the Current UFC Champions RJ Gardner September 22, 2014 News The UFC is the biggest MMA promotion in the world, and while they do not have every single top 10-fighter in the world under their banner they have the deepest concentration of fighting talent out there. Every UFC champion is unquestionably the best fighter in the world in their weight class, but that’s not what we are here to discuss. Instead let’s talk about where this current crop of UFC champions stacks up against each other. Power rankings are not perfect as there is a lot of opinion and speculation that goes into them but by looking at each fighter objectively versus the rest of the champions and the other fighters in their division it’s pretty clear how they stack up. #9 – Johny Hendricks (16-2), UFC Welterweight Champion Hendricks being ranked last among UFC champions has nothing to do with his ability; it is just a reflection of the length of time he has been a champion and the density of quality contenders in the division. To be the UFC welterweight champion you have to be the elite of the elite, and if Hendricks can defend his belt a few times he will fly up the rankings but right now he seems like the most vulnerable of all UFC champions. #8 – Anthony Pettis (17-2), UFC Lightweight Champion Of all the current UFC champions Pettis is by far the most exciting to watch; the things he can do in the cage are simply amazing. But with that said, much like Hendricks, Pettis gets knocked for having no title defenses in a division full of killers. The UFC lightweight division is as deep as divisions get and until he successfully defend his title Pettis will find himself at the bottom of the champions’ rankings. #7 – T.J. Dillashaw (11-2), UFC Bantamweight Champion It wasn’t just that Dillashaw beat Renan Barao for the featherweight title that was so shocking; it was how he beat Barao. Dillashaw brought the fight to the then champion and took the belt by fifth round TKO; that hunger to push for the finish earns Dillashaw serious bonus points. But through no fault of his own Dillashaw’s first title defense against Joe Soto, while entertaining, did nothing for his ranking among the sport’s elite but it may have brought him one step cooer to the title of being the “fifth round finisher.” #6 – Demetrious Johnson (20-2-1), UFC Flyweight Champion Johnson is the first and only flyweight champion in UFC history and with four title defenses already under his belt it doesn’t look like that will be changing anytime soon. The knock against Johnson is the fact that the flyweight division is still gaining traction and depth. That lack of depth hurts his credibility as an elite champion. The skill set is there, he just needs elite competition to push him to new heights. #5 – Chris Weidman (12-0), UFC Middleweight Champion Heading into UFC 175 there were a lot of questions swirling about the legitimacy of Chris Weidman’s middleweight title reign, but after his dismantling of former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida all those questions have been put to rest. Weidman is an elite champion in a division that is filled with great talent. He has a tough test ahead of him in the form of Vitor Belfort and a win there will put him in the discussion for the top three. #4 – Cain Velasquez (13-1), UFC Heavyweight Champion Velasquez is arguably the fiercest champion of them all as his high intensity none-stop style breaks the will of his opposition. But he fights in the thinnest, yet heaviest hitting, division in all of MMA and he hasn’t fought in nearly a year. The lack of activity and competition are the only things standing between him and a place in the top three. #3 – Ronda Rousey (10-0), UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Love her or hate her Rousey isn’t just the face of women’s MMA; she has become the biggest star in the sport as a whole. And she deserves all of the praise and attention that she is getting, because Rousey is the best women’s fighter in the sport hands down. Here are some facts to back that claim up; four title defenses, 10-0 career record, 10 career finishes and she has only been taken past the first round on one occasion. She has never even been pushed into the championship rounds. The only thing keeping her in the three spot is the sheer dominance of the two fighters ahead of her. #2 – Jose Aldo (24-1), UFC Featherweight Champion Aldo is a scary fighter; his combination of speed, power and aggression make him one of the most dangerous strikers in all of MMA. Not to mention the fact that he has a black belt in BJJ under the famed Andre Pederneiras. Since the UFC absorbed the WEC Aldo has ruled the tough featherweight division with an iron fist defending his title an impressive six straight times inside the Octagon. #1 – Jon Jones (20-1), UFC Light Heavyweight Champion This should come as no surprise; Jones is the number one UFC champion. Since winning the title Jones has defended his title an astonishing seven times; the fact that the light heavyweight division is the premier division in MMA only makes that fact more impressive. Jones has faced a murders row of competition since becoming champion, including four former champions, and he has come out on top every single time. Jones faces the toughest test of his career at UFC 182 in the form of Daniel Cormier, and if he gets a win there he has to be considered one of the top fighters of all-time.