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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 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 became 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 April 2019.

     Active title reign

Men:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC June 8, 2019   Henry Cejudo 15-2 (8KO 7SUB) 0
Bellator MMA June 14, 2019   Kyoji Horiguchi 28-2 (14KO 3SUB) 0
Rizin FF December 31, 2018   Kyoji Horiguchi 28-2 (14KO 3SUB) 0
ONE Championship March 31st, 2019   Bibiano Fernandes 23-4 (2KO 8SUB) 0
Fight Nights Global October 10, 2017   Tomáš Deák 18-9-1 (6KO 8SUB) 1
Cage Warriors December 8, 2018   Jack Shore 11-0 (4KO 5SUB) 1
ACA March 24, 2018   Rustam Kerimov 13-0 (5KO 2SUB) 1
Legacy Fighting Alliance November 30, 2018   Miles Johns 8-0 (2KO 1SUB) 0

Women:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC July 9, 2016   Amanda Nunes 17-4 (12KO 3SUB) 3
Invicta FC May 4, 2018   Sarah Kaufman 20-4 (10KO 1SUB) 0

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.