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411 MMA Rankings: Bantamweight Division

February 17, 2017 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon


411’s MMA Rankings Guidelines

– Which fighters are eligible for these rankings? They must meet the following qualifications: fight at least once in the past 365 days or if they have not, be officially scheduled for an upcoming fight.

– A fighter serving a disciplinary suspension will not be ranked. They can return when they have served their suspension or in the event it is rescinded. This includes fighters who may disregard their suspension locally to fight overseas.

– If a fighter appears on just one single ballot, and in the top ten, five points will be deducted to balance between other fighters who may be ranked lower, but appear on a greater amount of ballots.

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411’s Official MMA Rankings

Bantamweight Division (135 pounds)


1) Cody Garbrandt (11-0)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: July 7, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Dominick Cruz – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 207 – December 30, 2016

– vs. Takeya Mizugaki – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 202 – August 20, 2016

– vs. Thomas Almeida – Win via KO (punches) – UFC Fight Night – May 29, 2016

– vs. Augusto Mendes – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – February 21, 2016

– vs. Henry Briones – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 189 – July 11, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: New champ Garbrandt and former champ/teammate T.J. Dillashaw are official as the next TUF coaches on the 25th U.S. season kicking off on April 19.




2) Dominick Cruz (22-2)

Height: 5’8

Birthday: September 3, 1985

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Cody Garbrandt – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 207 – December 30, 2016

– vs. Urijah Faber – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping 2 – June 4, 2016

– vs. T.J. Dillashaw – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – January 17, 2016

– vs. Takeya Mizugaki – Win via TKO (punches) – UFC 178: Alvarez vs. Cerrone – September 27, 2014

– vs. Demetrious Johnson – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Versus: Cruz vs. Faber – October 1, 2011

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



3) T.J. Dillashaw (14-3)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: February 7, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Win via decision (unanimous) – John Lineker – UFC 207 – December 30, 2016

– vs. Raphael Assuncao – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 200 – July 9, 2016

– vs. Dominick Cruz – Loss via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – January 17, 2016

– vs. Renan Barao – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2 – July 25, 2015

– vs. Joe Soto – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Soto – August 30, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. T.J. Dillashaw – UFC – Summer 2017



4) John Lineker (30-8)

Height: 5’3

Birthday: January 1, 1990

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. T.J. Dillashaw – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 207 – December 30, 2016

– vs. John Dodson – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – October 1, 2016

– vs. Michael McDonald – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – July 13, 2016

– vs. Rob Font – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 198 – May 14, 2016

– vs. Francisco Rivera – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC 191 – September 5, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



5) Jimmie “El Terror” Rivera (20-1)

Height: 5’4

Birthday: June 29, 1980

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Urijah Faber – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem – September 10, 2016

– vs. Iuri Alcantara – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox – January 30, 2016

– vs. Pedro Munhoz – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – November 7, 2015

– vs. Marcus Brimage – Win via KO (punches) – UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites – July 18, 2015

– vs. Carson Beebe – Win via KO (punch) – CFFC 48: Good vs. Burrell – May 9, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



6) Raphael Assuncao (24-5)

Height: 5’4

Birthday: July 19, 1982

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Aljamain Sterling – Win via decision (split) – UFC on Fox – January 28, 2017

– vs. T.J. Dillashaw – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 200: Cormier vs. Jones 2 – July 9, 2016

– vs. Bryan Caraway – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine – October 4, 2014

– vs. Pedro Munhoz – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann – February 22, 2014

– vs. T.J. Dillashaw – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields – October 9, 2013

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



7) Marlon Moraes (18-4-1)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: April 26, 1988

Currently Fighting With: Free Agent

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Josenaldo Silva – Win via TKO (knee injury) – WSOF 34 – December 31, 2016

– vs. Josh Hill – Win via KO (strikes) – WSOF 32 – July 30, 2016

– vs. Joseph Barajas – Win via TKO (leg kicks) – WSOF 28 – February 20, 2016

– vs. Sheymon da Silva Moraes – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – WSOF 22 – August 1, 2015

– vs. Josh Hill – Win via decision (unanimous) – WSOF 18: Moraes vs. Hill – February 12, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Moraes’ run as the dominant WSOF bantamweight champion came to an end with his final fight for the promotion, on New Years Eve. Now, he’s a free agent and in talks with the UFC to join their 135-pound division.



