List of Bellator MMA champions

Bellator MMA (formerly known as "Bellator Fighting Championships") is an American mixed martial arts promotion, and the following is a history of its champions in each weight class.

At the time of its inception in 2008, CEO Bjorn Rebney founded Bellator Fighting Championships as a tournament based organization. The inaugural champion for each weight class was determined by the winner of an eight-man tournament. All subsequent title challengers were required to first win an eight-man tournament in a specific weight class in order to earn the right to challenge that division's reigning champion. Dethroned champions were required to re-enter the tournaments in order to attempt to regain their title. Under Bjorn Rebney's sole leadership, Bellator MMA would strictly adhere to these rules during the first four years of its operation.

The first changes to this format would begin to appear not long after Viacom, Inc. purchased a controlling stake in the organization.[1] In November 2012, CEO Bjorn Rebney announced the introduction of a "championship rematch clause". This would allow Bellator to schedule an immediate title-fight rematch if officials deemed the fight necessary.[2] The next major change occurred during Bellator's 2013 Summer Series when it was announced that all three tournaments would be shorter, four-man affairs instead of the standard eight.[3] Though originally stated to return to the eight-man only tournaments afterwards, officials instead decided to add two additional four-man tournaments to the existing tournament lineup in an effort to provide a more consistent flow of title challengers for their champions to face.[4]

Two additional rule changes would be announced. The first was the "tournament champion replacement clause" introduced in August 2013. This allowed officials to grant title shots to replacement fighters when tournament winners were injured, or otherwise unavailable, through a complex voting and points system.[5] Then, in June 2014, CEO Bjorn Rebney made an announcement stating that any fighter who had previously won a Bellator tournament would maintain permanent eligibility to fight for a title without having to re-enter another tournament.[6] Neither of these changes would ever be implemented, however, as one week later Bellator MMA and its founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney parted ways, bringing about an end to the organization's tournament based model.[7][8]

Current championsEdit

Men[9]
Division Champion Since Defenses
Heavyweight   Ryan Bader Jan 26, 2019 0
  Valentin Moldavsky (ic) June 25, 2021 0
Light Heavyweight   Vadim Nemkov Aug 21, 2020 2
Middleweight   Gegard Mousasi Oct 29, 2020 1
Welterweight   Yaroslav Amosov June 11, 2021 0
Lightweight   Patricky Pitbull Nov 5, 2021 0
Featherweight   A. J. McKee July 31, 2021 0
Bantamweight   Sergio Pettis May 7, 2021 0
Women[9]
Division Champion Since Defenses
Women's Featherweight   Cris Cyborg Jan 25, 2020 3
Women's Flyweight   Juliana Velasquez Dec 10, 2020 1

Men's championship historyEdit

Heavyweight World ChampionshipEdit

206 to 265 lbs (93 to 120 kg)

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Cole Konrad
def. Neil Grove
Bellator 32
Kansas City, MO, USA
October 14, 2010 699 days 1. def. Eric Prindle at Bellator 70 on May 25, 2012
Konrad vacated the title on September 12, 2012 when he retired from MMA competition.[10]
2   Alexander Volkov
def. Rich Hale
Bellator 84
Hammond, IN, USA
December 14, 2012 337 days
3   Vitaly Minakov Bellator 108
Atlantic City, NJ, USA
November 15, 2013 911 days 1. def. Cheick Kongo at Bellator 115 on Apr 4, 2014
Minakov was stripped of the title on May 14, 2016 after failing to make title defenses.[11]
4   Ryan Bader
def. Fedor Emelianenko
Bellator 214
Inglewood, CA, USA
January 26, 2019 1036 days
(incumbent)
NC. vs. Cheick Kongo at Bellator 226 on September 7, 2019
-   Valentin Moldavsky
def. Timothy Johnson for the interim title
Bellator 261
Uncasville, CT, USA
June 25, 2021 155 days
(incumbent)

Light Heavyweight World ChampionshipEdit

186 to 205 lbs (84 to 93 kg)

