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, which groups competitors within 126 lbs–135 lbs (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 lbs–125 lbs) division and the heavier featherweight division (136 lbs–145 lbs).

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 (61.36 kg).

Professional champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

These tables are not always up to date. Last updated on April 2019.


Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC Vacant
Bellator MMA October 6, 2017 United States Darrion Caldwell 13-2 (2KO 5SUB) 1
Rizin FF December 31, 2018 Japan Kyoji Horiguchi 27-2 (14KO 3SUB) 0
ONE Championship March 31st, 2019 Brazil Bibiano Fernandes 23-4 (2KO 8SUB) 0
Fight Nights Global October 10, 2017 Slovakia Tomáš Deák 18-9-1 (6KO 8SUB) 1
Cage Warriors December 8, 2018 Wales Jack Shore 10-0 (4KO 4SUB) 0
ACB March 24, 2018 Russia Rustam Kerimov 13-0 (5KO 2SUB) 1
Legacy Fighting Alliance November 30, 2018 United States Miles Johns 8-0 (2KO 1SUB) 0


Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC July 9, 2016 Brazil Amanda Nunes 17-4 (12KO 3SUB) 3
Invicta FC Vacant

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fighters: Rankings ..." Archived from the original on 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
  2. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: `er 467 - Unarmed Combat". Archived from the original on 16 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
  3. ^ "Unified Rules of MMA". Archived from the original on 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-15.