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411’s Bantamweight MMA Rankings – T.J. Dillashaw, More

January 22, 2019 | Posted by Jonathan Solomon
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411’s Official MMA Rankings

Bantamweight Division (135 pounds)


1) T.J. Dillashaw (16-4)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: February 7, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Henry Cejudo – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC on ESPN+ – January 26, 2019

– vs. Cody Garbrandt – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC 227 – August 4, 2018

– vs. Cody Garbrandt – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC 217 – November 4, 2017

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

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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Dillashaw was finished by strikes in 32 seconds courtesy of Henry Cejudo Saturday night in Brooklyn. In his first fight at flyweight, Dillashaw felt it was stopped too early. Replays clearly showed him being knocked down more than two times and eating additional shots before it was ultimately called off. Disappointed in the heat of the moment, he will turn his focus back to bantamweight, where he remains the UFC champion. Saturday night, it sounded like both Cejudo and Dillashaw were welcoming a rematch for T.J.’s title. Such a scenario would suck for guys like Marlon Moraes, Raphael Assuncao, Jimmie Rivera and Aljamain Sterling, but it would seem to be the biggest potential fight for the division in the short term.




2) Cody Garbrandt (11-2)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: July 7, 1991

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. T.J. Dillashaw – Loss via TKO (strikes) – UFC 227 – August 4, 2018

– vs. T.J. Dillashaw – Loss via KO (strikes) – UFC 217 – November 4, 2017

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Pedro Munhoz – UFC 235 – March 2, 2019

Comment: In under two months, Garbrandt will be fighting someone not named T.J. for the first time since 2016. It will mark his first non title fight since the summer of 2016. He will return to action in anything but a “gimme” fight as he’ll meet Pedro Munhoz (17-3, 1 NC), who has been close to perfect over the last two-plus years with the exception of a split decision loss to John Dodson. It’s unclear what T.J. Dillashaw will be doing in the second half of the year, but it stands to reason whomever walks out of this fight at UFC 235 the winner, they will be a likely title contender heading into the winter months or 2020.



3) Raphael Assuncao (27-5)

Height: 5’4

Birthday: July 19, 1982

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Rob Font – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 226 – July 7, 2018

– vs. Matthew Lopez – Win via KO (punch) – UFC Fight Night – November 11, 2017

– vs. Marlon Moraes – Win via decision (split) – UFC 212 – June 3, 2017

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Marlon Moraes – UFC Fight Night – February 2, 2019



4) Marlon Moraes (21-5-1)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: April 26, 1988

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jimmie Rivera – Win via KO (head kick) – UFC Fight Night – June 1, 2018

– vs. Aljamain Sterling – Win via KO (knee) – UFC Fight Night – December 9, 2017

– vs. John Dodson – Win via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – November 11, 2017

– vs. Raphael Assuncao – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 212 – June 3, 2017

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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Raphael Assuncao – UFC Fight Night – February 2, 2019

Comment: Moraes gets his rematch with Assuncao, after dropping a decision to him in June 2017. The winner of the fight would best be described as the number one contender in the bantamweight division, even Assuncao (who is 1-1 versus Dillashaw).



5) Jimmie “El Terror” Rivera (22-2)

Height: 5’4

Birthday: June 29, 1980

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. John Dodson – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 228 – September 8, 2018

– vs. Marlon Moraes – Loss via KO (head kick) – UFC Fight Night – June 1, 2018

– vs. Thomas Almeida – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox – July 22, 2017

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Aljamain Sterling – UFC on ESPN – February 17, 2019



6) John Lineker (32-8)

Height: 5’3

Birthday: January 1, 1990

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Brian Kelleher – Win via KO (punch) – UFC 224 – May 12, 2018

– vs. Marlon Vera – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – October 28, 2017

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Over a week ago, Lineker pulled out of the UFC on ESPN+ debut with an undisclosed injury. All he said publicly was he hopes to be back soon.


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7) Kyoji Horiguchi (26-2)

Height: 5’5

Birthday: October 12, 1990

Currently Fighting With: Rizin Fighting

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Darrion Caldwell – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – Rizin 14 – December 31, 2018

– vs. Hiromasa Ogikubo – Win via decision (unanumous) – Rizin FF – July 28, 2018

– vs. Ian McCall – Win via TKO (punch) – Rizin FF – May 6, 2018

– vs. Shintaro Ishiwatari – Win via KO (punches) – Rizin Grand Prix 2017 Bantamweight Tournament – December 31, 2017

– vs. Manel Kape – Win via submission (arm triangle choke) – Rizin Grand Prix 2017 Bantamweight Tournament – December 31, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Horiguchi has won two tournaments in his career and now two bantamweight championships, too, after adding the Rizin title to his record. The win over Bellator champion Darrion Caldwell (the Bellator gold was not on the line) was Kyoji’s 11th consecutive victory and he’s expected to return to the U.S. for his first fight there since his UFC days to challenge Caldwell for the Bellator gold.



