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MMA: Top Ten Featherweights

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1. Jose Aldo

Aldo doesn't look like he's losing his UFC Featherweight title any time soon. He was always regarded as one of MMAs best in the WEC however got to display his talents on a mainstream level in the UFC. He's defended his title seven times, beating the likes of former UFC Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, Urijah Faber and most recently Chang Sung Jung. It looks like he'll meet Ricardo Lamas next time out.

2. Ricardo Lamas

Since his drop to 145lbs, Lamas has improved dramatically. He's 4-0 at the weight, finishing very highly ranked opponents Cub Swanson by submission and Eric Koch. He  now has the belt in his line of sight when he meets Jose Aldo next.

3. Chad Mendes

Mendes has always been a top Featherweight, however his most recent victory of Clay Guida furthered his class. His striking improved drastically in the fight and finished Guida and picked up KO of the Night. 'Money' wants a rematch with Jose Aldo, but will have to get past Nik Lentz first.

4. Cub Swanson

Swanson has finally managed to get the weight of being KOd by Jose Aldo in eight seconds off his back. His move to Greg Jacksons camp has made him a more patient and well rounded fighter. He's tore through the division since his loss to Lamas, finishing Ross Pearson, Charles Oliveria and most recently Denis Siver. He'll continue to try and gain a rematch with Aldo and try to prove he can last a lot longer with the champion.

5. Frankie Edgar

Finally Edgar is fighting at his correct weight. His tight loss to Jose Aldo in a FOTN bout was followed up by another thriller, beating Charles Oliveria, picking up the honour again. He'll now face old Lightweight foe BJ Penn at this weight after coaching a series on The Ultimate Fighter.

6. Chang Sung Jung

'The Korean Zombie' has one of the most memorable UFC debuts in history, as he locked up the first ever twister submission in MMA. He's been on the sidelines since his TKO loss to the champion and will look to bounce back in 2014.

7. Daniel Strauss

Strauss stormed through Bellator's 145lb division to win the Featherweight tournament beating Marlon Sandro and book himself a shot at Pat Curran. He avenged his 2009 loss to win the title in very impressive fashion. 

8. Dustin Poirer

Poirer bounced back from his defeat to Chang Sung Jung to beat Eric Kock in a solid battle. At just 24 years old Poirer has a lot of time to improve and meets fellow prosper Diego Brandao next time in Brazil.

9. Darren Elkins

Elkins has found that 145lbs is his home after a difficult time at Lightweight. He's not the prettiest fighter in the world, but he gets the job done. His wresting is superior to most of the division which forces him to win fights. His setback against Chad Mendes was reversed in his next fight when beating Japanese star Hatsu Hioki.

10. Clay Guida

He's fighting at a different weight class, but 'The Carpenters' style doesn't and will never change. Guida is constantly in his opponents face and got a good win over Hatsu Hioki before suffering his first career loss by strikes to Chad Mendes. There are still plenty more exciting fights for the veteran at this weight

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