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Christian M'Pumbu
def. Rich Hale
Bellator 45
Lake Charles, LA, USA
May 21, 2011 650 days
2   Attila Végh Bellator 91
Rio Rancho, NM, USA
February 28, 2013 387 days
-   Emanuel Newton
def. Muhammed Lawal for interim title
Bellator 106
Long Beach, CA, USA
November 2, 2013
3   Emanuel Newton Bellator 113
Mulvane, KS, USA
March 21, 2014 343 days 1. def. Joey Beltran at Bellator 124 on Sep 12, 2014
2. def. Linton Vassell at Bellator 130 on Oct 24, 2014
4   Liam McGeary Bellator 134
Uncasville, CT, USA
February 27, 2015 617 days 1. def. Tito Ortiz at Bellator 142: Dynamite 1 on Sep 19, 2015
5   Phil Davis Bellator 163
Uncasville, CT, USA
November 4, 2016 232 days
6   Ryan Bader Bellator 180
New York City, NY, USA
June 24, 2017 1155 days 1. def. Linton Vassell at Bellator 186 on Nov 3, 2017
7   Vadim Nemkov Bellator 244
Uncasville, CT, USA
August 21, 2020 463 days
(incumbent)

1. def. Phil Davis at Bellator 257 on Apr 16, 2021
2. def. Julius Anglickas at Bellator 268 on Oct 16, 2021

Middleweight World ChampionshipEdit

171 to 185 lbs (77 to 84 kg)

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Hector Lombard
def. Jared Hess
Bellator 12
Hollywood, FL, USA
June 19, 2009 1,040 days 1. def. Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 34 on Oct 28, 2010
Lombard vacated the title on April 24, 2012 when he left Bellator for the UFC.[12]
2   Alexander Shlemenko
def. Maiquel Falcão
Bellator 88
Duluth, GA, USA
February 7, 2013 597 days 1. def. Brett Cooper at Bellator 98 on Sep 7, 2013
2. def. Doug Marshall at Bellator 109 on Nov 22, 2013
3. def. Brennan Ward at Bellator 114 on Mar 28, 2014
3   Brandon Halsey Bellator 126
Phoenix, AZ, USA
September 26, 2014 230 days
Halsey was stripped of the title on May 14, 2015 after failing to make weight for his Bellator 137 title defense. Halsey defeated Kendall Grove in a catchweight (188 lbs) bout in which the title was at stake for Grove only[13]
4   Rafael Carvalho
def. Brandon Halsey
Bellator 144
Uncasville, CT, USA
October 23, 2015 945 days 1. def. Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 155 on May 20, 2016
2. def. Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 176 on April 8, 2017
3. def. Alessio Sakara at Bellator 190 on Dec 9, 2017
5   Gegard Mousasi Bellator 200
London, United Kingdom
May 25, 2018 394 days 1. def. Rory MacDonald at Bellator 206 on Sept 29, 2018
6   Rafael Lovato Jr. Bellator 223
London, United Kingdom
June 22, 2019 233 days
Lovato vacated the title on February 10, 2020 when it was revealed he had been diagnosed with a cerebral cavernoma.[14]
7   Gegard Mousasi (2)
def. Douglas Lima
Bellator 250
Uncasville, CT, USA
October 29, 2020 394 days
(incumbent)
1. def. John Salter at Bellator 264 on August 13, 2021

Welterweight World ChampionshipEdit

156 to 170 lbs (70 to 77 kg)

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Lyman Good
def. Omar de la Cruz
Bellator 11
Uncasville, CT, USA
June 12, 2009 485 days
2   Ben Askren Bellator 33
Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 21, 2010 1,120 days 1. def. Jay Hieron at Bellator 56 on Oct 29, 2011
2. def. Douglas Lima at Bellator 64 on Apr 6, 2012
3. def. Karl Amoussou at Bellator 86 on Jan 24, 2013
4. def. Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 97 on Jul 31, 2013
Askren vacated the title on November 14, 2013 when he left Bellator for the ONE FC.[15]
3   Douglas Lima
def. Rick Hawn
Bellator 117
Council Bluffs, IA, USA
April 18, 2014 455 days
4   Andrey Koreshkov Bellator 140
Uncasville, CT, USA
July 17, 2015 482 days 1. def. Benson Henderson at Bellator 153 on April 22, 2016
5   Douglas Lima (2) Bellator 164
Tel Aviv, Israel
November 10, 2016 437 days
(892 days)
1. def. Lorenz Larkin at Bellator NYC on June 24, 2017
6   Rory MacDonald Bellator 192
Inglewood, CA, USA
January 20, 2018 644 days 1. drew with Jon Fitch at Bellator 220 on April 27, 2019
2. def. Neiman Gracie at Bellator 222 on June 14, 2019
7   Douglas Lima (3) Bellator 232
Uncasville, CT, USA
October 26, 2019 594 days
8   Yaroslav Amosov Bellator 260
Uncasville, CT, USA
June 11, 2021 169 days
(incumbent)

