Bantamweight (MMA)

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

  • The King of the Cage bantamweight class with upper limit at 145 lb (65.8 kg)[1]
  • The UFC's bantamweight division with upper limit at 135 lb (61.2 kg)
  • The Shooto bantamweight division, which suits competitors below 56 kg (123.5 lb)
  • The Dream (defunct) bantamweight division, which limited competitors to 61 kg (134.5 lb)[2]

The bantamweight division sits between the lighter flyweight division and the heavier featherweight and/or lightweight divisions.

Ambiguity and clarification[edit]

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, This encompasses both the Shooto Featherweight division (132 lb / 60 kg) and the King of the Cage Flyweight division (135 lb / 61 kg). The UFC uses the Nevada definition of "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[3] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[4] is 135 lb (61 kg).

Professional champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

This table is not always up to date. Last updated on December 14, 2014.

Organization Reign began Champion Record Defenses
UFC May 24, 2014 United States T.J. Dillashaw 11-2 (5KO 3SUB) 1
Bellator MMA October 10, 2014 United States Joe Warren 12-3 (3KO 1SUB) 0
WSOF March 29, 2014 Brazil Marlon Moraes 14-4-1 (5KO 4SUB) 0
ONE FC October 18, 2013 Brazil Bibiano Fernandes 17-3-0 (1KO 5SUB) 2


Organization Reign began Champion Record Defenses
UFC November 8, 2012 United States Ronda Rousey 11-0 (2KO 9SUB) 5
Deep Jewels May 18, 2014 Japan Takayo Hashi 15-5-1 (1KO 4SUB) 0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fighters: Rankings ...". Archived from the original on 16 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  2. ^ Loiseleur, Tony (2011-04-20). "'Dream: Fight For Japan' Bantamweight Tournament Bracket Set". Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  3. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: `er 467 - Unarmed Combat". Archived from the original on 16 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  4. ^ "Unified Rules of MMA". Retrieved 2012-07-15.