Power Rankings: Bantamweight

Updated: September 4, 2013, 3:18 PM ET
Wednesday, Sept. 4
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Dominick Cruz continues to inch closer to a return to the Octagon, but until he's healthy and fighting again the bantamweight division will belong to Renan Barao -- unless the Brazilian loses to Eddie Wineland on Sept. 21 in Toronto. Overshadowed by Jon Jones's defense against Alexander Gustafsson that same night, the bantamweight pair must produce a wild fight to outdo their light heavyweight compatriots in the headline-gathering department. Chances are that won't happen, even if they produce one of the top fights of the year. However a quality tilt between Barao and Wineland should get people amped to see the winner fight Cruz. Presuming all goes well with rehab and "The Dominator" can return by the start of 2014. At this point, that'd be a big presumption.