Lightweight World ChampionshipEdit

146 to 155 lbs (66 to 70 kg)

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Eddie Alvarez
def. Toby Imada
Bellator 12
Hollywood, FL, USA
June 19, 2009 883 days 1. def. Pat Curran at Bellator 39 on Apr 2, 2011
2   Michael Chandler Bellator 58
Hollywood, FL, USA
November 19, 2011 715 days 1. def. Rick Hawn at Bellator 85 on Jan 17, 2013
2. def. David Rickels at Bellator 97 on Jul 31, 2013
3   Eddie Alvarez (2) Bellator 106
Long Beach, CA, USA
November 2, 2013 290 days
(1123 days)
-   Will Brooks
def. Michael Chandler for interim title
Bellator 120
Southaven, MS, USA
May 17, 2014
Alvarez vacated the title on August 19, 2014 when he left Bellator for the UFC.[16]
Brooks was not promoted to champion, due to his desire not to renew with the event and the possibility of losing the last two champions of the division to a rival organization.[17]
4   Will Brooks
def. Michael Chandler for undisputed title
Bellator 131
San Diego, CA, USA
November 15, 2014 546 days 1. def. Dave Jansen at Bellator 136 on Apr 10, 2015
2. def. Marcin Held at Bellator 145 on Nov 6, 2015
Brooks vacated the title on May 14, 2016 when he left Bellator for the UFC.[11]
5   Michael Chandler (2)
def. Patricky Pitbull
Bellator 157
St. Louis, MO, USA
June 24, 2016 365 days
(1080 days)
1. def. Benson Henderson at Bellator 165 on Nov 19, 2016
6   Brent Primus
Bellator NYC
New York City, NY, USA
June 24, 2017 539 days
7   Michael Chandler (3) Bellator 212
Honolulu, HI, USA
December 14, 2018 149 days
(1229 days)
8   Patrício Pitbull Bellator 221
Rosemont, IL, USA
May 11, 2019 879 days
Patrício vacated the title on October 6, 2021.[18]
9   Patricky Pitbull
def. Peter Queally
Bellator 270
Dublin, Ireland
November 5, 2021 22 days
(incumbent)

Featherweight World ChampionshipEdit

136 to 145 lbs (61 to 66 kg)

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Joe Soto
def. Yahir Reyes
Bellator 10
Ontario, CA, USA
June 5, 2009 454 days
2   Joe Warren Bellator 27
San Antonio, TX, USA
September 2, 2010 554 days
3   Pat Curran Bellator 60
Hammond, IN, USA
March 9, 2012 604 days 1. def. Patrício Freire at Bellator 85 on Jan 17, 2013
2. def. Shahbulat Shamhalaev at Bellator 95 on Apr 4, 2013
4   Daniel Straus Bellator 106
Long Beach, CA, USA
November 2, 2013 133 days
5   Pat Curran (2) Bellator 112
Hammond, IN, USA
March 14, 2014 176 days
(780 days)
6   Patrício Freire Bellator 123
Uncasville, CT, USA
September 5, 2014 428 days 1. def. Daniel Straus at Bellator 132 on Jan 16, 2015
2. def. Daniel Weichel at Bellator 138 on Jun 19, 2015
7   Daniel Straus (2) Bellator 145
St. Louis, MO, USA
November 6, 2015 532 days
(665 days)
8   Patrício Freire (2) Bellator 178
Uncasville, CT, USA
April 21, 2017 1562 days
(1990 days)
1. def. Daniel Weichel at Bellator 203 on Jul 14, 2018
2. def. Emmanuel Sanchez at Bellator 209 on Nov 15, 2018
3. def. Juan Archuleta at Bellator 228 on Sept 28, 2019
4. def. Pedro Carvalho at Bellator 252 on Nov 12, 2020
5. def. Emmanuel Sanchez at Bellator 255 on Apr 2, 2021
9   A.J. McKee Bellator 263
Inglewood, CA, USA
July 31, 2021 119 days (incumbent)

