UFC Odds- Bantamweight Power Rankings
UFC Odds: The Bantamweight Division
It’s tough being a 135-pound UFC fighter these days. For whatever reason, casual fans aren’t into watching “little guys” bang. Sadly, they’re missing out on some of the best action in MMA.
In the world of the UFC, you can go from zero to hero in the blink of an eye (or vice versa…just ask Ronda Rousey) and Cody Garbrandt knows exactly how that feels. Garbrandt is fresh off a decimation of the trash-talking Dominick Cruz. It’s safe to say that “No Love” let’s his fists do the talking for him, and he will be well deserving of ample love from the UFC after climbing to the top of the Bantamweight Division rankings.
What the division lacks in knockout power, it makes up for in speed. These guys look like they’re flying around the octagon when they’re going at it. Their conditioning and technique is off the charts - you will never see a slow-paced bantamweight bout. This weight class is an MMA purist’s dream.
Let’s take a deeper look into a fascinating weight class. Remember, you can bet on your favorite fighters with the UFC odds at BookMaker.eu.
UFC Bantamweight Division top 10 fighters
Weight Limit: 135 pounds
Average Height: 67.1” (5’7.1”)
Average Reach: 68.8” (5’9.8”)
Current UFC Rankings (As of January 2017)
Champion: Cody Garbrandt
1. Dominick Cruz
2. T.J. Dillashaw
3. John Lineker
4. Raphael Assuncao
5. Bryan Caraway
6. Jimmie Rivera
7. Aljamain Sterling
8. Michael McDonald
9. John Dodson
10. Thomas Almeida
It seems like Dominick Cruz has been around forever, but he’s just 31. He’s still squarely in his prime, as are a number of contenders like Raphael Assuncao and Bryan Caraway. Then you’ve got top-10 guys like Jimmie Rivera, Cody Garbrandt and Aljamain Sterling all in their mid-to-late 20s. This division is quietly stacked with top talent that should be around for a while.
Fighters to Watch
Best Knockout Artist: Cody Garbrandt. Just 25 years old, he’s already reached the pinnacle of the division. He’s as fast as anybody at bantamweight, but can put out the lights like a guy 20 pounds heavier. As he gains experience, he’ll be even scarier than he is now.
Best Body Puncher: John Lineker. I realize that this is a very specific category, but Lineker’s rib shot special is oh so good. Like Garbrandt, he’s got one-punch KO power, and watching dudes crumble after a shot to the solar plexus is a rare treat for MMA fans.
Prospect Watch: Jimmie Rivera. This guy is ready for a title eliminator. A ridiculous 20-1 in pro MMA and 4-0 in the UFC, Rivera’s brutal wrestling game makes him the division’s premier grinder. He may not be fun to watch, but he can sap the will out of fighters within one round.
The Greatest: Dominick Cruz. He may have lost his belt, but that doesn’t discredit all the years where nobody could touch him. The Dominator is still squarely in the title mix and should be there for the next few years.
The Future of Bantamweight
Let’s hope that this division gains more fans, because the fighters are worthy of our attention. It’s not in danger of going away, but it’s a crime that nobody can pull off a pay-per-view card headliner. For now, hardcore fans will quietly enjoy some of the best matchups the UFC has to offer.
UFC Power Rankings
- Heavyweight Division
- Light Heavyweight Division
- Middleweight Division
- Welterweight Division
- Lightweight Division
- Featherweight Division
- Bantamweight Division
- Flyweight Division
- Womens Strawweight Division
- Womens Bantamweight Division
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