8) Bibiano Fernandes (20-3)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: March 30, 1980

Currently Fighting With: One Fighting Championship

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Reece McLaren – Win via decision (split) – One FC – December 2, 2016

– vs. Kevin Belingon – Win via submission (Kimura) – One FC 36: Dynasty of Champions – January 23, 2016

– vs. Toni Tauru – Win via KO (punch) – One FC 29: Kingdom of Warriors – July 18, 2015

– vs. Dae Hwan Kim – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – One FC 23: Warrior’s Way – December 5, 2014

– vs. Masakatsu Ueda – Win via decision (unanimous) – One FC 15: Rise of Heroes – May 2, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



9) Bryan Caraway (21-7)

Height: 5’8

Birthday: August 4, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Aljamain Sterling – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – May 29, 2016

– vs. Eddie Wineland – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2 – July 25, 2015

– vs. Raphael Assuncao – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine – October 4, 2014

– vs. Erik Perez – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov – June 7, 2014

– vs. Johnny Bedford – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen – April 27, 2013

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Jimmie Rivera – UFC Fight Night – January 17, 2017



10) John Dodson (19-8)

Height: 5’3

Birthday: September 26, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. John Lineker – Loss via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – October 1, 2016

– vs. Manny Gamburyan – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC on Fox – April 16, 2016

– vs. Demetrious Johnson – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 191 – September 5, 2015

– vs. Zach Makovsky – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 187 – May 23, 2015

– vs. John Moraga – Win via TKO (doctor stoppage) – UFC Fight Night – June 7, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



11) Eduardo Dantas (19-4)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: February 3, 1989

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Joe Warren – Win via decision (split) – Bellator 166 – December 2, 2016

– vs. Marcos Galvao – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 156 – June 17, 2016

– vs. Mike Richman – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 137 – May 15, 2015

– vs. Joe Warren – Loss via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 128 – October 10, 2014

– vs. Anthony Leone – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – Bellator 111 – March 7, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Darrion Caldwell – Bellator 177 – April 14, 2017



12) Aljamain “The Funk Master” Sterling (12-2)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: July 31, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Raphael Assuncao – Loss via decision (split) – UFC on Fox – January 28, 2017

– vs. Bryan Caraway – Loss via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – May 29, 2016

– vs. Johnny Eduardo – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC Fight Night – December 10, 2015

– vs. Takeya Mizugaki – Win via submission (arm triangle choke) – UFC on FOX: Machida vs. Rockhold – April 18, 2015

– vs. Hugo Viana – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller – July 16, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



13) Thomas Almeida (21-1)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: July 31, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Albert Morales – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – November 19, 2016

– vs. Cody Garbrandt – Loss via KO (punches) – UFC Fight Night – May 29, 2016

– vs. Anthony Birchak – Win via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – November 7, 2015

– vs. Brad Pickett – Win via KO (knee) – UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor – July 11, 2015

– vs. Yves Jabouin – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi – April 25, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



14) Rani Yahya (23-8, 1 NC)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: September 12, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Michinori Tanaka – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – September 24, 2016

– vs. Matthew Lopez – Win via submission (arm triangle choke) – UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker – July 13, 2016

– vs. Masanori Kanehara – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee – July 15, 2015

– vs. Johnny Bedford – Win via submission (kimura) – UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski – September 13, 2014

– vs. Johnny Bedford – No Contest (headbutt) – UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson – April 11, 2014

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



15) Darrion “The Wolf” Caldwell (10-1)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: December 19, 1987

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Joe Taimanglo – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 167 – December 3, 2016

– vs. Joe Taimanglo – Loss via submission (guillotine choke) – Bellator 159 – July 22, 2016

– vs. Joe Warren – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – Bellator 151 – March 4, 2016

– vs. Shawn Bunch – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – Bellator 143 – September 25, 2015

– vs. Rafael Silva – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 137 – May 15, 2015

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Eduardo Dantas – Bellator 177 – April 14, 2017

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