Power Rankings: Bantamweight
Friday, Jan. 17
The UFC bantamweight division has changed. Sort of. The awkward, frustrating, amazingly effective style of Dominick Cruz is no longer the gold standard of the division, as he relinquished the belt this month after suffering yet another injury. To many, though, Cruz had long been the champion in name only. Renan Barao is deserving of the official title, and relieving Cruz of his champion duties actually gives him a better situation moving forward -- as he can come back on his own terms minus any rush. The division moves right along as planned, with an official UFC 135-pound title fight on Feb. 1 in Newark, N.J.