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Bellator MMA

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Bellator MMA formerly known as Bellator Fighting Championships is an American mixed martial arts MMA promotion company Bellator was founded in 2008 by Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney Bellator features "The Toughest Tournament in Sports", which has a single-elimination format that awards the winner of each eight-person or four-person tournament a check for $100,000 and a guaranteed world title fight against the current Bellator world champion in the applicable weight class

In December 2011, Viacom acquired a majority stake of Bellator and in January 2013, all Bellator events began airing on Spike TV Bellator produced nearly 25 live events annually until 2015, as well as shoulder programming including fighter features, highlight shows and reality-based programming

In May 2014, Bellator hosted the company's inaugural pay-per-view event from the Landers Center The event featured a Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final fight between Rampage Jackson and King Mo, Michael Chandler vs Will Brooks for the Lightweight Interim World Title, Alexander Shlemenko vs Tito Ortiz, the Bellator Season 10 Heavyweight Tournament Final between Alexander Volkov vs Blagoi Ivanov and a feature fight between Ricky Rainey vs Michael Page


  • 1 Etymology
  • 2 Company timeline
  • 3 Tournament format
  • 4 Broadcast partners
  • 5 Additional Bellator partners
  • 6 Headquarters
  • 7 Bellator records
  • 8 History
    • 81 Season One
    • 82 Season Two
    • 83 Season Three
    • 84 Season Four –The MTV2 Partnership
    • 85 Summer Series 2011
    • 86 Season Five: The Viacom Era
    • 87 Season Six
    • 88 Summer Series 2012
    • 89 Season Seven
    • 810 Season Eight
    • 811 Summer Series 2013
    • 812 Season Nine
    • 813 Season Ten
    • 814 Summer Series 2014
    • 815 Season Eleven
    • 816 2015
    • 817 2016
    • 818 2017
  • 9 Reality show
    • 91 Fight Master
  • 10 Rules
    • 101 Rounds
    • 102 Weight divisions
    • 103 Match outcome
    • 104 Fouls
    • 105 Tournament rules
  • 11 Bellator events
  • 12 Current champions
  • 13 See also
  • 14 References
  • 15 External links


The word Bellator means "warrior" in Latin

Company timelineedit

  • Sept 2008 – Bellator was founded by Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney
  • Nov 2008 – Bellator announces broadcast agreement with ESPN Deportes Bellator becomes the first promoter to secure live MMA programming on any domestic platform on the ESPN family of networks
  • April 2009- Bellator 1 debuts on ESPN Deportes from Hollywood, Florida's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • May 2009- Toby Imada pulls off incredible inverted triangle submission choke over Jorge Masvidal, creating a viral sensation on YouTube collecting over 15 million views
  • July 2009- Sports Illustrated calls Bellator "MMA's success story of the year"
  • Oct 2009- Bellator announces large-scale agreement with Fox Sports Net, NBC and Telemundo for Bellator's Season 2 & 3
  • April 2010- Bellator Season 2 debuts on Fox Sports Net from Hollywood, Florida'a Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • Dec 2010- Bellator announces English language exclusive broadcast with MTV2, beginning in 2011
  • Mar 2011- Bellator Season 4 debuts on MTV 2
  • Oct 2011- Viacom purchases majority stake in Bellator and announces Bellator will move to Spike TV
  • Nov 2011- Nov 19th Michael Chandler & Eddie Alvarez compete in the Lightweight World Title fight that is widely considered 2011's Fight of the Year
  • Aug 2012- Bellator moves corporate offices from Chicago, IL to Newport Beach, CA
  • Jan 2013- Bellator begins airing original shoulder programming including "Bellator 360"
  • Jan 2013- Bellator Season 8 premieres Jan 17 on Spike TV to over 12 million viewers
  • Feb 2013- Bjorn Rebney and Spike President Kevin Kay jointly announce a new Bellator reality show, "Bellator MMA Fight Master"
  • Sept 2013–Bellator 100 takes place from Phoenix's Grand Canyon University
  • Sept 2013- Bellator signs multi-year partnership agreement with Fox Sports Latin America giving Bellator the largest MMA distribution deal in Latin America MMA history
  • Nov 2013- Nov 2nd Chandler vs Alvarez II delivers 14 million viewers on Spike TV and becomes the highest rated MMA TV show on cable during the fall of 2013
  • May 2014- Bellator's inaugural pay-per-view from the Landers Center at Bellator 120
  • June 2014- Company announces that both Chairman/CEO Bjorn Rebney and President Tim Danaher have left the company
  • April 2016- Promotion held its first international event in Torino, Italy