Bantamweight World ChampionshipEdit

126 to 135 lbs (57 to 61 kg)

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Zach Makovsky
def. Ed West
Bellator 32
Kansas City, MO, USA
October 14, 2010 547 days
2   Eduardo Dantas Bellator 65
Atlantic City, NJ, USA
April 13, 2012 911 days 1. def. Marcos Galvão at Bellator 89 on Feb 14, 2013
2. def. Anthony Leone at Bellator 111 on Mar 8, 2014
-   Joe Warren
def. Rafael Silva for interim title
Bellator 118
Atlantic City, NJ, USA
May 2, 2014
3   Joe Warren Bellator 128
Thackerville, OK, USA
October 10, 2014 169 days
4   Marcos Galvão Bellator 135
Thackerville, OK, USA
March 27, 2015 448 days
5   Eduardo Dantas (2) Bellator 156
Fresno, CA, USA
June 17, 2016 477 days
(1338 days)
1. def. Joe Warren at Bellator 166 on Dec 2, 2016
6   Darrion Caldwell Bellator 184
Thackerville, OK, USA
October 6, 2017 617 days 1. def. Leandro Higo at Bellator 195 on Mar 2, 2018
7   Kyoji Horiguchi Bellator 222
New York City, NY, USA
June 14, 2019 166 days
Horiguchi vacated the title on November 27, 2019 for the division not to stagnate when he announced he was injured.[19]
8   Juan Archuleta
def. Patchy Mix
Bellator 246
Uncasville, CT, USA
September 12, 2020 237 days
9   Sergio Pettis Bellator 258
Uncasville, CT, USA
May 7, 2021 204 days
(incumbent)

Women's championship historyEdit

Women's Featherweight World ChampionshipEdit

126 pounds (57 kg) to 145 pounds (66 kg)

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Julia Budd
def. Marloes Coenen
Bellator 174
Thackerville, OK, USA
March 3, 2017 1730 days 1. def. Arlene Blencowe at Bellator 189 on Dec 1, 2017
2. def. Talita Nogueira at Bellator 202 on Jul 13, 2018
3. def. Olga Rubin at Bellator 224 on Jul 12, 2019
2   Cris Cyborg Bellator 238
Inglewood, CA, USA
January 25, 2020 672 days
(incumbent)
1. def. Arlene Blencowe at Bellator 249 on Oct 15, 2020
2. def. Leslie Smith at Bellator 259 on May 21, 2021
3. def. Sinead Kavanagh at Bellator 271 on November 12, 2021

Women's Flyweight World ChampionshipEdit

116 pounds (53 kg) to 125 pounds (57 kg)

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Ilima-Lei Macfarlane
def. Emily Ducote
Bellator 186
University Park, PA, USA
November 3, 2017 1133 days 1. def. Alejandra Lara at Bellator 201 on Jun 29, 2018
2. def. Valérie Létourneau at Bellator 213 on December 15, 2018
3. def. Veta Arteaga at Bellator 220 on April 27, 2019
4. def. Kate Jackson at Bellator 236 on December 21, 2019
2   Juliana Velasquez Bellator 254
Uncasville, CT, USA
December 10, 2020 352 days
(incumbent)
1. def. Denise Kielholtz at Bellator 262 on July 16, 2021

Women's Strawweight World ChampionshipEdit

Under 115 pounds (52 kg)

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Zoila Gurgel
def. Megumi Fujii
Bellator 34
Hollywood, FL, USA
October 28, 2010 831 days
Gurgel vacated the title on February 5, 2013 when she sign with Invicta FC. The title was subsequently deactivated.[20]

Tournament winnersEdit

Originally, all title challengers were determined through these tournaments with the winners earning the right to challenge the reigning champion at that weight class or, if necessary, be allowed to compete for an interim or vacant title.

