1. Demetrious Johnson (15-2-1)
Demetrious Johnson rests a top the 125-pound division for now, but his real test will come Sept. 22 in Toronto. When “Mighty Mouse” meets Joseph Benavidez with the vacant UFC flyweight title up for grabs, the bout will produce the “true” top flyweight in the world for the time being.
2. Ian McCall (11-3-1)
To say “Uncle Creepy” has made headlines in his few short months in the UFC would be an understatement. After his contentious two-fight series with Demetrious Johnson, McCall’s slated bout with John Moraga fell apart due to injury. Instead, McCall’s recent action has come against the law, as he was arrested on Aug. 14 for driving with a suspended license in Irvine, Calif.
3. Jussier da Silva (14-1)
“When is the UFC going to sign Jussier da Silva?” fans asked as soon as the 125-pound division launched in the Octagon. The once-beaten Brazilian will make his much-awaited UFC debut on Oct. 5 in Minneapolis, when he takes on “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 winner John Dodson.
4. Joseph Benavidez (16-2)
Joseph Benavidez’s quest to be the best flyweight in the world can be realized at on Sept. 22. The Team Alpha Male rep will meet Demetrious Johnson to determine the UFC’s first flyweight champion in Toronto at UFC 152, with the winner becoming the focal point of the young division for the foreseeable future.
5. Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-5-6)
Yasuhiro Urushitani’s UFC debut didn’t go so well this past March in Australia, as the former Shooto world champ took an early goodnight kiss from Joseph Benavidez. The fancy-boxing veteran will have a chance to prove his worth at 125 on Sept. 1 at UFC 151 against aggressive Brazilian John Lineker.
6. Darrell Montague (10-2)
California’s “Mongoose” was in fine form on May 10, when he victimized Taylor McCorriston with a crushing first-round TKO at Tachi Palace Fights 13. It was the second win in as many weeks for Montague, who has looked vicious since dropping his TPF title to Ian McCall last August.
7. John Dodson (13-5)
Dodson’s May assignment against little-known Timothy Elliott turned out to be much tougher than expected. However, “The Magician” will need to bring a suitable amount of hocus-pocus in order to deal with his next task, as he’ll meet highly regarded Brazilian Jussier da Silva at UFC on FX 5 on Oct. 5.
8. Chris Cariaso (14-3)
Against Josh Ferguson in July, Cariaso showed exactly why he was pegged for flyweight success as soon as he dropped weight. Cariaso put on a workmanlike striking performance to earn a unanimous decision and announce himself as a factor in the newly minted UFC weight class.
9. Louis Gaudinot (6-2)
Gaudinot used his grappling to thrill in his May comeback win against Brazilian thumper John Lineker. In his next Octagon appointment, he’ll have the chance for some particularly exciting grappling when he meets ground specialist Darren Uyenoyama on Oct. 5 at UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis.
10. John Moraga (11-1)
Since his December 2010 loss to John Dodson, Arizona’s John Moraga has rolled through all five foes he’s faced. That figure includes his UFC debut, when he came in three weeks notice originally to face Ian McCall, but wound up facing Ulysses Gomez, who fell prey to Moraga’s fists and elbows in the first round.
Other contenders:Timothy Elliott, Nam Jin Jo, Shinichi "B.J." Kojima , Josh Robinson, Sean Santella.
With no bouts in the last 365 days with none scheduled in the next 90, previously seventh-ranked Mamoru Yamaguchi exits the top 10.