List of current Bellator fighters

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The Bellator MMA (formerly known as "Bellator Fighting Championships") promotion was started in 2008 by Bjorn Rebney and Brad Epstein as a tournament based alternative to other MMA organizations such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Strikeforce.[1] Prior to 2015, when president Scott Coker made the decision to drop the 8-man tournament format,[2] Bellator fighters participated in a series of tournament bouts in a set weight class over a season (usually between 10 and 13 events over 3 or 4 months). The winners of these tournaments were crowned Bellator champions, with the winners of successive tournaments in the same weight class earning the spot of no. 1 contender.

This list is an up-to-date roster of those fighters currently under contract with the Bellator brand. Unlike the UFC, Bellator does allow its fighters to compete in other promotions, so many fighters on this list may appear in MMA events outside of Bellator. Fighters are organized by weight class and within their weight class by their number of professional MMA fights. Fighters with the same number of fights are listed in order of their number of wins. Fighters with the same MMA record are listed alphabetically.

Each fight record has four categories: wins, losses, draws, and no-contests.[3] All fight records in this article are displayed in that order, with fights resulting in a no-contest listed in parentheses.

Heavyweights (265 lb, 120 kg)[edit]

Bellator Heavyweight Cheick Kongo
Cheick Kongo
Bellator Heavyweight Bobby Lashley
Bobby Lashley
Name Nickname MMA record Bellator record
!a !a !a -9999
FranceFrance Kongo, CheickCheick Kongo Kongo 26–10–2 8–2
United States of AmericaUnited States Beltran, JoeyJoey Beltran[4] The Mexicutioner 17–14 (1) 3–5
United States of AmericaUnited States Ayala, JavyJavy Ayala Eye Candy 10–5 5–2
RussiaRussia Minakov, VitalyVitaly Minakov 20–0 5–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Lashley, BobbyBobby Lashley The Dominator 15–2 5–0
BrazilBrazil Sakai, AugustoAugusto Sakai 9–0–1 4–0–1
United States of AmericaUnited States Mitrione, MattMatt Mitrione Meathead 12–5 3–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Fortune, TyrellTyrell Fortune 3–0 3–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Wren, JustinJustin Wren The Big Pygmy 13–2 3–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Huddleston, AlexAlex Huddleston The Shaved Gorilla 6–2 2–1
RussiaRussia Kharitonov, SergeiSergei Kharitonov[5] The Paratrooper 23–6 1–1
United KingdomEngland Thompson, OliOli Thompson The Spartan 17–10 0–2
United States of AmericaUnited States Shamrock, KenKen Shamrock The World's Most Dangerous Man 28–17 0–2
RussiaRussia Emelianenko, FedorFedor Emelianenko The Last Emperor 36–5 (1) 0–1
United States of AmericaUnited States Brents, BobbyBobby Brents[6] Zombie 17–6 0–1
United States of AmericaUnited States Nelson, RoyRoy Nelson Big Country 22–14 0–0

Light Heavyweights (205 lb, 93 kg)[edit]

Bellator Light Heavyweight Muhammed Lawal
Muhammed Lawal
Bellator Light Heavyweight Phil Davis
Phil Davis
Name Nickname MMA record Bellator record
!a !a !a -9999
United States of AmericaUnited States Lawal, MuhammedMuhammed Lawal King Mo 21–6 (1) 10–4
BrazilBrazil Cavalcante, RafaelRafael Cavalcante Feijao 12-7 (1) 0-0
EnglandEngland McGeary, LiamLiam McGeary z 12–2 9–2
EnglandEngland Vassell, LintonLinton Vassell The Swarm 17–5 (1) 6–2
United States of AmericaUnited States Jackson, QuintonQuinton Jackson Rampage 37–12 4–1
BrazilBrazil Lins, PhilipePhilipe Lins Monstro 10–2 3–2
United States of AmericaUnited States Davis, PhilPhil Davis Mr. Wonderful 17–4 (1) 4–1
ItalyItaly Sakara, AlessioAlessio Sakara Legionarius 19–11 (2) 2–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Trice, JarodJarod Trice[7] Doughboy 2–0 2–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Sonnen, ChaelChael Sonnen The American Gangster 30–15–1 1–1
United States of AmericaUnited States Bader, RyanRyan Bader (C) Darth 23–5 1–0
BrazilBrazil Silva, WanderleiWanderlei Silva The Axe Murderer 35–13–1 (1) 0–1
IrelandRepublic of Ireland Fields, ChrisChris Fields The Housewives' Choice 11–7–1 0–0
SerbiaSerbia Filipović, VladimirVladimir Filipović Fila 9–2 0–0