Bellator Fighting Championships: Season OneEdit

(April 3, 2009 - June 19, 2009)

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Middleweight[1]   Hector Lombard   Jared Hess Bellator 12 June 19, 2009
Welterweight[2]   Lyman Good   Omar De La Cruz Bellator 11 June 12, 2009
Lightweight[3]   Eddie Alvarez   Toby Imada Bellator 12 June 19, 2009
Featherweight[4]   Joe Soto   Yahir Reyes Bellator 10 June 5, 2009

^ 1: Tournament determined the inaugural Bellator Middleweight Champion.
^ 2: Tournament determined the inaugural Bellator Welterweight Champion.
^ 3: Tournament determined the inaugural Bellator Lightweight Champion.
^ 4: Tournament determined the inaugural Bellator Featherweight Champion.

Bellator Fighting Championships: Season TwoEdit

(April 8, 2010 - June 24, 2010)

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Middleweight   Alexander Shlemenko   Bryan Baker Bellator 23 June 24, 2010
Welterweight   Ben Askren   Dan Hornbuckle Bellator 22 June 17, 2010
Lightweight   Pat Curran   Toby Imada Bellator 21 June 10, 2010
Featherweight   Joe Warren   Patricio Freire Bellator 23 June 24, 2010

Bellator Fighting Championships: Season ThreeEdit

(August 12, 2010 - October 28, 2010)

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Heavyweight[1]   Cole Konrad   Neil Grove Bellator 32 October 14, 2010
Bantamweight[2]   Zach Makovsky   Ed West Bellator 32 October 14, 2010
Women's Strawweight[3]   Zoila Gurgel   Megumi Fujii Bellator 34 October 28, 2010

^ 1: Tournament determined the inaugural Bellator Heavyweight Champion.
^ 2: Tournament determined the inaugural Bellator Bantamweight Champion.
^ 3: Tournament determined the inaugural Bellator Women's Strawweight Champion.

Bellator Fighting Championships: Season FourEdit

(March 5, 2011 - May 21, 2011)

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Light Heavyweight[1]   Christian M'Pumbu   Richard Hale Bellator 45 May 21, 2011
Welterweight   Jay Hieron   Rick Hawn Bellator 43 May 7, 2011
Lightweight   Michael Chandler   Patricky Freire Bellator 44 May 14, 2011
Featherweight   Patrício Freire   Daniel Straus Bellator 45 May 21, 2011

^ 1: Tournament determined the inaugural Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion.

Bellator Fighting Championships: 2011 Summer SeriesEdit

(June 25, 2011 - August 20, 2011)

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Featherweight   Pat Curran   Marlon Sandro Bellator 48 August 20, 2011

Bellator Fighting Championships: Season FiveEdit

(September 27, 2011 - November 26, 2011)

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Heavyweight[1]   Eric Prindle   Thiago Santos Bellator 62 March 23, 2012
Middleweight[2]   Alexander Shlemenko   Vitor Vianna Bellator 57 November 12, 2011
Welterweight   Douglas Lima   Ben Saunders Bellator 57 November 12, 2011
Bantamweight   Eduardo Dantas   Alexis Vila Bellator 59 November 26, 2011

^ 1: Following a no contest in the finals at Bellator 59, a rematch between Prindle and Santos was cancelled at Bellator 61, and again at Bellator 62 when Santos was unable to make weight. Prindle was awarded the tournament victory.[21]
^ 2: Shlemenko next faced Season Six tournament winner Maiquel Falcão for the vacant middleweight title.

Bellator Fighting Championships: Season SixEdit

(March 9, 2012 - May 25, 2012)

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Middleweight[1]   Maiquel Falcão   Andreas Spång Bellator 69 May 18, 2012
Welterweight   Karl Amoussou   Bryan Baker Bellator 72 July 20, 2012
Lightweight   Rick Hawn   Brent Weedman Bellator 70 May 25, 2012
Featherweight   Daniel Straus   Marlon Sandro Bellator 68 May 11, 2012
Bantamweight   Marcos Galvão   Luis Nogueira Bellator 73 August 24, 2012

^ 1: Falcão next faced Season Five tournament winner Alexander Shlemenko for the vacant middleweight title.

