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 135 lb (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 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 (61.36 kg).

Professional champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

These tables are not always up to date. Last updated on May 5, 2018.

Men:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC November 4, 2017 United States T.J. Dillashaw 16-3 (8KO 3SUB) 1
Bellator MMA October 6, 2017 United States Darrion Caldwell 13-1 (2KO 5SUB) 1
ONE Championship October 18, 2013 Brazil Bibiano Fernandes 22-3 (2KO 8SUB) 7
Fight Nights Global October 10, 2017 Slovakia Tomáš Deák 18-9-1 (6KO 8SUB) 1
Cage Warriors Vacant
ACB March 24, 2018 Russia Rustam Kerimov 11-0 (5KO 1SUB) 0
Titan FC Vacant
Road FC April 15, 2017 South Korea Soo Chul Kim 16-5-1 (5KO 5SUB) 0
Legacy Fighting Alliance Vacant

Women:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC July 9, 2016 Brazil Amanda Nunes 16-4 (11KO 3SUB) 3
Invicta FC May 4th, 2018 Canada Sarah Kaufman 20-4-1 (10KO 1SUB) 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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