Middleweights (185 lb, 84 kg)[edit]

Bellator Middleweight Melvin Manhoef
Melvin Manhoef
Bellator Middleweight Kendall Grove
Kendall Grove
Bellator Middleweight Royce Gracie
Royce Gracie
Name Nickname MMA record Bellator record
!a !a !a -9999
RussiaRussia Shlemenko, AlexanderAlexander Shlemenko Storm 56–9 (1) 12–3 (1)
United States of AmericaUnited States Matthews, A.J.A.J. Matthews z 8–6 4–4
United States of AmericaUnited States Honeycutt, ChrisChris Honeycutt z 9–1 (1) 5–1 (1)
United States of AmericaUnited States Grove, KendallKendall Grove Da Spyder 23–16 (1) 4–3
BrazilBrazil Carvalho, RafaelRafael Carvalho (C) The Blessed 14–1 5–0
NetherlandsNetherlands Manhoef, MelvinMelvin Manhoef No Mercy 30–14–1 (2) 2–3 (1)
United States of AmericaUnited States Reiter, BenBen Reiter The Hunter 17–2–1 3–2
JapanJapan Kato, HisakiHisaki Kato The Japanese Musketeer 8–2 3–1
United States of AmericaUnited States Salter, JohnJohn Salter 13–3 3–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Ruth, EdEd Ruth 3–0 3–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Schilling, JoeJoe Schilling Stitch 'em Up 2–5 1–2
FranceFrance Babene, GregoryGregory Babene 18–11 (1) 2–0
United StatesUnited States Young, JordanJordan Young 7–0 2–0
BrazilBrazil Alonso, MauricioMauricio Alonso 13–7 1–1
BrazilBrazil Gracie, RoyceRoyce Gracie 15–2–3 1–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Lovato Jr., RafaelRafael Lovato Jr. 6-0 2-0
United States of AmericaUnited States Marfone, DaveDave Marfone Flexter 5–3 0–1
BrazilBrazil Gracie, RalekRalek Gracie[8] 3–1 0–1
United States of AmericaUnited States Casey, KevinKevin Casey The King 9–5–2 (2) 0–0–1
United States of AmericaUnited States Cotton, RomeroRomero Cotton[9] 0–0 0–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Rhodes, MikeMike Rhodes Biggie 10–4 0–0
NetherlandsNetherlands Mousasi, GegardGegard Mousasi The Dreamcatcher 42–6–2 0–0

Welterweights (170 lb, 77 kg)[edit]

