UFC Bantamweight Division:
The Most Stacked Weight Class
Recently, I found myself watching a promo for the upcoming UFC Bantamweight Championship fight between 14-1, Petr Yan and former featherweight champion, Jose Aldo. This led me to think about the UFC Bantamweight division as a whole and how great it is so I’ve decided to make an article surrounding the weight class which will feature who’s at the top, who’s up and coming and honestly - just the best of the best the 135lb weight class has to offer.
The top five contenders consist of: Marlon Moraes, Aljamain Sterling, Petr Yan, Cody Garbrandt and Cory Sandhagen. The top five’s combined record is a fantastic: 80-15. That just shows how great the bantamweight division is and what makes this even more exciting is that if you match anyone of these men up with another top five fighter then you’re bound to have an exciting fight. Imagine Moraes fighting Garbrandt, Yan battling Sterling, Garbrandt having a war with Sandhagen or even Sterling and Moraes. The top five is stacked and they’re all so young as well - bantamweights are the future.
The rest of the top fifteen are great also as fighters include: José Aldo, Pedro Munhoz, Jimmie Rivera, Dominick Cruz and rising prospect, Sean O’Malley. The bantamweight division is a tough weight class and climbing the rankings is not easy whatsoever as it’s not easy to beat any of the fighters I’ve mentioned nor the ones I didn’t mention which include: Raphael Assuncao, Cody Stamann, Rob Font, John Dodson and someone who I’m a fan of: 22 year old, Song Yadong. These are people who can make an impact in the UFC and despite some of the contenders being older such as Aldo and Assuncao - the latter being 37 and the former challenging for the title just next week, the contenders are still capable of putting on great performances.
Some bantamweight fighters aren’t in the top fifteen however that doesn’t mean they aren’t great and the ones I want to mention are: Nathaniel Wood, Jack Shore, Umar Nurmagomedov, Brett Johns, Benito Lopez, Randy Costa, Miles John and Kyler Phillip. These are prospects that can really make a dent in the bantamweight division who are all under the age of 30 and have suffered only a couple of losses - some of which are undefeated like Jack Shore and Umar Nurmagomedov. And speaking of Nurmagomedov, he’ll be fighting Nathaniel Wood - a fellow prospect in a few weeks which I’m not a fan of at all as it’s a fight between two prospects however it shall be a great fight anyway.
I’d also like to talk about the dark horse of the bantamweight division and it’s a man who many people have forgotten about: T.J Dillashaw. Dillashaw is serving his suspension which will conclude in January and when Dillashaw returns to the octagon, there’s so many fights that can be made with the former 135lb champion. Dillashaw is the dark horse of the bantamweight division and I’m really excited for his return.