Bellator Fighting Championships: 2012 Summer SeriesEdit

(June 22, 2012 - July 24, 2012)

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Light Heavyweight   Attila Vegh   Travis Wiuff Bellator 73 August 24, 2012

Bellator Fighting Championships: Season SevenEdit

(September 28, 2012 - December 14, 2012)

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Heavyweight[1]   Alexander Volkov   Richard Hale Bellator 84 December 14, 2012
Welterweight   Andrey Koreshkov   Lyman Good Bellator 82 November 30, 2012
Lightweight[2]   Dave Jansen   Marcin Held Bellator 93 March 21, 2013
Featherweight   Shahbulat Shamhalaev   Rad Martinez Bellator 90 February 21, 2013

^ 1: Tournament determined the new Bellator Heavyweight champion.
^ 2: After an extended layoff due to injury, Jansen would choose to forfeit his title shot for the opportunity to take an immediate fight upon his return.[22]

Bellator Fighting Championships: Season EightEdit

(January 17, 2013 - April 4, 2013)

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Light Heavyweight[1]   Emanuel Newton   Mikhail Zayats Bellator 94 March 28, 2013
Middleweight   Doug Marshall   Brett Cooper Bellator 95 April 4, 2013
Welterweight[3]   Douglas Lima   Ben Saunders Bellator 100 September 20, 2013
Lightweight   David Rickels   Saad Awad Bellator 94 March 28, 2013
Featherweight[2]   Magomedrasul Khasbulaev   Mike Richman Bellator 95 April 4, 2013

^ 1: Newton next faced 2013 Summer Series tournament winner Muhammed Lawal for the Interim Light Heavyweight title.
^ 2: After repeated visa issues prevented Khasbulaev from returning to the USA to claim his title shot, the fighter was granted his release from the promotion in December 2014.[23]
^ 3: Lima next faced Season Nine tournament winner Rick Hawn for the vacant welterweight title.

Bellator Fighting Championships: 2013 Summer SeriesEdit

(June 19, 2013 - July 31, 2013)
All three tournaments were shortened, four-man tournaments instead of the standard eight.

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Heavyweight   Vitaly Minakov   Ryan Martinez Bellator 97 July 31, 2013
Light Heavyweight[1]   Muhammed Lawal   Jacob Noe Bellator 97 July 31, 2013
Bantamweight[2]   Rafael Silva   Anthony Leone Bellator 102 October 4, 2013

^ 1: Lawal next faced Season Eight tournament winner Emanuel Newton for the Interim Light Heavyweight title.
^ 2: Silva next faced Season Nine tournament winner Joe Warren for the Interim Bantamweight title.

Bellator MMA: Season NineEdit

(September 7, 2013 - November 22, 2013)

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Heavyweight[1]   Cheick Kongo   Peter Graham Bellator 107 November 8, 2013
Middleweight   Brennan Ward   Mikkel Parlo Bellator 107 November 8, 2013
Welterweight[2]   Rick Hawn   Ron Keslar Bellator 109 November 22, 2013
Lightweight[3]   Will Brooks   Alexander Sarnavskiy Bellator 109 November 22, 2013
Featherweight   Patrício Freire   Justin Wilcox Bellator 108 November 15, 2013
Bantamweight[1][4]   Joe Warren   Travis Marx Bellator 107 November 8, 2013

^ 1: Tournament was a shortened, four-man tournament instead of the standard eight.
^ 2: Hawn next faced Season Eight tournament winner Douglas Lima for the vacant welterweight title.
^ 3: Brooks next faced former champion Michael Chandler for the Interim Lightweight Championship at Bellator 120. Chandler was originally scheduled for an immediate rematch with champion Eddie Alvarez at the event.[24]
^ 4: Warren next faced 2013 Summer Series tournament winner Rafael Silva for the Interim Bantamweight title.

