The bantamweight division in mixed martial arts can refer to a number of different weight classes:
- The King of the Cage bantamweight class with upper limit at 145 lb (65.8 kg)
- 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)
Ambiguity and clarification
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.
This table is not always up to date. Last updated on September 22, 2013.
|UFC||December 16, 2010||Dominick Cruz||19-1 (6KO 1SUB)||2|
|UFC||July 21, 2012||Renan Barão (Interim)||31-1-0-1 (7KO 14SUB)||2|
|Bellator MMA||April 13, 2012||Eduardo Dantas||15-3 (4KO 5SUB)||1|
|UFC||November 8, 2012||Ronda Rousey||7-0 (7SUB)||1|
- List of current MMA Bantamweight champions
- List of UFC Bantamweight Champions
- List of WEC Bantamweight Champions (defunct)
- List of Pancrase Bantamweight Champions
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- Loiseleur, Tony (2011-04-20). "‘Dream: Fight For Japan’ Bantamweight Tournament Bracket Set". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-04-20.
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