Bellator Welterweight Andrey Koreshkov
Andrey Koreshkov
Bellator Welterweight Josh Koscheck
Josh Koscheck
Name Nickname MMA record Bellator record
!a !a !a -9999
United States of AmericaUnited States Ward, BrennanBrennan Ward The Irish Bad Boy 15–5 10–5
BrazilBrazil Lima, DouglasDouglas Lima (C) The Phenom 29–6 11–2
RussiaRussia Koreshkov, AndreyAndrey Koreshkov Spartan 19–2 10–2
EnglandEngland Page, MichaelMichael Page Venom 11–0 7–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Gonzalez, FernandoFernando Gonzalez The Menifee Maniac 26–13 6–1
United States of AmericaUnited States Rainey, RickyRicky Rainey The Sniper 12–4 4–2
EnglandEngland Daley, PaulPaul Daley Semtex 38–14–1 4–1
United States of AmericaUnited States Couture, RyanRyan Couture 11–5 3–2
BrazilBrazil Gracie, NeimanNeiman Gracie z 6–0 4–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Njokuani, ChidiChidi Njokuani Chidi Bang Bang 17–4 4–0
United States of AmericaUnited States McDonough, AdamAdam McDonough Big Gunna 11–1 3–1
United StatesUnited States Buckley, JoaquinJoaquin Buckley 7–1 2–1
BrazilBrazil Santos, AndréAndré Santos Chatuba 38–10 2–1
United States of AmericaUnited States Secor, MattMatt Secor 7–3 1–2
BrazilBrazil Vasconcelos, GuilhermeGuilherme Vasconcelos[10] Bomba 9–3 2–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Ferguson Jr., KevinKevin Ferguson Jr. Baby Slice 1–1 1–1
CanadaCanada MacDonald, RoryRory MacDonald The Red King 19–4 1–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Davis, JoeyJoey Davis Black Ice 1–0 1–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Gonzalez, FernandoFernando Gonzalez 1–0 1–0
IsraelIsrael Gozali, HaimHaim Gozali 7–3 1–0
United StatesUnited States Larkin, LorenzLorenz Larkin The Monsoon 18–6 (1) 0–1
United States of AmericaUnited States Koscheck, JoshJosh Koscheck Kos 17–11 0–1
United StatesUnited States Danis, DillonDillon Danis 0–0 0–0

Lightweights (155 lb, 70 kg)[edit]

Bellator Lightweight Melvin Guillard
Melvin Guillard
Bellator Welterweight Benson Henderson
Benson Henderson
Name Nickname MMA record Bellator record
!a !a !a -9999
United States of AmericaUnited States Rickels, DavidDavid Rickels The Caveman 18–4 (2) 12–4 (2)
United States of AmericaUnited States Chandler, MichaelMichael Chandler Iron 16–4 13–4
BrazilBrazil Freire, PatrickyPatricky Freire Pitbull 17–8 10–7
United States of AmericaUnited States Awad, SaadSaad Awad Assassin 20–9 8–6
United States of AmericaUnited States Campos, DerekDerek Campos The Stallion 18–6 7–4
United States of AmericaUnited States Girtz, BrandonBrandon Girtz Cold Roll 14–6 6–4
United States of AmericaUnited States Anderson, DerekDerek Anderson The Barbaric 14–3 (1) 5–3
United States of AmericaUnited States Primus, BrentBrent Primus (C) z 8–0 6–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Piccolotti, AdamAdam Piccolotti The Bomb 9–0 5–0
United StatesUnited States Kozola, SteveSteve Kozola Thunderbeast 8–0 3–0
United StatesUnited States Thomson, JoshJosh Thomson The Punk 22–9 (1) 2–1
United States of AmericaUnited States Henderson, BensonBenson Henderson Smooth 24–7 1–2
United StatesUnited States Roberts, JakeJake Roberts The North County Nightmare 7–2 1–2
United StatesUnited States Guillard, MelvinMelvin Guillard The Young Assassin 32–17–2 (3) 0–2 (1)
United States of AmericaUnited States Banks, CarringtonCarrington Banks The Jetsetter 6–0 2–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Freeman, ZachZach Freeman The Altar Boy 9–2 1–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Pico, AaronAaron Pico 0–1 0–1

Featherweights (145 lb, 65 kg)[edit]