Bellator MMA: Season TenEdit

(February 28, 2014 – May 17, 2014)

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Heavyweight[1]   Alexander Volkov   Blagoy Ivanov Bellator 120 May 17, 2014
Light Heavyweight[2][3]   Quinton Jackson   Muhammed Lawal Bellator 120 May 17, 2014
Middleweight[2]   Brandon Halsey   Brett Cooper Bellator 122 July 25, 2014
Welterweight   Andrey Koreshkov   Adam McDonough Bellator 122 July 25, 2014
Lightweight[1]   Marcin Held   Patricky Freire Bellator 126 September 26, 2014
Featherweight[1]   Daniel Weichel   Desmond Green Bellator 119 May 9, 2014

^ 1: Despite initial assurances to the contrary,[25][26] Bellator's new management would not honor the title shots Volkov, Weichel and Held earned while under the tournament format.
^ 2: Tournament was a shortened, four-man tournament instead of the standard eight.
^ 3: Jackson would end up leaving Bellator MMA for the UFC and never claim his title shot.[27]

Bellator MMA: 2014 Summer SeriesEdit

(June 6, 2014 – July 25, 2014)

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Light Heavyweight   Liam McGeary   Kelly Anundson Bellator 124 September 14, 2014

Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1Edit

(September 19, 2015)
A one night, four-man light heavyweight tournament.

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Light Heavyweight   Phil Davis   Francis Carmont Bellator 142: Dynamite 1 September 19, 2015

Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix TournamentEdit

(January 20, 2018 - January 26, 2019)
Year long, eight-man heavyweight tournament to crown a new heavyweight champion.

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Heavyweight   Ryan Bader   Fedor Emelianenko Bellator 214: Fedor vs. Bader January 26, 2019

Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix TournamentEdit

(September 29, 2018 - October 26, 2019)
Year long, eight-man welterweight tournament. Current welterweight champion, Rory MacDonald, is a participant and will defend the title until the end of the tournament. If he loses, the winner will be declared the new linear champion.

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Welterweight   Douglas Lima   Rory MacDonald Bellator 232 October 26, 2019

Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix TournamentEdit

(September 28, 2019 - July 31, 2021)
Year long, sixteen-man featherweight tournament. Current featherweight champion, Patrício Freire, is a participant and will defend the title until the end of the tournament. If he loses, the winner will be declared the new linear champion.

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Featherweight   A.J. McKee   Patricio Freire Bellator 263 July 31, 2021

Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix TournamentEdit

(April 9, 2021 - TBD)
Year long, eight-man Light Heavyweightt tournament. Current Light Heavyweight champion, Vadim Nemkov, is a participant and will defend the title until the end of the tournament. If he loses, the winner will be declared the new linear champion.

Weight Division Champion Runner-up Event Date
Light Heavyweight TBD TBD TBD TBD

Champions by nationalityEdit

The division champions includes only linear champions. Interim champions who have never become linear champions will be listed as interim champions. Fighters with multiple title reigns in a specific division will also be counted once. Tournaments runners-up are not included.

Country Division champions Interim champions Tournament champions Total
  United States 25 29 54
  Brazil 9 9 18
  Russia 5 1 9 15
  Canada 2 2
  Cuba 1 1 2
  D.R. Congo 1 1 2
  England 1 1 2
  Slovakia 1 1 2
  Japan 1 1
  Netherlands 1 1
  Ukraine 1 1
  France 2 2
  Germany 1 1
  Poland 1 1

RecordsEdit

Most wins in title boutsEdit

The following includes all fighters with three or more championship and/or interim championship title wins. Fighters with the same number of title wins are arranged in order of less title bouts losses. Tournament championships are not included.

