MMA Power Rankings -- Featherweight
Tuesday, August 9
Chad Mendes had a chance to make a major statement toward his title contention when he met Rani Yahya. He ended up winning the fight decisively even with what he feared might be a broken hand, but it was an efficiency model we saw at UFC 133 and not the exclamation mark we'd hoped for.
Either way, Mendes held his own and retains his spot at No. 2 in the UFC's 145-pound division Power Rankings. With the timing still completely off, he will have to wait for two months for the Kenny Florian/Jose Aldo fight to play out on Oct. 8. Knowing his wrestler's mentality, there's no guarantee Mendes will be willing to sit tight that long. He likes to stay busy and how fun would a Mendes versus Dustin Poirier fight be? The "Diamond" is still waiting to hear on an opponent.
Meanwhile, the long-coveted UFC newcomer Hatsu Hioki makes his debut at the end of October, and there are a lot of people who would like to see the "Iron Broom" get the next crack at the belt should he beat George Roop (who is always a tougher out than people think). Whether this is justified or not, we'll find out soon. He holds steady at No. 3 on our power rankings.