The UFC's bantamweight division is an absolute shark tank. As Aljamain Sterling sits at the top, Petr Yan anxiously awaits his chance to reclaim the belt at UFC 267.
Here's a rundown of every UFC bantamweight champion:
Dominick Cruz – WEC bantamweight champion who defeated Scott Jorgensen at WEC 53 on December 16, 2010 to win first UFC Bantamweight Championship. Defended title successfully against Urijah Faber and Demetrious Johnson. Vacates title due to injury on January 6, 2014
Renan Barao – defeats Urijah Faber at UFC 149 (7/21/12) to win interim title. Defends title against Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland. Promoted to undisputed champion on January 6, 2014. Defends title against Faber.
TJ Dillashaw – Defeats Barao at UFC 173 (5/24/14) to win title. Defends title against Joe Soto and Barao.
Dominick Cruz – Defeats Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night (1/17/16) to regain title. Defends title against Urijah Faber
Cody Garbrandt – Defeats Cruz at UFC 207 (12/30/16) to win title
TJ Dillashaw – Defeats Garbrandt at UFC 217 (11/4/17) to regain title. Defends title against Garbrandt. Relinquishes title on 3/20/19 due to failed drug test after flyweight title fight against Henry Cejudo
Henry Cejudo – Defeats Marlon Moraes at UFC 238 (6/8/19) to win vacant title. Defends title against Dominick Cruz, then retires, vacating title on May 24, 2020.
Petr Yan – Defeats Jose Aldo at UFC 251 (7/12/20) to win vacant title
Aljamain Sterling – Defeats Petr Yan at UFC 259 (3/6/21) to win title