MMA Power Rankings -- Featherweight
Tuesday, August 30
Chad Mendes had the chance to make a big statement in his "stay busy" fight against Rani Yahya at UFC 133. What he turned in was a yeomen's effort which was in part uninspired, and in part potboiler smart. He won a convincing decision over the jiu-jitsu player and was more than willing to take things to the ground so long as he working from the top with all limbs accounted for. Mendes remains at No. 2 in this week's Power Rankings, behind champion Jose Aldo.
As for Aldo, he will return to action as part of a title twin-bill at UFC 136 on Oct. 8. It's a crafty, very adapatable veteran in No. 4 Kenny Florian that he'll see, who has a propensity to wilt when the spotlight gets hottest. It should make for a game of the old kinetic chess on the ground, but on the feet Florian will be dodging everything but the kitchen sink (and if he eats one of those kicks, he might mistake it for one).
Otherwise Hatsu Hioki will make his long-anticipated debut against George Roop at UFC 137 in Las Vegas, Marlos Sandro's stock takes a big hit after losing to Pat Curran, and Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren will continue to try out the bantamweight division to see what's it's like to hold simultaneous belts.