8) Aljamain “The Funk Master” Sterling (16-3)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: July 31, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Cody Stamann – Win via submission (kneebar) – UFC 228 – September 8, 2018

– vs. Brett Johns – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – April 21, 2018

– vs. Marlon Moraes – Loss via KO (knee) – UFC Fight Night – December 9, 2017

– vs. Renan Barao – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 214 – July 29, 2017

– vs. Augusto Mendes – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC on Fox – April 15, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Jimmie Rivera – UFC on ESPN – February 17, 2019



9) Darrion Caldwell (13-2)

Height: 5’10

Birthday: December 19, 1987

Currently Fighting With: Bellator MMA

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Kyoji Horiguchi – Loss via submission (guillotine choke) – Rizin 14 – December 31, 2018

– vs. Noad Lahat – Win via KO (punches) – Bellator 204 – August 17, 2018

– vs. Leandro Higo – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – Bellator 195 – March 2, 2018

– vs. Eduardo Dantas – Win via decision (unanimous) – Bellator 184 – October 6, 2017

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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Fighting on New Year’s Eve in Japan, Caldwell suffered his first loss at bantamweight (his first pro loss to Joe Taimanglo came when Taimanglo missed weight), being submitted by Kyoji Horiguchi. He remains the Bellator champion and will reportedly defend that gold against the new Rizin champion Horiguchi sometime in 2019, stateside in the Bellator cage.



10) Bibiano Fernandes (22-4)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: March 30, 1980

Currently Fighting With: One Championship

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Kevin Belingon – Loss via decision (split) – One Championship – November 9, 2018

– vs. Martin Nguyen – Win via decision (split) – One Championship – March 24, 2018

– vs. Andrew Leone – Win via submission (rear naked choke) – One Championship – August 5, 2017

– 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

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown

Comment: Bibiano will turn 39-years-old in about two months and he’s expecting an immediate rematch with Kevin Belingon for the ONE bantamweight championship, though nothing has been signed yet.



11) Kevin Belingon (20-5)

Height: 5’5

Birthday: October 30, 1987

Currently Fighting With: One Championship

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Bibiano Fernandes – Win via decision (split) – One Championship – November 9, 2018

– vs. Martin Nguyen – Win via decision (unanimous) – One Championship – July 27, 2018

– vs. Andrew Leone – Win via TKO (spinning back kick) – One Championship – April 20, 2018

– vs. Kevin Chung – Win via decision (unanimous) – One Championship – November 10, 2017

– vs. Reece McLaren – Win via KO (strikes) – One Championship – August 18, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



12) John Dodson (20-10)

Height: 5’3

Birthday: September 26, 1984

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Jimmie Rivera – Loss via decision (unanimous) – UFC 228 – September 8, 2018

– vs. Pedro Munhoz – Win via decision (split) – UFC 222 – March 3, 2018

– vs. Marlon Moraes – Loss via decision (split) – UFC Fight Night – November 11, 2017

– vs. Eddie Wineland – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – April 22, 2017

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

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Petr Yan – UFC Fight Night – February 23, 2019



13) Pedro Munhoz (17-3-1)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: September 7, 1986

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Bryan Caraway – Win via TKO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – November 30, 2018

– vs. Brett Johns – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 227 – August 4, 2018

– vs. John Dodson – Loss via decision (split) – UFC 222 – March 3, 2018

– vs. Rob Font – Win via submission (guillotine choke) – UFC Fight Night – October 28, 2017

– vs. Damian Stasiak – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – May 28, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. Cody Garbrandt – UFC 235 – March 2, 2019



14) Cody Stamann (17-2)

Height: 5’6

Birthday: November 9, 1989

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Aljamain Sterling – Loss via submission (kneebar) – UFC 228 – September 8, 2018

– vs. Bryan Caraway – Win via decision (split) – UFC 222 – March 3, 2018

– vs. Tom Duquesny – Win via decision (split) – UFC 216 – October 7, 2017

vs. Terrion Ware – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC 213 – July 8, 2017

– vs. Zac Church – Win via TKO (strikes) – Knockout Promotions 55 – April 29, 107

Next scheduled appearance:

– Unknown



15) Petr Yan (11-1)

Height: 5’7

Birthday: February 11, 1993

Currently Fighting With: UFC

Last 5 fights:

– vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade – Win via TKO (corner stoppage) – UFC 232 – December 29, 2018

– vs. Jin Soo Son – Win via decision (unanimous) – UFC Fight Night – September 15, 2018

– vs. Teruto Ishihara – Win via KO (strikes) – UFC Fight Night – June 23, 2018

– vs. Matheus Mattos – Win via TKO (strikes) – ACB 71 – September 23, 2017

– vs. Magomed Magomedov – Win via decision (unanimous) – ACB 57 – April 15, 2017

Next scheduled appearance:

– vs. John Dodson – UFC Fight Night – February 23, 2019

Closing Comments: Dominick Cruz was pulled from the rankings due to another injury. He underwent right shoulder surgery earlier this month and may miss most of 2019. He has not seen action since losing a decision to Cody Garbrandt at the end of 2016. The best bantamweight of all-time, Cruz is not eyeing retirement.

It’s worth noting that in the span of 20 days, the UFC and Bellator bantamweight champions each lost fights, and both remain champions. UFC’s T.J. Dillashaw competed at flyweight and was finished by champion Henry Cejudo. Bellator’s Darrion Caldwell competed in Rizin and lost a decision to champion Kyoti Horiguchi. Such a unique turn in the same weight class, I don’t see it repeating anytime soon.