MMA Power Rankings -- BANTAMWEIGHT

Updated: April 23, 2012, 10:45 AM ET
By staff |
Monday, April 23
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Who said that the little guys don't carry power? We knew Michael McDonald was packing some, but up until UFC 145, he hadn't faced any bantamweight monsters. Well, now the 21-year old has, and he treated former WEC champion Miguel Torres much like he did Alex Soto at UFC 139. "Mayday" ended things early with a first round knockout in the biggest fight of his young career. If Ben Rothwell hadn't punched Brendan Schaub into a state of groping, invisible guard, McDonald would have won back-to-back "knockout of the night" awards. Not bad for a 135-pounder that is just now bleeping on people's radars.

McDonald is now seen headed northbound on the Power Rankings and finds himself in the peripheral top five. As Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber sort things out at the top, and Brazilian upstart Renan Barao awaits a fight with Ivan Menjivar, who will be next for "Mayday?" Timing is everything, and a fight with Brad Pickett -- who was victorious a week earlier in Sweden against Damacio Page -- might be in the cards. Whoever it is had best use extreme caution in avoiding that massive right hand.

Meanwhile, Bellator crowned a new bantamweight champion in 23-year-old Eduardo Dantas, who dethroned the wrestler Zach Makovsky. The bantamweight division is full of young guns across the board, and it only promises to get better.