A lot has changed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship since Mitch Gagnon last stepped foot in the octagon nearly two years ago.
For starters, Gagnon, who was ranked as the No. 14 bantamweight in the UFC’s rankings prior to his last fight, versus the No. 1-ranked Renan Barao, is no longer in the Top 15. Neither is Barao.
But the ranking system is a bit of a joke anyway. The kingpin of the division is now Dominick Cruz, not TJ Dillashaw, the UFC is now owned by WME-IMG, not the Fertitta brothers, and the company has its first-ever two division champion in Conor McGregor. Heck, McGregor is even demanding ownership stake.
And while all of this was happening, the landscape of the company changing, Gagnon has been on the sideline dealing with a blown ACL, which occurred during the Barao fight on Dec. 20, 2014.