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Muhammad Ali’s Grandson Commences MMA Career; Nico Ali Walsh Reacts to Brother Biaggio Ali Walsh’s Debut Win at PFL vs Bellator Megaevent

February 25, 2024
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Renan Ferreira Told to “Start the Funeral Arrangements” as Francis Ngannou Receives Confirmation on PFL MMA Debut

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PFL Saudi: Francis Ngannou’s MMA Return Leaves Fans Concerned for Ryan Bader vs Renan Ferreira Outcome: “Winner Dies”

February 23, 2024
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Fans Call on Johnny Eblen to “Publicly Dump” Girlfriend and OnlyFans Model ‘RebeccaJ’ After “Embarrassing” Promise Made on Viral Clip

February 21, 2024
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‘Everybody Has Flaws’- Impa Kasanganay Warns Johnny Eblen Ahead of PFL vs. Bellator‘s Massive Fight in Saudi Arabia on Feb 24

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PFL V Bellator: 4 Years After Controversial Loss to Jon Jones, Thiago Santos’ Opponent Yoel Romero Opens Up on Rival’s Close Loss to UFC Champ

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?Shavkat [Rakhmonov] Really Just Slammed??- Undefeated UFC Star ?Slamming? Bellator Champion Has Fans Trolling the ?B Leagues?

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November 21, 2023
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?Dana White Couldn?t Give a F**k if He Tried?- Jake Paul?s Bold Claim About PFL and Bellator Merger Has Fans Trolling the Boxing Star

November 21, 2023
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Once Compared to Khabib, Yaroslav Amosov Loses His Undefeated Streak as Jason Jackson Sends Him to the Shadow Realm at Bellator 301, Fans React

Yaroslav Amosov loses his undefeated record at the hands of Jason Jackson at Bellator 301 as fans react to the incredible knockout online.

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Leon Edwards Issues a 9-Words Statement Following the Loss of His Brother at Bellator 299 to Johnny Eblen

UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards has a short message for his brother Fabian after his title bout loss at Bellator 299.

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?It?s Really a Different Business System??: Former Bellator Champ Alexander Volkov Opens Up on the ?Sad? Ending of Bellator Amid Rumors of a Possible PFL Buyout

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?I Absolutely Hate This Idea? ? Fans React as MMA GOAT Fedor Emelianenko Calls Out Mike Tyson for a Boxing Match in the Co-Main Event of Ngannou vs. Fury

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History

Bellator MMA is one of the world's largest mixed martial arts promotions and is recognised as the closest competitor to the UFC. The term Bellator has its origin in Latin language which translates to 'warrior' in English.

Bjorn Rebney founded the company in 2008 and ran it until 2014, before departing and handing the reins to Scott Coker.?Presently, the company has successfully hosted 242 numbered events.?

The former Strikeforce executive made the move after his contract with Zuffa expired. Following Coker?s arrival, Bellator MMA pivoted to a more traditional North American approach to the sport. This is a departure from the organization's tournament format during its initial phase.?

Bellator's tournament format

Bellator MMA has played host to a variety of tournaments under its older format, with 11 seasons of Bellator Fighting Championship held in 4 years from 2009 to 2014. The tournaments saw fighters of specific weight classes compete for a shot at the divisional title.?

Also in 2013, the promotion aired a single-season series called Fight Master: Bellator MMA where Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, Greg Jackson, and Joe Warren served as coaches.?

Like all American martial arts organizations, the rules for fights in the Bellator promotion are exactly the same with eye gouges and groin strikes deemed as illegal offenses for which fighters can incur point penalties or be disqualified.?

Along with MMA, Bellator has a kickboxing promotion which has hosted 12 events since its inception in 2016.

Some big names who are part of Bellator MMA

At present, the company is home to some of the biggest MMA names including former UFC Champions like Cris Cyborg, Frank Mir, and Lyoto Machida. Current Bellator Champions include Ryan Bader, Douglas Lima, Patricio Freire, and Ilima-Lei Macfarlane. Additionally, the promotion is home to big names such as Fedor Emelianenko, Gegard Mousasi, and Cat Zingano.

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Currently, there are 7 divisions for male fighters in Bellator. These are heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, featherweight and bantamweight. The promotion offers 2 divisions for its female talent at Featherweight and flyweight.?

List of Champions at Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA has 5 world champions across 9 divisions. 2 fighters are double champions and 2 divisional titles are vacant at present.?

DivisionNameDate WonTitle Defenses
HeavyweightRyan BaderJanuary 26, 20191
Light HeavyweightRyan BaderJune 24, 20171
MiddleweightVacantSince February 10, 2020-
WelterweightDouglas LimaOctober 26,20190
LightweightPatricio FreireMay 11, 20190
FeatherweightPatricio FreireApril 21,20173
BantamweightVacantSince November 27, 20190
Women?s FeatherweightCris CyborgJanuary 25, 20200
Women?s FlyweightIlima-Lei MacfarlaneNovember 3,20174