Bantamweight (MMA)

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

  • The UFC's bantamweight division with upper limit at 135 lb (61.2 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 limits between 136 and 145 lb (61.3 to 65.8 kg)

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[2] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[3] is 135 lb (61 kg).

Professional champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

These tables are not always up to date. Last updated on July 30, 2016.


Organization Reign began Champion Record Defenses
UFC January 17, 2016 United States Dominick Cruz 22-1 (7KO 1SUB) 1
Bellator MMA June 17, 2016 Brazil Eduardo Dantas 18-4 (4KO 6SUB) 0
WSOF March 29, 2014 Brazil Marlon Moraes 17-4-1 (7KO 5SUB) 4
ONE Championship October 18, 2013 Brazil Bibiano Fernandes 19-3 (2KO 7SUB) 4


Organization Reign began Champion Record Defenses
UFC July 9, 2016 Brazil Amanda Nunes 13-4 (9KO 3SUB) 0
Invicta FC July 9, 2015 United States Tonya Evinger 17-6-0 (7KO 6SUB) 1
Deep Jewels August 29, 2015 South Korea Ji Yeon Kim 5-0-2 (1KO 2SUB) 0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fighters: Rankings ...". Archived from the original on 16 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  2. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: `er 467 - Unarmed Combat". Archived from the original on 16 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-20.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Unified Rules of MMA". Retrieved 2012-07-15.