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  1. UFC Bantamweight Division
  2. UFC Bantamweight Champion
  3. UFC Bantamweight Rankings
  4. UFC Weight Divisions


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.


UFC Bantamweight Champion - 2022


The current UFC Bantamweight Champion is Aljamain Sterling.


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UFC Bantamweight Rankings 2022


Prior to 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 different weight divisions.


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


In his first title defence, 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 concussion and the doctor recommended to stop the fight thus making him the new UFC Bantamweight champion. This is the first ever title change caused by a disqualification in UFC history.


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Current UFC Bantamweight Champion: Aljamain Sterling


RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast FightNext Fight
CAljamain Sterling21–3-7 (1 def)WinUFC 273 Petr YanUFC 280 T.J. Dillashaw
1Petr Yan16–3-0LossUFC 273 Aljamain SterlingUFC 280 Sean O'Malley
2T.J. Dillashaw17–4-1WinUFC on ESPN 27 Cory SandhagenUFC 280 Aljamain Sterling
3Merab Dvalishvili15–438WinUFC 278 José AldoTBD
4Cory Sandhagen14–4-0LossUFC 267 Petr YanUFC Fight Night 210 Song Yadong
5Marlon Vera20–7–1-4WinUFC on ESPN 41 Dominick CruzTBD
6José Aldo31–8−30LossUFC 278 Merab DvalishviliTBD
7Rob Font19–6-0LossUFC on ESPN 35 Marlon VeraTBD
8Dominick Cruz24–4-0LossUFC on ESPN 41 Marlon VeraTBD
9Pedro Munhoz19–7 (2 NC)-0NCUFC 276 Sean O'MalleyTBD
10Song Yadong19–5–1 (1 NC)-3WinUFC Fight Night 203 Marlon MoraesUFC Fight Night 210 Cory Sandhagen
11Ricky Simón20–3-5WinUFC on ABC 3 Jack ShoreTBD
12Frankie Edgar24–10–1-0LossUFC 268 Marlon VeraTBD
13Sean O'Malley15–1 (1 NC)-3NCUFC 276 Pedro MunhozUFC 280 Petr Yan
14Umar Nurmagomedov15–0-15WinUFC on ESPN 38 Nate ManessTBD
15Jack Shore16–1-0LossUFC on ABC 3 Ricky SimónTBD


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: August 22nd, 2022.

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