If you were to examine the current state of the UFC’s featherweight division, there’s simply no one hotter these days than Dennis Bermudez. “The Menace” made it an impressive six consecutive victories with a dominant effort this past weekend against Jimy Hettes at UFC 171 in Dallas.
Bermudez showcased his brute strength and strong striking in systematically breaking down “The Kid”, earning a third-round TKO. It also produced a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus and now has him ranked at no. 10 in the division.
Bermudez has never looked back since being submitted by Diego Brandao in the Season 14 Finale of The Ultimate Fighter. He’s been undefeated since that time and has developed into a fan-friendly performer who has been involved in a number of highly entertaining affairs. His finish of Hettes was his fourth career knockout and sixth finish in 13 career victories. He seems to be getting better with each passing fight and it’s clear he’s ready for elite competition moving forward.
There are a number of exciting options that exist in the 145-pound division for the surging Bermudez and he matches up well against anybody thanks to his strong stand-up game and solid wrestling background. He’s been dominant in his last two efforts against Hettes and Steven Siler and was also involved in a classic slugfest at UFC 157 against Matt Grice. It’s hard for him to not be involved in an exciting fight given his style.
Riding a surging wave of confidence with this major win streak it’s now time for Bermudez to test his skills against the elite of the featherweight division. Another victory or two for “The Menace” would rightly have him knocking on the door of a potential title shot.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports