It was a close tactical battle against regarded contender Ivan Menjivar, but ultimately it was Mike Easton who was awarded the judge’s decision at UFC 148 based off of pressure and effective strikes.
Although Menjivar should not slip far down the rankings, the win certainly puts Easton in the UFC bantamweight title picture.
1. Dominick Cruz
He may be out due to injury but he is still the top dog until proven otherwise.
2. Urijah Faber
Fights Renan Barao for the UFC interim championship.
3. Renan Barao
The fight against Faber should certainly be his stiffest test to date.
4. Brian Bowles
The former champ is in need of a rebound after losing to Faber.
5. Michael McDonald
A young phenom with devastating power in his hands.
6. Eddie Wineland
Re-enters the rankings after an excellent fight.
7. Brad Pickett
Looks to make it two in a row when he faces Yves Jabouin in September.
8. Eduardo Dantes
Showed incredible ability in stopping Zach Makovsky.
9. Bibiano Fernandes
The former DREAM champ will likely fight for ONE FC next but will need top competition or particularly impressive performances to keep his ranking.
10. Mike Easton
Eight straight victories and a decision over Menjivar puts Easton as one of the UFC’s top bantamweight contenders.