With newly crowned 135-pound champion Cody Garbrandt leading the pack, bantamweight has actually become one of the most intriguing and exciting divisions in the UFC.
After scoring a dominant decision victory over Dominick Cruz this past December, “No Love” established himself as a champion to watch and he will make the first defense of his title in a grudge match against former champion and former teammate TJ Dillashaw at UFC 213 this July.
The division also has a plethora of contenders who could reasonably challenge for the title in the near future including names like Raphael Assuncao, John Lineker, Jimmie Rivera and Aljamain Sterling to name a few. Former WSOF champion Marlon Moraes also recently signed with the UFC.
At this point, bantamweight stands as one of the ver few division in the UFC that isn’t a mess engorged with uncertainty.
The featherweight division is another weight class that has gone through a transition period in recent years. Conor McGregor brutally knocked out Jose Aldo in Dec. 2015, but he then put the division on hold by accepting back-to-back fights with Nate Diaz before the promotion stripped him of his title late last year.
Aldo is now back at the helm and he will defend his title in the main event of UFC 212 on June 3, 2017 against interim titleholder Max Holloway in what should be quite an exciting fight.
No. 4-ranked Cub Swanson has won four straight and will likely be next in line for a title shot. Former title challenger Chan Sung Jung also recently returned from a hiatus with an impressive victory.
While the division does indeed have a few viable contenders, its future is currently unclear. Aldo has been known to be rather inactive as well, so the outcome of UFC 212 should give us some more insight as to where the division is headed.