1) Urijah Faber (bantamweight)
If you ask any MMA fan to name a WEC fighter, odds are they’ll name the California Kid, Urijah Faber. He’s been the face of WEC for some time and has actually some TV time in national ads (K-Swiss Tubes, Amp Energy). The reason why he’s so popular is because despite his size, he’s a finisher. Out of his 11 WEC fights, he’s only had 3 go to a decision with only 5 of them going past the first round. He started his career out at featherweight but recently made the switch to bantamweight and should quickly challenge for the belt.
2) Jose Aldo (featherweight)
Faber may be the most known by the public, but Aldo is by far the best fighter in the WEC. He’s like the the Anderson Silva of the WEC. At only 24 years old, he beat 2 WEC greats in Urijah Faber and Mike Brown and has already defended his belt twice. You wouldn’t expect someone of his size to have KO power, but that’s exactly what he has winning knockout of the night 3 times. He’s one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world and Dana White is going to have a serious challenge on his hands finding fighters to try and beat Aldo.
3) Anthony Pettis (lightweight)
Pettis’ nickname is Showtime for a reason. He’s a dangerous kickboxer who will throw some crazy strikes that always seem to work. He makes every strike (punch or kick) count while stalking his prey and sets up for the monster shot. He actually gained a huge popularity boost too after being feature on the TV show “World of Jenks” which highlighted the buildup to one of his fights. At only 23 years old he has an extremely bright future in the UFC and after a shocking win over Ben Henderson, he gets a shot at the UFC Lightweight Championship awaiting the winner of Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.
4) Dominick Cruz (bantamweight)
Cruz is the current bantamweight champion and for good reason; the dude is a complete fighter and always grinds out wins. By no means is he a flashy fighter light Pettis or Aldo, but he dominates his opponents and never lets up. He’s a blue-collar fighter and loves being one. As of right now he’s still the bantamweight champion going into the UFC having recently defended his belt. His next bout needs to be against Urijah Faber as he’s the only fighter Cruz has ever lost to in his entire MMA career. He going to wow anyone with his fights, but you have to give respect to the champ.
5) Ben Henderson (lightweight)
Lesson to anyone fighting Ben Henderson: protect your neck. He’s a college all American wrestler who seems to always win by submission with guillotine chokes being his top choice. Interestingly enough, Henderson never gets tapped out no matter how deep you try and sink it in; he’s just that durable. The crazy thing about Henderson is he’s probably one of the most peaceful and calm fighters you will ever meet; he’s always calm and says he’s at peace with himself. Despite this, he still is a beast in the ring and always seems to win.