UFC free fight: Petr Yan batters Jose Aldo to claim vacant bantamweight title

Petr Yan took out another legend in his pursuit of UFC gold. After Henry Cejudo retired, Yan faced former featherweight king Jose Aldo for the vacant bantamweight title at UFC 251 in July 2020 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Yan took the center of the octagon right off the bat and pumped out his […]

Karol Rosa in no hurry, but winning UFC bantamweight title ‘is just a matter of time’

Karol Rosa defeated Vanessa Melo in her most recent octagon appearance in Abu Dhabi. | Photo via Zuffa LLC Karol Rosa is just getting her UFC career started, but isn’t in the game for anything other than the bantamweight championship. Rosa kicked off her octagon run with a pair of decisions over countrywomen Lara Procopio […]

Cory Sandhagen, Frankie Edgar expect winner at UFC Vegas 18 to earn next shot at bantamweight title

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images As bantamweight champion Petr Yan prepares to defend his title for the first time against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259 in March, a new No. 1 contender in the division could be determined on Saturday night. In the UFC Vegas 18 co-main event, Cory Sandhagen battles Frankie […]

Bellator free fight: Juan Archuleta captures bantamweight gold at Bellator 246

One year after his bid to capture the Bellator featherweight title fell short on the scorecards, Juan Archuleta moved back down to bantamweight and picked up the vacant 135-pound title instead. Archuleta had gone to the scorecards in a losing effort against 145-pound champion Patricio Freire in the Bellator featherweight grand prix in 2019 and, […]

Douglas Andrade: ‘Monstrous dehydration’ led to departure from bantamweight division

Douglas Andrade holds a win over top-ranked bantamweight Marlon Vera. | Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Douglas Andrade in 2014 started his UFC run as a 22-0 featherweight, but he opted to cut an extra 10 pounds to compete as a bantamweight after a debut loss to Zubaira Tukhugov. Five years and five fights later, in […]

2020 Year in Review: The women’s bantamweight division

Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp (pictured, center) and the lineup for the Phoenix Series 3 one-night tournament | Dave Mandel, Invicta FC 2020 was a wild year for MMA, that feels like it lasted a lifetime. With all the action that took place over the year, it’s hard to remember what took place. This series […]

Figueiredo Suggests Bantamweight Fight with Cejudo ‘So He Doesn’t Make Any Excuses’

After finishing 2020 with a five-round war against Brandon Moreno that turned out to be one of the year’s best bouts, flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo is completely focused on his brother Francisco Figueiredo’s debut at UFC on ESPN 20 next week. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

UFC Bantamweight Irwin Rivera Arrested, Charged With 2 Counts of Attempted Murder

Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight Irwin Rivera has been booked and charged with two counts of attempted murder in Florida. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling bantamweight title fight targeted for UFC 259

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC A third championship fight is in the works for the already stacked pay-per-view fight card in March. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a bantamweight title fight between new champion Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling is being targeted for UFC 259. The event […]

UFC Bantamweight Irwin Rivera Arrested, Charged With 2 Counts of First-Degree Murder

Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight Irwin Rivera has been booked and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in Florida. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Warlley Alves on Teammate Raoni Barcelos: ‘He Will Be the Next UFC Bantamweight Champion’

Count teammate Warlley Alves among those that believe the sky is the limit for Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight Raoni Barcelos. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Rizin FF free fight: Kyoji Horiguchi finishes Kai Asakura to reclaim bantamweight crown

Kyoji Horiguchi’s victorious return at Rizin FF 26 saw him exact revenge over Kai Asakura, as he dethroned the hard-hitting champion to reclaim the bantamweight title he never lost in the ring. Horiguchi (29-3) relinquished the belt after tearing his ACL in 2019 and spent a year on the sidelines rehabbing his injury ahead of […]

The Weekly Grind: UFC bantamweight title challenger Aljamain Sterling proposes to longtime girlfriend

Twitter: @FunkMasterMMA What makes professional fighters so relatable? At first glance, probably nothing. But take away the gloves, gis and bulging hematomas, and they’re actually not so different than the rest of us. These posts prove that even the toughest fighters are only human after all. Here is the latest edition of The Weekly Grind. […]

2020 Year in Review: Men’s bantamweight division

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC 2020 was a wild year for MMA, that feels like it lasted a lifetime. With all the action that took place over the year, it’s hard to remember what took place. This series looks to help out with that, providing an overview on what happened in each weight class, and […]

Rizin FF 26: Kyoji Horiguchi exacts revenge, TKOs Kai Asakura to reclaim bantamweight title

Kyoji Horiguchi exacted sweet revenge on his nemesis with a stunning first-round TKO to dethrone Kai Asakura and mark his return to action by reclaiming the Rizin FF bantamweight title. Horiguchi (29-3) faced off against Asakura (16-3) in the main event of Rizin FF 26, which took place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, […]

Rizin 26 Weigh-in Results: Horiguchi, Asakura Official for Bantamweight Title Bout

Bantamweight gold will be on the line when Kyoji Horiguchi and Kai Asakura square off in a rematch more than a year in the making on New Year’s Eve. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Sara McMann-Julianna Pena Bantamweight Clash Moved to UFC 257 on Jan. 23

Sara McMann and Julianna Pena will square off one week later than originally anticipated. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

UFC’s Feb. 27 Card Gets Sabina Mazo-Alexis Davis Bantamweight Tilt

Sabina Mazo will make her bantamweight debut against Alexis Davis at a UFC card on Feb. 27. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Bethe Correia-Yanan Wu Bantamweight Battle Relocated to Jan. 16 UFC Card

The final bout of ex-Ultimate Fighting Championship title challenger Bethe Correia’s career will have to wait a little while longer. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Norma Dumont details ‘painful’ 35-pound cut for UFC bantamweight debut

Norma Dumont returned to bantamweight after losing to Megan Anderson in her UFC debut | Leo Farias, Shooto Brazil Norma Dumont’s road back to bantamweight was far from easy. The Brazilian fighter signed with the UFC to compete as a featherweight, but lost in the first round to future 145-pound title contender Megan Anderson in […]

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