UFC Bantamweight

Last Modified Jul 14, 2024 15:51 GMT

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UFC Bantamweight Division

Bantamweight is a weight class in combat sports. In MMA, the Bantamweight Division is within 126-135 lbs (57.2-61.2 kg). The Bantamweight Division sits between the Flyweight Division (116-125 lbs) and the Featherweight Division.


Current Bantamweight Champion- 2024

The current UFC Bantamweight Champion is Sean O'Malley (17-1-0 (1NC))


UFC 292: Sterling v O'Malley
UFC 292: Sterling v O'Malley


At UFC 292, Sean O'Malley defeated Aljamain Sterling to become the new bantamweight champion. O'Malley was declared victor via a TKO in the second round.


Latest Results from UFC Bantamweight

Date Fight MethodRound Result
July 14, 2024Montel Jackson vs. Da'Mon BlackshearKO (punch)10:18
Montel Jackson def. Da'Mon Blackshear



UFC Bantamweight Rankings 2024

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CSean O'Malley18–1
(1 NC)
3
(1 def)
WinUFC 299 Marlon VeraTBD
1Merab Dvalishvili17–4 10WinUFC 298 Henry CejudoTBD
2Cory Sandhagen17–4 3WinUFC on ESPN 50 Rob Font
UFC on ABC 7 Umar Nurmagomedov
3Petr Yan17–5 1WinUFC 299 Song YadongTBD
4Marlon Vera23–9–1 0LossUFC 299 Sean O'Malley
UFC on ABC 7 Deiveson Figueiredo
5Henry Cejudo16–4 0LossUFC 298 Merab DvalishviliTBD
6Deiveson Figueiredo23–3–1 2WinUFC 300 Cody Garbrandt
UFC on ABC 7 Marlon Vera
7Song Yadong21–7–1
(1 NC)
0LossUFC 299 Petr YanTBD
8José Aldo32–8 1WinUFC 301 Jonathan MartinezTBD
9Rob Font20–8 0LossUFC on ESPN 52 Deiveson FigueiredoTBD
10Umar Nurmagomedov17–0 17WinUFC Fight Night 238 Bekzat Almakhan
UFC on ABC 7 Cory Sandhagen
11Kyler Phillips12–2 3WinUFC 299 Pedro MunhozTBD
12Mario Bautista14–2 6WinUFC Fight Night 234 Ricky SimónTBD
13Dominick Cruz24–4 0LossUFC on ESPN 41 Marlon VeraTBD
14Jonathan Martinez19–5 0LossUFC 301 José AldoTBD
15Pedro Munhoz20–9
(2 NC)
0LossUFC 299 Kyler PhillipsTBD


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History of Bantamweight Class

Before the UFC-WEC merger, Dominick Cruz was the WEC Bantamweight Champion. At WEC 53, Cruz defeated Scott Jorgensen to retain the WEC Bantamweight Championship and was simultaneously awarded the inaugural UFC Bantamweight Championship.


At UFC 173, T.J. Dillashaw defeated Renan Barao to win the UFC Bantamweight Championship. At UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs Cruz, Dominick Cruz became the first-ever two-time Bantamweight Champion. At UFC 207, Cruz lost the title to Cody Garbrandt, who eventually lost it to Dillashaw, making the latter a two-time division champion.


Due to a failed drug test, Dillashaw vacated his title in March 2019. After winning the vacant title at UFC 238 and defending it at UFC 249, Cejudo became the fourth UFC fighter to hold titles in two different weight classes (Flyweight and Bantamweight) simultaneously and the second to defend titles in two other weight divisions.


Petr Yan defeated Jose Aldo at UFC 251 and became the current UFC Bantamweight Champion.


In his first title defense, Yan faced #1 ranked Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259 on March 6, 2021, and lost the title by disqualification due to an intentional illegal knee landed by him in the fourth round to Sterling.


Sterling couldn't continue the fight any further due to a concussion, and the doctor recommended stopping the fight, thus making him the new UFC Bantamweight champion. This is the first-ever title change caused by disqualification in UFC history.


Sterling then defended his belt against Petr Yan, T.J. Dillashaw, and Henry Cejudo.


Sterling's next title defense was against Sean O'Malley at UFC 292, where he lost the championship via a TKO in the second round, making O'Malley the new bantamweight champion.


UFC Weight Divisions


Men

  1. Heavyweight
  2. Light Heavyweight
  3. Middleweight
  4. Welterweight
  5. Lightweight
  6. Featherweight
  7. Bantamweight
  8. Flyweight


Women

  1. Featherweight
  2. Bantamweight
  3. Flyweight
  4. Strawweight


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*Last Updated on July 14, 2024

FAQs On UFC Bantamweight Division

A. The division's name is derived from bantam chickens in mixed martial arts. 

A. In UFC, bantamweight is classified as between 126 to 135 lb.

A. Sean O'Malley is the current bantamweight champion.

A. Aljamain Sterling recently announced that he is moving up to the featherweight (145 lbs) division.

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