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Top 10 MMA Bantamweight Rankings - Aljamain Sterling wins

Ranking the best MMA Bantamweight fighters in the world such as UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling, Bellator Bantamweight Champion Sergio Pettis, and more

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By Fan Rankings | October 30, 2022 - 09:11 PM

Honorable Mention

Song Yadong

Promotion: UFC

Song Yadong is a young fighter from China. He has a professional record of 19 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw, and 1 no-contest. He has notable wins over Marlon Vera, Casey Kenney, and Marlon Moraes. Though he lost his most recent fight to Cory Sandhagan, he deserves an honorable mention.




Umar Nurmagomedov

Promotion: UFC

Umar Nurmagomedov is another up-and-coming Fighter, who deserves an honorable mention. He is undefeated with a record of 15-0 and is ranked #13 by the UFC.




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.




Top 10 MMA Bantamweight Rankings

10. 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.




9. Sergio Pettis

Promotion: Bellator

Title: Bellator Bantamweight Champion

Sergio Pettis is a former UFC fighter with a record of 22-5, who now fights in Bellator. He is on an impressive five-fight win streak and is the current Bellator bantamweight world champion.

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




8. Rob Font

Promotion: UFC

Rob Font is an American professional MMA fighter with a record of 19-6. He is ranked #7 in the official UFC rankings. 

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. 

He has lost 2 fights in a row, with his most recent loss coming against Marlon Vera. Rob Font’s next fight has not been announced yet.




7. TJ Dillashaw

Promotion: UFC

TJ Dillashaw is an American MMA fighter, and He has a professional record of 17 wins and 5 losses 

Dillashaw is a former two-time UFC bantamweight champion. He has had multiple impressive wins over fighters like Renan Barão, Raphael Assunção, John Lineker, Cody Garbrandt, and Cory Sandhagen. 

Last weekend, Dillashaw fought for the UFC title against Aljamain Sterling, however, he had come into the fight with a really bad shoulder injury. Sterling won the fight in the second round via TKO.




6. Cory Sandhagen

Promotion: UFC

Cory Sandhagen is an American MMA fighter, with a Professional record of 15 wins and 4 losses. 

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

After losing two straight fights against Dillashaw, and Petr Yan, he defeated Song Yadong in his most recent fight and as of now, there is no official announcement about who he will fight next.




5. Merab Dvalishvili

Promotion: UFC

Merab Dvalishvili is a professional MMA fighter from Georgia, and he has a record of 15 wins and 4 losses. 

Dvalishvili is ranked #3 in the official UFC rankings and is currently on an 8-fight winning streak in the UFC. He has wins over fighters like Casey Kenney, John Dodson, Marlon Moraes, and Jose Aldo, whom he defeated in his most recent fight. 

As of now, there is no official announcement about his next fight.




4. Marlon Vera

Promotion: UFC

Marlon Vera is an MMA fighter from Ecuador. He has a professional record of 20 wins and 7 losses.

Vera is ranked #4 by the UFC and has multiple impressive wins over fighters like Brad Pickett, Sean O'Malley, Frankie Edgar, and Rob Font. In his most recent fight, Vera also defeated former Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz via knockout. 

There is no announcement about Vera’s next fight yet.




3. Petr Yan

Promotion: UFC

Petr Yan is a Russian MMA fighter, with a Professional record of 15 wins and 4 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. 

Last weekend, 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.




2. Sean O’Malley

Promotion: UFC

Sean O’Malley is an American Professional MMA fighter, with a record of 16 wins, 1 loss, and 1 no-contest. 

O’Malley has won 7 out of 9 UFC fights and won post-fight bonuses in all 7 fights. He is a very exciting fighter, and last weekend, he also defeated Petr Yan. The fight was very close, and many people believe that You should have won the fight. However, O’Mally did more damage on the feet and won the fight via Split Decision. 

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




1. Aljamain Sterling

Promotion: UFC

Title: UFC Bantamweight World Champion

Aljamain Sterling is an American MMA fighter, with a record of 22 wins and 3 losses. 

He is the current UFC bantamweight champion, and as of last weekend, has defended his title twice. 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. 

Last weekend, 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.



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