Title wins Champion Weight class V D NC L
10   Patrício Pitbull Lightweight
Featherweight
1
9
0
0
0
0
0
3
6   Michael Chandler Lightweight 6 0 0 5
5   Eduardo Dantas Bantamweight 5 0 0 2
  Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Women's Flyweight 5 0 0 1
  Ben Askren Welterweight 5 0 0 0
4   Douglas Lima Middleweight
Welterweight
0
4
0
0
0
0
1
4
  Pat Curran Lightweight
Featherweight
0
4
0
0
0
0
1
2
  Alexander Shlemenko Middleweight 4 0 0 2
  Julia Budd Women's Featherweight 4 0 0 1
  Emanuel Newton Light Heavyweight 4 0 0 1
  Rafael Carvalho Middleweight 4 0 0 1
  Will Brooks Lightweight 4 0 0 0
  Cris Cyborg Women's Featherweight 4 0 0 0
3   Ryan Bader Heavyweight
Light Heavyweight
1
2
0
0
1
0
0
1
  Joe Warren Featherweight
Bantamweight
1
2
0
0
0
0
1
2
  Eddie Alvarez Lightweight 3 0 0 1
  Gegard Mousasi Middleweight 3 0 0 1
  Vadim Nemkov Light Heavyweight 3 0 0 0

Most consecutive title defensesEdit

The following includes all Bellator champions who were able to consecutively defend their title two times or more. Fighters with the same number of title defenses are listed chronologically.

Defenses Champion Weight class Span Days
5   Patrício Freire Featherweight April 21, 2017 – July 31, 2021 1562
4   Ben Askren Welterweight October 21, 2010 – July 31, 2013 1014
  Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Women's Flyweight November 3, 2017 – December 10, 2020 1133
3   Alexander Shlemenko Middleweight February 7, 2013 – September 26, 2014 596
  Rafael Carvalho Middleweight October 23, 2015 – May 25, 2018 945
  Julia Budd Women's Featherweight March 3, 2017 – January 25, 2020 1058
  Cris Cyborg Women's Featherweight january 25, 2020 – present 672
2   Pat Curran Featherweight March 9, 2012 – November 2, 2013 604
  Michael Chandler Lightweight November 19, 2011 – November 2, 2013 715
  Eduardo Dantas Bantamweight April 13, 2012 – October 10, 2014 911
  Emanuel Newton Light Heavyweight March 21, 2014 – February 27, 2015 343
  Patricio Freire Featherweight September 5, 2014 – November 6, 2015 428
  Will Brooks [a] Lightweight November 15, 2014 – May 14, 2016 546
  Rory MacDonald [b] Middleweight November 10, 2016 – October 26, 2019 644
  Vadim Nemkov Light Heavyweight August 21, 2020 – present 463
  1. ^ Will Brooks was not promoted to a linear champion with the departure of Eddie Alvarez. So it has 2 successful defenses instead of 3.
  2. ^ Rory MacDonald after becoming a welterweight champion he was successful in defending the belt twice: 1 win and 1 draw.

Multi-division championsEdit

Fighters who have won championships in multiple weight classes.[28] Tournament champions are not included.

Interim title
* Simultaneous two
division champion
No. Champion Division Won Lost Defenses Reign Total Reign
1   Joe Warren Featherweight September 2, 2010
(Bellator 27)
March 9, 2012
(Bellator 60)
0 554 days 723 days
Bantamweight May 2, 2014
(Bellator 118)
October 10, 2014
(Bellator 128)
0
October 10, 2014
(Bellator 128)
March 27, 2015
(Bellator 135)
0 169 days
2   Ryan Bader * Heavyweight January 26, 2019
(Bellator 214)
Present 0 1036 days
(Incumbent)
2190 days
Light Heavyweight June 24, 2017
(Bellator 180)
August 21, 2020
(Bellator 244)
1 1154 days
3   Patrício Pitbull * Lightweight May 11, 2019
(Bellator 221)
October 6, 2021
(Vacted)
0 879 days 2869 days
Featherweight September 5, 2014
(Bellator 123)
November 6, 2015
(Bellator 145)
2 428 days
April 21, 2017
(Bellator 178)
July 31, 2021
(Bellator 263)
5 1562 days

Simultaneous two division championsEdit

This table, different from the previous one, only counts the periods in which the fighter loaded the titles simultaneously and the defenses in that period of time.

No. Champion Division Span Defenses Simultaneous Reign
1   Ryan Bader Heavyweight January 26, 2019 – August 21, 2020 0 573 days
Light Heavyweight 1
2   Patrício Pitbull Lightweight May 11, 2019 – July 31, 2021 0 812 days
Featherweight 3

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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