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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 06: (R-L) Aljamain Sterling punches Petr Yan of Russia in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 259
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UFC Bantamweight Title Lineage

Recap Every UFC Bantamweight That Has Won The 135 Pound Title:

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

WEC 6/1 Dominick Cruz

WEC 6/1 Dominick Cruz


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.

CALGARY, CANADA - JULY 21:  Renan Barao celebrates his victory over Urijah Faber as UFC President Dana White gives him the Championship belt after their UFC interim bantamweight championship bout at UFC 149 inside the Scotiabank Saddledome on July 21, 201

CALGARY, CANADA - JULY 21: Renan Barao celebrates his victory over Urijah Faber as UFC President Dana White gives him the Championship belt after their UFC interim bantamweight championship bout at UFC 149 inside the Scotiabank Saddledome on July 21, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Nick Laham/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


TJ Dillashaw – Defeats Barao at UFC 173 (5/24/14) to win title. Defends title against Joe Soto and Barao.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 24:  T.J. Dillashaw reacts to his victory over Renan Barao in their bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 173 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 24, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC v

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 24: T.J. Dillashaw reacts to his victory over Renan Barao in their bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 173 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 24, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


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

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 30:  (L-R) Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz taunt each other in their UFC bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 207 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuf

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 30: (L-R) Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz taunt each other in their UFC bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 207 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


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.

Henry Cejudo celebrates his TKO victory over Marlon Moraes of Brazil in their bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 238 event at the United Center on June 8, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Henry Cejudo celebrates his TKO victory over Marlon Moraes of Brazil in their bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 238 event at the United Center on June 8, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Petr Yan – Defeats Jose Aldo at UFC 251 (7/12/20) to win vacant title

Petr Yan of Russia celebrates after his TKO victory over Jose Aldo in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
Petr Yan of Russia celebrates after his TKO victory over Jose Aldo in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bot

Aljamain Sterling – Defeats Petr Yan at UFC 259 (3/6/21) to win title

Aljamain Sterling reacts after his victory by disqualification over Petr Yan of Russia due to an intentional foul in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06 2021 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
Aljamain Sterling reacts after his victory by disqualification over Petr Yan of Russia due to an intentional foul in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bott