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Divisional rankings: Featherweight

Frankie Edgar defeated Yair Rodriguez with an exceptional ground game.

Check out my rankings within each division by clicking on the links below.

Who is the best fighter regardless of weight class? See ESPN's pound-for-pound rankings. Plus, check out our women's pound-for-pound rankings.

Note: Results through May 16.


Divisional Rankings

Heavyweight | Light heavyweight
Middleweight | Welterweight | Lightweight
Featherweight | Bantamweight | Flyweight
Women's bantamweight | Women's strawweight


FEATHERWEIGHT DIVISION (UP TO 145 POUNDS)

1. Jose Aldo (26-2)
Reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated. Aldo looked phenomenal at UFC 200 against Frankie Edgar -- phenomenal enough that a Conor McGregor rematch sounds pretty good right about now. We'll see if it ever comes together.
Next: UFC 212 on June 3, vs. Max Holloway

2. Max Holloway (17-3)
Make it 10 in a row for Holloway, who is carrying himself with as much confidence and bravado as anyone else in the sport. The Hawaiian featherweight has a real shot at defeating Jose Aldo.
Next: UFC 212 on June 3, vs. Max Holloway

3. Frankie Edgar (22-5-1)
How about that? Not that anyone was really writing off Edgar prior to UFC 211, but they were sure enamored by his young opponent, Yair Rodriguez. Edgar proceeded to stomp Rodriguez into the ground for a TKO victory. Sorry if we even considered doubting you, Frankie.
Next: TBD

4. Cub Swanson (26-7)
In 2014, Swanson's budding title run came to a sudden halt when he suffered back-to-back losses to Frankie Edgar and Max Holloway. That feels like a long time ago now, as Swanson has rebounded with four consecutive wins. He has won 10 of 12 and is firmly back in the title picture.
Next: TBD

5. Patricio Freire (26-3)
Pitbull is once again Bellator's 145-pound champ, as he submitted Daniel Straus via guillotine choke in April. Since 2013, Freire has only one loss in this weight class -- a five-round decision to Straus in 2015.
Next: TBD

6. Chad Mendes (16-4)
Coming off a first-round knockout loss to Frankie Edgar in December 2015, Mendes was hit with a two-year suspension for violating the UFC's anti-doping policy. It will be at least 2018 before we see Mendes in the Octagon again.
Next: UFC 205 on Nov. 12, vs. Jeremy Stephens

7. Ricardo Lamas (17-5)
Lamas missed out on a chance to fight the legendary BJ Penn (after Penn withdrew due to injury), but he actually picked up a more impressive win in the meantime, defeating Charles Oliveira in November.
Next: TBD

8. Daniel Straus (24-7)
Straus missed all of 2016 due to injury, and his return did not go as planned. He surrendered the Bellator title back to Patricio Freire in April -- marking the third time he's lost to the Brazilian.
Next: TBD

9. Yair Rodriguez (10-2)
Whoa ... Rodriguez looked like the next big thing going into UFC 211, but it's back to the drawing board he goes after being crushed by Frankie Edgar. It's worth noting, however, that it was Frankie Edgar. Rodriguez might still be the guy we think he is. It just might take a little longer than we thought for him to reach the top.
Next: TBD

10. Chan Sung Jung (14-4)
It seems remarkable that Jung would be able to step away from the sport for more than three years and return to the top 10 rankings so quickly. But that's exactly what's happened. Jung was a title challenger when he stepped away to serve his mandatory military duty and he came back in style with a first-round knockout over Dennis Bermudez.
Next: TBD