Tournament formatedit

In the past, Bellator has sporadically featured tournaments, unlike several other MMA promotions However, in 2015, Bellator President Scott Coker made the decision to drop the 8-man tournament format in favor of smaller tournaments2

Bellator included weight classes from bantamweight 135 pounds through heavyweight 265 pounds and tournaments in each weight class were conducted over a three-month period Each tournament began with the opening round featuring eight fighters in that respective weight class, moved onto the semi-finals and then the finals For four-man tournaments, only the semi-finals and finals were included Each tournament was single elimination and there was a one-month break between opening round, semi-finals and finals

During the tournament the rules were slightly different from those of a non-tournament fight Elbow strikes were illegal in the quarterfinal and semifinal tournament bouts due to the high probability of a cut occurring Elbow strikes were legal in the finals The tournament final was still a three five-minute rounds, since it is not a title fight

Bellator partnered with Rizin Fighting Federation for the RIZIN FIGHTING WORLD GRAND-PRIX event held on December 29 and 31 2015, sharing King Mo Lawal for the Rizin FF Tournament The former Pride FC Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko headlined the NYE Rizin FF main event34

Bellator does not run regularly scheduled tournaments, however they are always an option at Scott Coker's discretion

Broadcast partnersedit

Bellator airs live on Spike TV Bellator debuted on Spike on January 17, 2013 and averaged 938,000 viewers Additional exclusive Bellator content and Bellator shoulder programming airs on Spike TV

On September 24, 2013 Bellator announced its multi-partnership agreement with FOX Sports Latin America making Fox Sports the exclusive carrier of Bellator throughout the entirety of Latin America with a total distribution of more than 50 million households

In February 2014, Bellator aligned with OSN, the leading pay-TV network in the MENA Middle East and North Africa region OSN will begin airing Bellator events in 2014 Headquartered in Dubai Media City, UAE, OSN airs in both Arabic and English in high-definition throughout the region, operating five 24-hour sports channels

Bellator is also broadcast on Eurosport in some major European territories as part of their Fight Club brand

Bellator also maintains a partnership with Russia 2, for the largest MMA broadcast alliance in Russian history Bellator airs exclusively on Russia 2 throughout the country, introducing over 83 million Russian sports fans Bellator broadcast partners also include; Viva in the United Kingdom, TENplay in Australia, ABS-CBN S+A in the Philippines, and Celestial Tiger Entertainment throughout Asia

Additional Bellator partnersedit

  • Spike TV network
  • Monster Energy
  • Dave & Buster's
  • Miller Lite
  • Blackheart Premium Spiced Rum
  • Fathom Events


Bellator moved its headquarters from Chicago, Illinois, to Southern California in August 2012 Bellator is now located in the Spike TV headquarters in Santa Monica, California

Bellator recordsedit

Main article: List of Bellator MMA records
Record Fighter Number
Most Wins Patrício Freire 14
Youngest Champion Joe Soto 22 Years
Oldest Champion Joe Warren 38 Years
Most Finishes Patrício Freire 10
Most Knockouts TBD TBD
Most Submissions TBD TBD
Most Decision Wins Joe Warren 8
Most Bouts Patrício Freire 16
Most wins in title bouts Ben Askren 5
Most title bouts Pat Curran
Michael Chandler
Most consecutive title defenses Ben Askren 4
Longest winning streak Michael Chandler
Ben Askren
Fastest knockout Hector Lombard 0:06
Fastest submission Aaron Johnson 0:15


Season Oneedit

Bellator Fighting Championships: Season One April 3, 2009 - June 19, 2009

During Bellator's first season, events were broadcast nationally on ESPN Deportes in the United States Bellator 1 took place on April 3, 2009 and like many events that season, aired via tape delay Tournaments took place in the middleweight, welterweight, lightweight and featherweight divisions with the winners becoming the inaugural Bellator World Champions in their specific weight class Hector Lombard defeated Jared Hess5 in the finals of the middleweight tournament to become the 185 lbs Champion while Lyman Good defeated Omar De La Cruz to secure the Bellator Welterweight Title6 In addition, Eddie Alvarez defeated Toby Imada to win the Bellator Lightweight Belt7 while Joe Soto defeated Yahir Reyes to become the Bellator Featherweight Champion8 Color commentary for Bellator's first season was provided by Jon Anik and Jason Chambers

