Bantamweight (MMA)

The bantamweight division in mixed martial arts refers to a number of different weight classes:

  • The UFC's bantamweight division, which groups competitors within 126–135 lb (61.3 kg)
  • The King of the Cage bantamweight class, with upper limit at 145 lb (65.8 kg)[1]
  • The Shooto bantamweight division, which suits competitors below 125 lb (56.7 kg)
  • The ONE Championship's bantamweight division, with upper limit at 66 kg (145.5 lb)
  • The Road FC's bantamweight division, with upper limit at 135.6 lb (61.5 kg)

The bantamweight division sits between the lighter flyweight (116–125 lb) division and the heavier featherweight division (136–145 lb).

Ambiguity and clarificationEdit

For the sake of uniformity, many American mixed martial arts websites refer to competitors between 126 and 135 lb (57 and 61 kg) as bantamweights, as it encompasses both the Shooto Featherweight division (132 lb / 60 kg) and the King of the Cage Flyweight division (135 lb / 61 kg). The Association of Boxing Commissions, which governs MMA in that country, uses the 126-135 standard for "bantamweight".

Prior to UFC 31, 150-pound (68 kg) fighters were known as bantamweights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, after which the weight limit was raised to 155 lb (70 kg), and the division was reinstated as the lightweight class.

The bantamweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[2] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[3] is 135 lb (61.36 kg).

Professional championsEdit

Current championsEdit

These tables were last updated in August 2020.

Men:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC July 11, 2020   Petr Yan 15–1 (7KO 1SUB) 0
Bellator N/A   Vacant N/A N/A
Rizin FF August 10, 2020   Kai Asakura 15–2 (10KO 2SUB) 0
ONE Championship March 31, 2019   Bibiano Fernandes 24–4 (2KO 9SUB) 1
Fight Nights Global October 10, 2017   Tomáš Deák 20–10–1 (6KO 8SUB) 1
Cage Warriors September 6, 2019   Jack Cartwright 8–0 (3KO 4SUB) 1
ACA March 6, 2020   Daniel Oliveira 27–6 (9KO 11SUB) 0
Brave CF November 17, 2017   Stephen Loman 13–2 (4KO 2SUB) 4
Legacy Fighting Alliance N/A   Vacant N/A N/A

Women:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC July 9, 2016   Amanda Nunes 20–4 (13KO 3SUB) 5
Invicta FC N/A   Vacant N/A N/A

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fighters: Rankings ..." KingoftheCage.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
  2. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: `er 467 - Unarmed Combat". leg.state.nv.us. Archived from the original on 16 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
  3. ^ "Unified Rules of MMA". ABCBoxing.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-15.