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Top 10 MMA UFC Bantamweight Rankings

Updating the MMA UFC Bantamweight Rankings after Sean O'Malley defeated Aljamain Sterling to become the new UFC Bantamweight Champion

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By admin | October 30, 2022

Updating the MMA UFC Bantamweight Rankings after witnessing Sergio Pettis defend his title, Marlon Vera’s close win, and crowning a new UFC champion in Sean O’Malley.

Honorable Mention

Umar Nurmagomedov

Promotion: UFC

Umar Nurmagomedov is a professional MMA fighter from Daghistan, Russia, and he has an undefeated professional record of 16 wins and no losses. 

He has had 4 fights in the UFC, with 4 straight wins, and has won two post-fight bonuses. He is currently ranked #11 in the UFC Bantamweight Rankings and has shown exceptional talent in his fights. In his most recent fight, he defeated Raoni Barcelos via Knockout and there is no announcement about his next fight.

Dominick Cruz

Promotion: UFC

Dominick Cruz is widely regarded as the best bantamweight of all time. He is an American MMA fighter with a record of 24 wins and 3 losses. 

He is the former WEC and UFC Bantamweight champion. However, he has had a lot of trouble with injuries over his career. Cruz has notable wins over Demetrious Johnson, Takeya Mizugaki, TJ Dillashaw, Urijah Faber, and Pedro Munhoz

In his most recent fight, Cruz lost to Marlon Vera, and his next fight has not been announced yet.

Ricky Simon

Promotion: UFC

Ricky Simon is a professional MMA fighter from the USA, and he has a record of 20 wins and 3 losses. 

Simon is currently on a 5-fight winning streak and has notable wins over Raphael Assunção, and Brian Kelleher. 

In his most recent fight, Simon defeated Jack Shore and his next fight has not been announced yet.

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10. Song Yadong

Promotion: UFC

Song Yadong is a young MMA fighter from China, and he has a professional record of 20 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw, and 1 no-contest. 

He has notable wins over Marlon Vera, Casey Kenney, and Marlon Moraes. After a loss against Cory Sandhagan, he came back in his most recent fight and defeated Ricky Simón via TKO, and there is no official announcement about his next fight yet.

9. Rob Font

Promotion: UFC

Rob Font is an American professional MMA fighter with a record of 20 wins and 7 losses. 

Font has been fighting in the UFC for quite a while now, and has many impressive wins over fighters like Thomas Almeida, Sergio Pettis, Marlon Moraes, and Cody Garbrandt. 

In his most recent fight, he defeated Adrian Yanez via 1st round TKO and his next fight has not been announced yet.

8. Sergio Pettis

Promotion: Bellator

Title: Bellator Bantamweight Champion

Sergio Pettis is a former UFC fighter with a record of 23-5, who fights in Bellator. He is on an impressive six-fight win streak and is the current Bellator bantamweight world champion.

In his most recent fight, he defended the title against Patrício Pitbull, and as of now, there is no official announcement about his next fight.

7. Petr Yan

Promotion: UFC

Petr Yan is a Russian MMA fighter, with a Professional record of 15 wins and 5 losses. 

He is the former UFC 135-pound champion and briefly held the Interim title as well. Yan has impressive wins over Jimmie Rivera, Urijah Faber, Jose Aldo, and Cory Sandhagan. 

At UFC 280, Petr Yan fought Sean O’Malley. He lost the fight via controversial split decision, as many people believed he had actually done enough to win the fight, having scored multiple takedowns. However, O’Malley did have bigger moments on the feet and cut Yan quite badly with a Knee in the last round.

Now he has lost three fights in a row, and in his most recent fight, he lost to Merab Merab Dvalishvili via unanimous decision. His next fight has not been announced yet.

6. Marlon Vera

Promotion: UFC

Marlon Vera is an MMA fighter from Ecuador. He has a professional record of 21 wins and 8 losses.

Marlon Vera has multiple impressive wins over fighters like Brad Pickett, Sean O’Malley, Frankie Edgar, Rob Font, and former Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz 

Last weekend, he defeated Pedro Munhoz via Unanimous Decision at UFC 292, and his next fight has not been announced yet.

5. Cory Sandhagen

Promotion: UFC

Cory Sandhagen is an American MMA fighter, with a Professional record of 17 wins and 4 losses moving up the UFC Bantamweight Rankings.

Sandhagan has multiple impressive wins in the division, over fighters like John Lineker, Raphael Assunção, Marlon Moraes, Frankie Edgar Song Yadong, and Marlon Vera. 

In his most recent fight, he defeated Rob Font via Unanimous Decision, and there is no official announcement about his next fight.

4. Henry Cejudo

Promotion: UFC

Henry Cejudo is a professional MMA fighter from the USA, and he has an MMA Record of 16 wins and 3 losses. 

Cejudo is a former Olympic Gold Medalist in Wrestling, and he held both the Flyweight and bantamweight titles in the UFC. Cejudo has several impressive wins over big names like Demetierious Johnson, TJ Dillashaw, and Dominick Cruz.

In his most recent fight, he came out of retirement after 3 years to fight for the Bantamweight title. However, he lost the fight via Split Decision. He was scheduled to fight Marlon Vera Last weekend, but had to pull out because of an injury.

3. Merab Dvalishvili

Promotion: UFC

Merab Dvalishvili is a professional MMA fighter from Georgia, and he has a record of 16 wins and 4 losses. 

Dvalishvili is ranked #2 in the official UFC Bantamweight rankings and is currently on a 9-fight winning streak in the UFC. He has wins over fighters like Casey Kenney, John Dodson, Marlon Moraes, and Jose Aldo. 

In his most recent fight, he defeated former bantamweight champion Petr Yan, and there is no official announcement about his next fight.

2. Aljamain Sterling

Promotion: UFC

Aljamain Sterling is an American MMA fighter, with a record of 23 wins and 4 losses. 

He is the former UFC bantamweight champion and is the only champion at bantamweight to make three simultaneous title defenses.

Sterling won the title last year by disqualification when his opponent Petr Yan threw an illegal knee, however, at UFC 273, Sterling defeated Yan via Split Decision, and retained the title. 

At UFC 280, Aljamain Sterling fought TJ Dillashaw. However, Dillashaw came in with a bad shoulder injury, which caused his shoulder to pop out in the first round. Sterling won in the second round via TKO. Then at UFC 288, Sterling won a split decision against Henry Cejudo, after a very competitive 5 rounds.

Last weekend, at UFC 292, Sterling lost to Sean O’Malley via TKO, and his next fight has not been scheduled yet.

1. Sean O’Malley

Promotion: UFC

Title: UFC Bantamweight World Champion

Sean O’Malley is an American Professional MMA fighter, with a record of 17 wins, 1 loss, and 1 no-contest. 

He is the current UFC bantamweight world champion, and won the title last weekend, after defeating Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292. He won the fight via TKO in the second round, after landing a solid right hand as Sterling lunged in. 

As of now, there is no announcement about O’Malley’s next fight.

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  1. Sean O'Malley

    Bantamweight
  2. Ricky Simon

    Bantamweight
  3. Manel Kape

    Bantamweight
  4. Kai Asakura

    Bantamweight
  5. Kyoji Horiguchi

    Bantamweight
  6. Darrion Caldwell

    Bantamweight
  7. Sergio Pettis

    Bantamweight
  8. Raoni Barcelos

    Bantamweight
  9. T.J. Dillashaw

    Bantamweight
  10. Marlon Vera

    Bantamweight
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