  • Winners:
Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Middleweight Hector Lombard Jared Hess Bellator 12
Welterweight Lyman Good Omar De La Cruz Bellator 11
Lightweight Eddie Alvarez Toby Imada Bellator 12
Featherweight Joe Soto Yahir Reyes Bellator 10

Season Twoedit

Bellator Fighting Championships: Season Two April 8, 2010 - June 24, 2010

For Bellator's second season, events aired nationally on FOX Sports Net in the United States9 Season two debuted on April 8, 2010 and like season one, hosted tournaments in the middleweight, welterweight, lightweight and featherweight divisions Alexander Shlemenko defeated Bryan Baker fighter to become the Middleweight Tournament Champion10 while Ben Askren defeated Dan Hornbuckle to win the 170 lb tournament11 Also, Pat Curran defeated Toby Imada to win the lightweight tournament12 and Joe Warren fighter defeated Patricio Pitbull to become the Featherweight Tournament Champion13 Season two tournament champions were awarded a check for $100,000 and a title shot against the Season 1 Champions In addition to the tournament fights, season two was the first season to host non-tournament, non-title super fights for current champions Three of Bellator's four champions competed in super fights during Season 2 Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard scored the fastest knockout in Bellator history when he defeated Jay Silva in a catch weight bout at Bellator 1814 Also, Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez submitted Josh Neer in a catch weight bout at Bellator 1715 and Joe Soto scored a technical knockout victory over Diego Saraiva in a featherweight bout at Bellator 1916 Welterweight Champion Lyman Good was the only champion to not participate in a season two non-title super fight Bellator also introduced the new commentary team of Jimmy Smith and Sean Wheelock during Season 217

  • Winners:
Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Middleweight Alexander Shlemenko Bryan Baker Bellator 23
Welterweight Ben Askren Dan Hornbuckle Bellator 22
Lightweight Pat Curran Toby Imada Bellator 21
Featherweight Joe Warren Patricio Freire Bellator 23

Season Threeedit

Bellator Fighting Championships: Season Three August 12, 2010 - October 28, 2010

Bellator kicked off its third season on August 12, 2010 with tournaments in the bantamweight, heavyweight, and women's divisions Zach Makovsky defeated Ed West at Bellator 32 to win the 135 lb tournament and become the promotions first ever Bellator Bantamweight Champion Also that same evening, Cole Konrad submitted Neil Grove to win the heavyweight tournament and become the first Heavyweight Champion in Bellator history18 Zoila Gurgel became the first Bellator Women's Champion when she defeated Megumi Fujii at Bellator 3419 The first official title defense took place between defending Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Soto and Season 2 Tournament Champion Joe Warren at Bellator 37 Warren defeated Soto by TKO to become the new Bellator Featherweight Champion20 Other championship fights featured during season 3 were Hector Lombard retaining his Bellator middleweight championship by defeating Season 2 Tournament Winner, Alexander Shlemenko21 and Season 2 Welterweight Tournament Champion, Ben Askren, defeating reigning champion Lyman Good to become the new Bellator Welterweight Champion22 Some of the memorable moments from Bellator's Season three are Eddie Alvarez's third round TKO victory over UFC veteran Roger Huerta in a non-title match23 and Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard's 38 second knockout of Herbert Goodman at Bellator 2424

  • Winners:
Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Heavyweight Cole Konrad Neil Grove Bellator 32
Bantamweight Zach Makovsky Ed West Bellator 32
Women's Strawweight 115 lbs Zoila Gurgel Megumi Fujii Bellator 34

