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Divisional Rankings: Bantamweight

Check out my rankings within each division by clicking on the links below.

Who is the best fighter regardless of weight class? See ESPN's pound-for-pound rankings. Plus, check out our women's pound-for-pound rankings.

Note: Results through Nov. 20.


Divisional Rankings

Heavyweight | Light heavyweight
Middleweight | Welterweight | Lightweight
Featherweight | Bantamweight | Flyweight
Women's bantamweight | Women's strawweight


BANTAMWEIGHT DIVISION (UP TO 135 POUNDS)

1. TJ Dillashaw (15-3)
The UFC strap is back around Dillashaw's waist, and it never should have left it according to him. Dillashaw's knockout over Cody Garbrandt was one of the top performances of the year and he heads into 2018 with several big fights on the table.
Next: TBD

2. Cody Garbrandt (11-1)
Garbrandt went into UFC 217 looking like one of the sport's future stars. Even though he left with a loss, that's still very much the case. He's one of the most talented, charismatic figures in the UFC. This loss shouldn't set him back too far.

Next: TBD

3. Dominick Cruz (22-2)
For the first time in just about ever, Cruz struggled to get out of the way of his opponent's offense. A loss to Cody Garbrandt at UFC 207 does not erase what was otherwise a historical year for Cruz, who reclaimed his title after multiple injuries.
Next: TBD

4. Raphael Assuncao (26-5)
Assuncao is incapable of talking trash, but that is now the only thing holding him back from a title shot. No one has a resume that matches his, at the moment. He's 10-1 in his last 11, with the only loss coming to T.J. Dillashaw.
Next: TBD

5. John Lineker (29-8)
Lineker remains one of the most dangerous fighters in the division, but a decision loss to TJ Dillashaw at UFC 207 highlighted some of his shortcomings as a mixed martial artist. Still, with the power he possesses, he'll always be in the mix.
Next: UFC Fight Night on Oct. 28, vs. Marlon Vera

6. Jimmie Rivera (21-1)
The New Jersey native is on a serious tear, having won 20 fights in a row. He looked like a serious title contender in his last fight, a decision victory over Thomas Almeida in July.
Next: TBD

7. Marlon Moraes (19-5-1)
The former WSOF champ got his first win in the UFC out of the way, a decision victory over John Dodson in November. Moraes is a pleasure to watch and in the prime of his career. Might a title run be coming?
Next: UFC Fight Night on Dec. 9, vs. Aljamain Sterling

8. Bibiano Fernandes (20-3)
Fernandes doesn't consistently go up against the top talent in the world fighting for ONE FC, but that only slightly diminishes the fact he has lost just one fight since 2008. He is coming off a submission win over Andrew Leone.
Next: TBD

9. John Dodson (19-9)
Dodson't bantamweight title aspirations have hit a rut, by the slimmest of margins. He's 2-2 since moving up in weight, with both losses coming against ranked opponents, via split decision. That's a tough break -- but 2-2 won't get him to a UFC title shot.
Next: TBD

10. Bryan Caraway (21-7)
Whatever the reason, Caraway probably hasn't received enough credit over the course of his career. A win over undefeated ranked opponent Aljamain Sterling in May, plus a 7-2 record in his last nine, finally has Caraway near the top of his division.
Next: UFC Fight Night on Dec. 9, vs. Luke Sanders