UFC Picks: Current Champs & Their Biggest Threats

Swinging Johnson

Saturday, July 27, 2013 1:05 PM UTC

Saturday, Jul. 27, 2013 1:05 PM UTC

From UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson to heavyweight king Cain Velasquez, the titleholders are always only one fight away from being toppled from their throne.

UFC: Current Champs and Biggest Threats

Flyweight Champion: Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson (17-2-1)

Top Contender: 

John Moraga (13-1) - By the time you read this the top contender John Moraga will either be the new UFC Flyweight champion or he will be the latest fighter to fall victim to the explosive Mighty Mouse. Either way, this relative newcomer to the UFC has only one blemish on his record and some serious grappling skills to be a force for years to come.

Bantamweight Champion: Dominick Cruz (19-1)

Top Contender:

Renan Barao (30-1) - With Dominick Cruz shelved from a torn ACL over the last eighteen months the UFC could not wait any longer to get a championship fight going in the bantamweight category. Slap the words interim champion on Barao but he is indeed the real deal. Unless Cruz can shake off the ring rust and unflinchingly trust that his ACL is completely healed then the bantamweight king may very well be toppled from his throne. 

Featherweight Champion: Jose Aldo (22-1)

Top Contender:

Ricardo Lamas (13-2) - This former WEC refugee dropped down to the feathers when he entered the UFC and the results have been impressive. He has a pair of TKO's against Matt Grice and Erik Koch, a unanimous decision over Hatsu Hioki and copped Submission of the Night honors when he locked up Cub Swanson in an arm-triangle choke. No doubt he is on a collision course with Aldo assuming the champ gets by the Korean Zombie in early August.

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Lightweight Champion: Ben "Smooth" Henderson (19-2)

Top Contender:

Anthony Pettis (16-2) - In a lightweight division that is this stacked, don't get too comfortable with the notion that any one fighter will be ensconced as the champion for any length of time. Anthony Pettis has already defeated Ben Henderson in his career and he's looking to do it all over again at UFC 164.

Welterweight Champion: George St. Pierre (24-2)

Top Contender:

Johny Hendricks (15-1) - This former Oklahoma State Cowboy was an NCAA Division 1 All-American, capturing the national title twice and was runner-up once in his storied collegiate career. But "Bigg Rigg" boasts something else besides mat mastery. He hits like a mule when given the opportunity. Hendricks may be one of the few in the world at 170 lbs. who can hang with GSP on the mat and dominate when standing up. Nonetheless when it happens, it will be very exciting to see how the UFC betting plays out.

Middleweight Champion: Chris Weidman (10-0)

Top Contender:

Anderson Silva (33-5) - Silva's reign of terror in the middleweight division had to end some time but I am not nearly as surprised as many that Weidman did the deed. Maybe Silva clowned too much in his recent title defense but that has been a weapon of Silva's throughout his illustrious championship tenure. Weidman cannot move on as champ without defeating Silva once again in the hotly anticipated rematch.

Light heavyweight Champion: Jon "Bones" Jones (18-1)

Top Contender:

Glover Teixeira (21-2) - I truly pity anyone in this weight division because as long as Jon Jones chooses to remain at 205 then there is no room at the inn for anyone else to challenge his light heavyweight supremacy. That being said, if Jones were to have an off night then Glover Teixeira would be my choice as the most likely to dethrone the king. He hasn't lost in over eight years and is deserving as the number one contender here.

Heavyweight Champion: Cain Velasquez (12-1)

Top Contender:

Daniel Cormier (12-0) - I'm not sure Cormier is big enough in terms of height and reach to bang with the big boys but you can't dispute his unbeaten record. Velasquez is head and shoulders above the rest in this category but Cormier looks to be at the top of the next rung.

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