Season Four –The MTV2 Partnershipedit

Bellator Fighting Championships: Season Four March 5, 2011 - May 21, 2011

Season Four of Bellator began broadcasting nationally on March 5, 2011 and marked the promotions departure from FOX Sports Net to MTV225 Season 4 showcased tournaments in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and light heavyweight divisions Patricio "Pitbull" defeated Daniel Mason-Straus at Bellator 45 to become the Bellator Featherweight Tournament Champion26 while Christian M'Pumbu defeated Richard Hale fighter the same night to become the first Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion in history27 Also, Michael Chandler became the Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament Champion when he defeated Patricky "Pitbull" at Bellator 4428 while Jay Hieron booked a welterweight title shot by defeating Rick Hawn in the Bellator Welterweight Tournament Championship at Bellator 4329 Some of the memorable highlights from Bellator's fourth season include Ben Saunders earning a TKO victory over Matt Lee in his Bellator debut,30 Richard Hale's inverted triangle choke over Nik Fekete at Bellator 38,31 a flying knee knockout by Patricky "Pitbull" over Toby Imada at Bellator 3932 and Hector Lombard's one punch knockout of Falaniko Vitale at Bellator 4433 Hale and Pitbull were, respectively, nominated for the 2011 World MMA Awards submission of the year and knockout of the year34

  • Winners:
Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Light Heavyweight Christian M'Pumbu Richard Hale Bellator 45
Welterweight Jay Hieron Rick Hawn Bellator 43
Lightweight Michael Chandler Patricky Freire Bellator 44
Featherweight Patricio Freire Daniel Mason-Straus Bellator 45

Summer Series 2011edit

Bellator Fighting Championships: 2011 Summer Series June 25, 2011 - August 27, 2011

In the summer of 2011, Bellator introduced the Summer Series which would feature a featherweight tournament that would decide a challenger for reigning Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren Like Season 4, the Summer Series was broadcast nationally on MTV2 A total of three events were held during the Summer Series including Bellator 47 which took place at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada This event marked the first time Bellator held an event outside the United States35 In the featherweight tournament, Pat Curran defeated Marlon Sandro with a highlight reel head kick knockout in the finals at Bellator 48 to become the Bellator Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Champion36 In addition to the featherweight tournament, Bellator also hosted a number of featured bouts, including Cole Konrad's non-title win over Paul Buentello and Seth Petruzelli securing a knockout win over former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez at Bellator 4837

  • Winner:
Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Featherweight Pat Curran Marlon Sandro Bellator 48

Season Five: The Viacom Eraedit

Bellator Fighting Championships: Season Five September 10, 2011 - November 26, 2011

Bellator's fifth season, which began on September 10, 2011, continued to air on MTV2 in the United States as well as in HD on Epix Bellator Tournaments for Season Five featured the bantamweight, welterweight, middleweight and heavyweight divisions Additionally, Bellator announced that the preliminary cards for each event would air on Spikecom as well as Bellator's Facebook page38 In the tournament finals, Eduardo Dantas defeated Alexis Vila at Bellator 59 to become the Bellator Bantamweight Tournament Champion39 while Douglas Lima knocked out Ben Saunders at Bellator 57 to become the Bellator Welterweight Tournament Champion40 Also, Alexander Shlemenko defeated Vitor Vianna at Bellator 57 to become the Bellator Middleweight Tournament Champion41 while the heavyweight final between Eric Prindle and Thiago Santos was ruled a no contest after an accidental groin kick left Prindle unable to continue42 Santos failed to make weight for a scheduled rematch causing the bout to be cancelled, and Prindle to be awarded the tournament win by default43 On October 26, 2011, Viacom, the parent company of MTV Networks, announced the purchase of a majority stake in Bellator44 As part of the deal, Spike TV will begin broadcasting Bellator live in 201345 On November 7, 2011, in an effort to expand to outside markets, Bellator announced a five-year partnership with FremantleMedia that would allow the company to position itself as one of the premier MMA organizations internationally46 On November 19, 2011, at Bellator 58, the company hosted what was called the best fight in the promotion's early history47 Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez fought Season 4 Lightweight Tournament Champion Michael Chandler in a back-and-forth affair In the end, Chandler defeated Alvarez via fourth round submission to become the new Bellator Lightweight Champion in a fight that several journalists called the fight of the year4849 Other memorable highlights from season five include Douglas Lima's knockout victory over Chris Lozano at Bellator 53,50 Eric Prindle's knockout win over Ron Sparks at Bellator 56, Vitor Vianna's knockout of Bryan Baker at Bellator 54 and a pair of knockout victories by Alexis Vila and Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 5151

  • Winners:
Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Heavyweight Eric Prindle Thiago Santos Bellator 62
Middleweight Alexander Shlemenko Vitor Vianna Bellator 57
Welterweight Douglas Lima Ben Saunders Bellator 57
Bantamweight Eduardo Dantas Alexis Vila Bellator 59