Name Nickname MMA record Bellator record
!a !a !a -9999
BrazilBrazil Freire, PatricioPatricio Freire (C) Pitbull 26–4 14–4
United States of AmericaUnited States Curran, PatPat Curran Paddy Mike 22–7 12–4
United States of AmericaUnited States Straus, DanielDaniel Straus z 25–7 11–4
United States of AmericaUnited States Sanchez, EmmanuelEmmanuel Sanchez El Matador 16–3 8–2
ArmeniaArmenia Karakhanyan, GeorgiGeorgi Karakhanyan Insane 26–7–1 5–5
GermanyGermany Weichel, DanielDaniel Weichel The Weasel 39–9 8–1
JapanJapan Yamauchi, GoitiGoiti Yamauchi z 21–3 7–2
United States of AmericaUnited States McKee, A.J.A.J. McKee The Mercenary 8–0 8–0
BrazilBrazil Teixeira, JohnJohn Teixeira Macapá 21–2–2 4–1
United States of AmericaUnited States Lawrence, JustinJustin Lawrence The American Kidd 9–4 2–2
UruguayUruguay Reyno, GastónGastón Reyno Tonga 6–2 (2 NC) 2–2
USAUnited States Corrales, HenryHenry Corrales OK 13–3 1–3
IrelandRepublic of Ireland Gallagher, JamesJames Gallagher[11] The Strabanimal 7–0 4–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Taylor, AnthonyAnthony Taylor PrettyBoy 1–3 1–3
IsraelIsrael Lahat, NoadNoad Lahat[12] Neo 11–2 2–0
BrazilBrazil Machida, ChinzoChinzo Machida 5–3 2–1
HungaryHungary Borics, ÁdámÁdám Borics The Kid 10–0 1–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Mazzotta, DominicDominic Mazzotta[13] The Honey Badger 12–2 0–1

Bantamweights (135 lb, 61 kg)[edit]

Name Nickname MMA record Bellator record
!a !a !a -9999
United States of AmericaUnited States Warren, JoeJoe Warren The Baddest Man on the Planet 14–6 12–5
BrazilBrazil Galvão, MarcosMarcos Galvão Lôro 18–8–1 8–5
BrazilBrazil Dantas, EduardoEduardo Dantas (C) Dudu 20–4 10–1
GuamGuam Taimanglo, JoeJoe Taimanglo The Juggernaut 23–7–1 6–3
United States of AmericaUnited States Caldwell, DarrionDarrion Caldwell The Wolf 10–1 7–1
United States of AmericaUnited States Garcia, SteveSteve Garcia The Mean Machine 7–1 5–1
United States of AmericaUnited States Davis, LCLC Davis 23–8 3–2
BrazilBrazil Higo, LeandroLeandro Higo[14] Pitbull 17–3 0–1
United States of AmericaUnited States McDonald, MichaelMichael McDonald[15] Mayday 17–4 0–0

Women's Featherweights (145 lb, 65 kg)[edit]

Name Nickname MMA record Bellator record
!a !a !a -9999
CanadaCanada Budd, JuliaJulia Budd (C) The Jewel 10–2 4–0
AustraliaAustralia Blencowe, ArleneArlene Blencowe[16] Angerfist 7–5 2–1
United StatesUnited States Holloway, GabrielleGabrielle Holloway Gabanator 5–3 1–2
United StatesUnited States Dufresne, AlexisAlexis Dufresne Sneaky Zebra 6–3 1–1
United StatesUnited States Jenkins, AdriennaAdrienna Jenkins AJ 19–6 1–1
BrazilRepublic of Ireland Kavanagh, SineadSinead Kavanagh KO 4–1 1–1
BrazilFrance Razafiarison, IonyIony Razafiarison 3–1 1–1
ItalyItaly Bucci, AnnalisaAnnalisa Bucci[17] No Fear 7–4 0–1
CanadaCanada Lawson, HollyHolly Lawson Lil' Bear 0–1 0–1
BrazilBrazil Rovel, RobertaRoberta Rovel Crusher 4–1 0–1
United StatesUnited States Bell, AmandaAmanda Bell The Lady Killer 4–4 0–0
United StatesUnited States Leibrock, AmberAmber Leibrock 2–1 0–0
BrazilBrazil Nogueira, TalitaTalita Nogueira Treta 6–0 0–0

Women's Flyweights (125 lb, 56 kg)[edit]

