Power Rankings: Bantamweight
Tuesday, Dec. 11
It's not the kind of news anybody wants, but Dominick Cruz -- the 135-pound division's resident kingpin -- had a setback with his ACL recovery. He underwent a second ACL repair after the cadaver graft from the first operation didn't take to his body. What does that mean for the pile-up of contenders? Plenty. Renan Barao will defend his interim title against upstart Michael McDonald on Feb. 16 in London. This is a fight with other significances, too. Should the 21-year-old McDonald spring the upset, he'd pass Jon Jones in becoming the youngest ever UFC champion. As for Urijah Faber? It looks like it's going to be Ivan Menjivar at UFC 157 in Anaheim. Not a bad little scrap, right?