Season Sixedit

Bellator Fighting Championships: Season Six March 9, 2012 - August 24, 2012

Bellator's sixth season began on March 9, 2012 with Bellator 60, when Pat Curran captured the Bellator Featherweight Championship after beating champion Joe Warren At Bellator 64, Ben Askren defended his Welterweight title against Douglas Lima by unanimous decision At Bellator 65, Eduardo Dantas defeated then champion Zach Makovsky to become the new Bellator Bantamweight Champion At Bellator 70, Cole Konrad took down Eric Prindle in the first round to defend his Bellator Heavyweight Championship

  • Winners:
Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Middleweight Maiquel Falcão Andreas Spang Bellator 69
Welterweight Karl Amoussou Bryan Baker Bellator 72
Lightweight Rick Hawn Brent Weedman Bellator 70
Featherweight Daniel Mason-Straus Marlon Sandro Bellator 68
Bantamweight Marcos Galvao Luis Nogueira Bellator 73

Summer Series 2012edit

Bellator Fighting Championships: 2012 Summer Series June 22, 2012 - August 24, 2012

In the summer of 2012, Bellator held its second Summer Series which would feature a Light Heavyweight tournament that would decide a challenger for reigning Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Christian M'Pumbu The Summer Series started June 22, 2012 and was broadcast nationally on MTV2 for a total of three events In the Light Heavyweight tournament, Attila Vegh defeated Travis Wiuff with a knockout in the finals at Bellator 73 to become the 2012 Bellator Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Champion In addition to the Light Heavyweight tournament, Bellator also hosted a number of featured bouts, including a third fight between Marius Zaromskis and Waachiim Spiritwolf at Bellator 72 Bellator also finished two Season Six tournaments with Karl Amoussou defeating Bryan Baker at Bellator 72 to become the Season Six Welterweight Champion, and Marcos Galvao defeating Luis Nogueira at Bellator 73 to become the Season Six Bantamweight Champion Pat Curran was also set to defend his Featherweight Championship versus Patricio Friere, who is the Season Four Champion, at Bellator 73 but he was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an injury that occurred during training

  • Winner:
Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Light Heavyweight Attila Vegh Travis Wiuff Bellator 73

Season Sevenedit

Bellator Fighting Championships: Season Seven September 28, 2012 - December 14, 2012

Bellator's seventh season began on September 28, 2012 with Bellator 74 The season showcased a heavyweight, welterweight, lightweight and featherweight tournament

  • Winners:
Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Heavyweight Alexander Volkov Richard Hale Bellator 84
Welterweight Andrey Koreshkov Lyman Good Bellator 82
Lightweight Dave Jansen Marcin Held Bellator 93
Featherweight Shahbulat Shamhalaev Rad Martinez Bellator 90

Season Eightedit

Bellator Fighting Championships: Season Eight January 17, 2013 - April 4, 2013

Bellator's eighth season began on January 17, 2013 at the Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif The event served as Bellator's premier on Spike TV Season Eight included featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight tournaments

  • Winners:
Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Light Heavyweight Emanuel Newton Mikhail Zayats Bellator 94
Middleweight Doug Marshall Brett Cooper

Bellator 95

Welterweight Douglas Lima Ben Saunders Bellator 100
Lightweight David Rickels Saad Awad Bellator 94
Featherweight Frodo Khasbulaev Mike Richman Bellator 95

Summer Series 2013edit

Bellator MMA: 2013 Summer Series June 19, 2013 - July 31, 2013

Bellator's 2013 Summer Series began on June 19, 2013 All three of this season's tournaments were contested as four-man tournaments, as opposed to Bellator's standard eight-man tournament The change in tournament size was necessary in order to hold multiple tournaments during the summer series' shortened season

  • Winners:
Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Heavyweight Vitaly Minakov Ryan Martinez Bellator 97
Light Heavyweight Muhammed Lawal Jacob Noe Bellator 97
Bantamweight Rafael Silva Anthony Leone Bellator 102

Season Nineedit

Bellator MMA: Season Nine September 7, 2013 - November 22, 2013

Bellator's Ninth season began on September 7, 2013 For this season the bantamweight and heavyweight tournaments were held as four-man tournaments, while all tournaments were the standard Bellator eight-man tournament