Name Nickname MMA record Bellator record
!a !a !a -9999
United StatesUnited States Macfarlane, Ilima-LeiIlima-Lei Macfarlane The Ilimanator 6–0 5–0
United StatesUnited States Ducote, EmilyEmily Ducote Gordinha 5–2 3–1
RussiaRussia Yankova, AnastasiaAnastasia Yankova 5–0 3–0
United StatesUnited States Arteaga, VetaVeta Arteaga 3–1 2–1
United StatesUnited States Middleton, JessicaJessica Middleton 2–1 2–1
UkraineUkraine Ovchynnikova, LenaLena Ovchynnikova Hunter 12–4 2–1
United StatesUnited States Collins, KatyKaty Collins Red Dragon 6–2 1–1
BrazilBrazil Ellen, BrunaBruna Ellen 3–1 1–1
United StatesUnited States Ruth, RebeccaRebecca Ruth Becky 6–2 1–1
United StatesUnited States Melendez, KeriKeri Melendez 1–0 1–0
United StatesUnited States Nievara, JaimeeJaimee Nievara Queeney 4–1 1–0
GreeceGreece Kallionidou, ElinaElina Kallionidou Gunner 5–2 0–2
United StatesUnited States D'Alelio, SarahSarah D'Alelio The Monster 11–6 1–0
United StatesUnited States Schneider, ColleenColleen Schneider The Thoroughbred 11–7 1–0
EnglandEngland Harper, HelenHelen Harper Hellraiser 4–2 0–1
United StatesUnited States Mayo, BrookeBrooke Mayo The Bully 0–1 0–1
BrazilBrazil Miranda, KenyaKenya Miranda 3–3 0–1
BrazilBrazil Vargas, BrunaBruna Vargas 2–1 0–1
ColombiaColombia Lara, AlejandraAlejandra Lara[18] Azul 6–1 0–0
CanadaCanada Létourneau, ValérieValérie Létourneau[18] Trouble 8–6 0–0
ChinaChina Liang, NaNa Liang[18] 6–0 0–0
United States of AmericaUnited States Lopez, KristiKristi Lopez[18] Loba 2–0 0–0
TurkeyTurkey Şengül, SabriyeSabriye Şengül[18] 0–0 0–0
BrazilBrazil Velasquez, JulianaJuliana Velasquez[19] 5–0 0–0
United StatesUnited States Hardy, HeatherHeather Hardy[20] The Heat 1–0 1–0
(C) Indicates the current champion
( ) Any number within parenthesis in a fighter's record symbolizes a no contest
  • Unless otherwise cited, all records are retrieved from sherdog.com.
  • Unless otherwise cited, all fighters listed are retrieved from Bellator.com.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Hunt, Loretta (September 4, 2014). "Scott Coker has big plans for Bellator as it closes out its tournament format". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
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  5. ^ Ariel Helwani (February 3, 2015). "Sergei Kharitonov signs with Bellator". mmafighting.com. 
  6. ^ Sherdog.com Staff (May 28, 2016). "Bobby Brents Wins Bellator Contract, Retains Heavyweight Title at Shamrock FC ‘Aftershock’". sherdog.com. 
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  9. ^ Dave Doyle (November 7, 2016). "Bellator adds three-time NCAA wrestling champ Romero Cotton to roster". mmafighting.com. 
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  11. ^ Ariel Helwani (April 7, 2016). "SBG prospect James Gallagher signs with Bellator". mmafighting.com. 
  12. ^ Ariel Helwani (June 9, 2016). "Noad Lahat signs with Bellator". mmafighting.com. 
  13. ^ David McKinney (April 3, 2017). "Dominic Mazzotta signs with Bellator MMA, debuts April 21". bluegrassmma.com. 
  14. ^ Guilherme Cruz (February 23, 2017). "Bellator signs Brazilian bantamweight prospect Leandro Higo". mmafighting.com. 
  15. ^ MMA Fighting Newswire (March 24, 2017). "A week after parting ways with the UFC, Michael McDonald inks multi-fight deal with Bellator". mmafighting.com. 
  16. ^ "Bellator MMA Signs Australian Featherweight Arlene Blencowe". Combat Press. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  17. ^ "Bellator continues to build women's featherweight division with Annalisa Bucci". MMA Junkie. August 27, 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b c d e Marc Raimondi (April 28, 2017). "Bellator boosts women’s flyweight division with six new signings". mmafighting.com. 
  19. ^ Bruno Massami (March 24, 2017). "Undefeated Brazilian prospect Juliana Velasquez signs multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA". mmaplus.co.uk. 
  20. ^ "Heather Hardy on Why She Went to MMA Over Pay Frustration - MMA Fighting". MMA Fighting. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 

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