  • Winners:
Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Heavyweighta Cheick Kongo Peter Graham Bellator 107
Middleweight Brennan Ward Mikkel Parlo Bellator 107
Welterweight Rick Hawn Ron Keslar Bellator 109
Lightweight Will Brooks Alexander Sarnavskiy Bellator 109
Featherweight Patricio Freire Justin Wilcox Bellator 108
Bantamweighta Joe Warren Travis Marx Bellator 107
  1. ^ a b Four-man Tournament

Season Tenedit

Bellator MMA: Season Ten February 28, 2014 - May 17, 2014

Bellator's Tenth season began on February 28, 2014 For this season the middleweight and light heavyweight tournaments were held as four-man tournaments, while all tournaments were the standard Bellator eight-man tournament

Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Heavyweight Alexander Volkov Blagoy Ivanov Bellator 120
Light Heavyweight Quinton Jackson Muhammed Lawal Bellator 120
Featherweight Daniel Weichel Desmond Green Bellator 119
Middleweight Brandon Halsey Brett Cooper Bellator 122
Welterweight Andrey Koreshkov Adam McDonough Bellator 122
Lightweight Marcin Held Patricky Freire Bellator 126

Summer Series 2014edit

Bellator MMA: 2014 Summer Series June 6, 2014 - July 25, 2014

Bellator's 2014 Summer Series began on June 6, 2014 The 2014 Summer Series featured an eight-man light heavyweight tournament and a series of Season 10 tournament finals

Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Light Heavyweight Liam McGeary Kelly Anundson Bellator 124

Season Elevenedit

Bellator MMA: Season Eleven September 5, 2014 - November 15, 2014

The eleventh season of Bellator MMA was the final season and last promotion for CEO/Chairman Bjorn Rebney Taking over in his place was former Strikeforce Founder/CEO Scott Coker


Bellator MMA in 2015

This year marked the first time Bellator MMA did monthly shows as opposed to a seasonal format


Bellator MMA in 2016

This year marked the time when Bellator MMA successfully took their fight events overseas


Bellator MMA in 2017

Reality showedit

On February 5, 2013, Bellator and Spike TV held a press conference to announce the collaboration on an MMA based reality series titled Fight Master: Bellator MMA52 The coaches and trainers for the series, which will feature 32 welterweight fighters, will be Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, Greg Jackson, and Joe Warren The 32 fighters will be competing for a spot in Bellator's welterweight tournament The weekly series will culminate in a live season finale on Spike TV with the winner advancing into the fall welterweight tournament It made its debut on Spike TV on June 19, 201353

Fight Masteredit

Season Date Weight class Winner Runner-up
Fight Master: Bellator MMA Season 1 November 2, 2013 Welterweight Joe Riggs Mike Bronzoulis


Bellator MMA follows the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, which were first established in April 2000 The Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts have been adopted by every state athletic commission that holds mixed martial arts events throughout the United States

Under the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts there are no groin strikes, eye gouging, kicking or kneeing a grounded opponent, downward elbows, strikes to the back of the head, head butting, biting, or grabbing the fence Upon a violation of the rules, referee can either warn the fighter, take a point away, or disqualify the fighter depending upon the regularity and severity of the foul


All non-world championship fights in Bellator consist of three, five-minute rounds, with one-minute rest periods between rounds All world championship fights in Bellator consist of five, five-minute rounds, with one-minute rest periods between rounds

Weight divisionsedit

See also: Mixed martial arts weight classes

Bellator currently uses seven weight classes for men:

Weight class name Upper limit
in pounds lb in kilograms kg
Bantamweight 135 612
Featherweight 145 658
Lightweight 155 703
Welterweight 170 771
Middleweight 185 839
Light Heavyweight 205 930
Heavyweight 265 1202

Bellator has also held women's bouts at the following weights:

  • 115 pounds Strawweight
  • 125 pounds Flyweight
  • 135 pounds Bantamweight
  • 145 pounds Featherweight

Match outcomeedit

Matches usually end via:

  • Submission: a fighter clearly taps the mat or his opponent, or verbally submits Also a technical submission may be called when a fighter either loses consciousness or is on the verge of serious injury while in a hold
  • Knockout: a fighter is put into a state of unconsciousness resulting from any legal strike
  • Technical Knockout TKO: If the referee decides a fighter cannot continue, the fight is ruled as a technical knockout Technical knockouts can be classified into three categories:
    • referee stoppage the referee ends the fight because one fighter is unable to intelligently defend himself
    • doctor stoppage a ring side doctor decides that it is unsafe for the fighter to continue the bout due to excessive bleeding or physical injuries
    • corner stoppage a fighter's cornerman signals defeat for their own fighter
  • Judges' Decision: Depending on scoring, a match may end as:
    • unanimous decision all three judges score a win for fighter A
    • majority decision two judges score a win for fighter A, one judge scores a draw
    • split decision two judges score a win for fighter A, one judge scores a win for fighter B
    • unanimous draw all three judges score a draw
    • majority draw two judges score a draw, one judge scoring a win
    • split draw one judge scores a win for fighter A, one judge scores a win for fighter B, and one judge scores a draw

Note: In the event of a draw, it is not necessary that the fighters' total points be equal However, in a unanimous or split draw, each fighter does score an equal number of win judgments from the three judges 0 or 1, respectively A fight can also end in a technical decision, technical submission, disqualification, forfeit, technical draw, or no contest The latter two outcomes have no winners

The ten-point must scoring system is in effect for all bouts in Bellator Three judges score each round with the winner of each round getting 10 points while the loser gets 9 points or less The only way that an even round can occur is if the fighter that won the round has a point deducted for a foul Rounds scored 10–8 and 10–7 are typically scored when a fighter wins a round in dominant fashion


The following is a list of fouls outlined by the states that regulate MMA, as established by the Nevada State Athletic Commission:54

  1. Butting with the head
  2. Eye gouging of any kind
  3. Biting
  4. Hair pulling
  5. Fish hooking
  6. Groin attacks of any kind
  7. Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent see Fish-hooking
  8. Small joint manipulation
  9. Striking to the spine or the back of the head see Rabbit punch
  10. Striking downward using the point of the elbow see 12-6 Elbow
  11. Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea
  12. Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh
  13. Grabbing the clavicle
  14. Kicking the head of a grounded opponent
  15. Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent
  16. Stomping a grounded opponent
  17. Kicking to the kidney with the heel
  18. Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck see Piledriver
  19. Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area
  20. Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent
  21. Spitting at an opponent
  22. Engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent
  23. Holding the ropes or the fence
  24. Attacking an opponent on or during the break
  25. Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee
  26. Attacking an opponent after the bell horn has sounded the end of a round
  27. Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee
  28. Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury
  29. Interference by the corner
  30. Throwing in the towel during competition

When a foul is charged, the referee in their discretion may deduct one or more points as a penalty If a foul incapacitates a fighter, then the match may end in a disqualification if the foul was intentional, or a no contest if unintentional If a foul causes a fighter to be unable to continue later in the bout, it ends with a technical decision win to the injured fighter if the injured fighter is ahead on points, otherwise it is a technical draw

Tournament rulesedit

During Bellator tournament bouts, the rules are slightly different from those of a non-tournament fight Elbow strikes are illegal in the quarterfinal and semifinal tournament bouts due to the high probability of a cut occurring Elbow strikes are legal in the finals Though the final bout is a tournament championship, it is still three five-minute rounds since it is not a title fight

Bellator eventsedit

Main articles: List of Bellator MMA events and List of Bellator Kickboxing events

Current championsedit

Main article: List of Bellator champions
Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title defenses
Heavyweight 265 lb 120 kg; 189 st Vacant May 14, 2016 0
Light Heavyweight 205 lb 93 kg; 146 st Ryan Bader June 24, 2017 Bellator 180 0
Middleweight 185 lb 84 kg; 132 st Rafael Carvalho October 23, 2015 Bellator 144 2
Welterweight 170 lb 77 kg; 12 st Douglas Lima November 10, 2016 Bellator 164 1
Lightweight 155 lb 70 kg; 111 st Brent Primus June 24, 2017 Bellator 180 0
Featherweight 145 lb 66 kg; 104 st Patrício Freire April 21, 2017 Bellator 178 0
Women's Featherweight 145 lb 61 kg; 96 st Julia Budd March 3, 2017 Bellator 174 0
Bantamweight 135 lb 61 kg; 96 st Eduardo Dantas June 17, 2016 Bellator 156 1

See alsoedit

  • MMA portal
  • List of Bellator events
  • List of Bellator champions
  • List of current Bellator fighters
  • List of current UFC fighters
  • List of current WSOF fighters


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