Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA
Industry Mixed martial arts promotion
Founded 2008
Founder Bjorn Rebney
Headquarters Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Key people
Bjorn Rebney
President 2008–2014
Scott Coker
President 2014–present
Rich Chou
VP Talent Relations/Matchmaker
Parent Viacom[1]

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 cheque 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.


The word Bellator means "warrior" in Latin.

Company timeline

Tournament format

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 tournaments.[2]

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 event.[3][4]

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

Broadcast partners

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 partners


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 Records

Most Wins Brazil Patrício Freire 13
Youngest Champion United States Joe Soto 22 Years
Oldest Champion United States Joe Warren 38 Years
Most Finishes Brazil Patrício Freire 9
Most Knockouts TBD TBD
Most Submissions TBD TBD
Most Decision Wins United States Joe Warren 8
Most Bouts Brazil Patrício Freire 16
Most wins in title bouts United States Ben Askren 5
Most title bouts United States Pat Curran 7
Most consecutive title defenses United States Ben Askren 4
Longest winning streak United States Michael Chandler
United States Ben Askren
Fastest knockout Cuba/Australia Hector Lombard 0:06
Fastest submission United States Aaron Johnson 0:15


Season One

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 Hess[5] 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 Title.[6] In addition, Eddie Alvarez defeated Toby Imada to win the Bellator Lightweight Belt[7] while Joe Soto defeated Yahir Reyes to become the Bellator Featherweight Champion.[8] Color commentary for Bellator's first season was provided by Jon Anik and Jason Chambers.

Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Middleweight Cuba/Australia Hector Lombard United States Jared Hess Bellator 12
Welterweight United States Lyman Good Dominican Republic Omar De La Cruz Bellator 11
Lightweight United States Eddie Alvarez United States Toby Imada Bellator 12
Featherweight United States Joe Soto Mexico Yahir Reyes Bellator 10

Season Two

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 States.[9] 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 Champion[10] while Ben Askren defeated Dan Hornbuckle to win the 170 lb tournament.[11] Also, Pat Curran defeated Toby Imada to win the lightweight tournament[12] and Joe Warren (fighter) defeated Patricio Pitbull to become the Featherweight Tournament Champion.[13] 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 18.[14] Also, Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez submitted Josh Neer in a catch weight bout at Bellator 17[15] and Joe Soto scored a technical knockout victory over Diego Saraiva in a featherweight bout at Bellator 19.[16] 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 2.[17]

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

Season Three

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 history.[18] Zoila Gurgel became the first Bellator Women's Champion when she defeated Megumi Fujii at Bellator 34.[19] 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 Champion.[20] Other championship fights featured during season 3 were Hector Lombard retaining his Bellator middleweight championship by defeating Season 2 Tournament Winner, Alexander Shlemenko[21] and Season 2 Welterweight Tournament Champion, Ben Askren, defeating reigning champion Lyman Good to become the new Bellator Welterweight Champion.[22] 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 match[23] and Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard's 38 second knockout of Herbert Goodman at Bellator 24.[24]

Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Heavyweight United States Cole Konrad South Africa Neil Grove Bellator 32
Bantamweight United States Zach Makovsky United States Ed West Bellator 32
Women's Strawweight (115 lbs.) United States Zoila GurgelJapan Megumi Fujii Bellator 34

Season Four –The MTV2 Partnership

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 MTV2.[25] 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 Champion[26] while Christian M'Pumbu defeated Richard Hale (fighter) the same night to become the first Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion in history.[27] Also, Michael Chandler became the Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament Champion when he defeated Patricky "Pitbull" at Bellator 44[28] while Jay Hieron booked a welterweight title shot by defeating Rick Hawn in the Bellator Welterweight Tournament Championship at Bellator 43.[29] 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 39[32] and Hector Lombard's one punch knockout of Falaniko Vitale at Bellator 44.[33] Hale and Pitbull were, respectively, nominated for the 2011 World MMA Awards submission of the year and knockout of the year.[34]

Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Light Heavyweight France Christian M'PumbuUnited States Richard Hale Bellator 45
Welterweight United States Jay HieronUnited States Rick HawnBellator 43
Lightweight United States Michael ChandlerBrazil Patricky FreireBellator 44
Featherweight Brazil Patricio FreireUnited States Daniel Mason-Straus Bellator 45

Summer Series 2011

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 States.[35] 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 Champion.[36] 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 48.[37]

Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Featherweight United States Pat CurranBrazil Marlon SandroBellator 48

Season Five: The Viacom Era

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 as well as Bellator's Facebook page.[38] In the tournament finals, Eduardo Dantas defeated Alexis Vila at Bellator 59 to become the Bellator Bantamweight Tournament Champion[39] while Douglas Lima knocked out Ben Saunders at Bellator 57 to become the Bellator Welterweight Tournament Champion.[40] Also, Alexander Shlemenko defeated Vitor Vianna at Bellator 57 to become the Bellator Middleweight Tournament Champion[41] while the heavyweight final between Eric Prindle and Thiago Santos was ruled a no contest after an accidental groin kick left Prindle unable to continue.[42] Santos failed to make weight for a scheduled rematch causing the bout to be cancelled, and Prindle to be awarded the tournament win by default.[43] On October 26, 2011, Viacom, the parent company of MTV Networks, announced the purchase of a majority stake in Bellator.[44] As part of the deal, Spike TV will begin broadcasting Bellator live in 2013.[45] 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 internationally.[46] On November 19, 2011, at Bellator 58, the company hosted what was called the best fight in the promotion's early history.[47] 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 year.[48][49] 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 51.[51]

Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Heavyweight United States Eric PrindleBrazil Thiago SantosBellator 62
Middleweight Russia Alexander ShlemenkoBrazil Vitor ViannaBellator 57
Welterweight Brazil Douglas LimaUnited States Ben SaundersBellator 57
Bantamweight Brazil Eduardo DantasCuba Alexis VilaBellator 59

Season Six

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.

Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Middleweight Brazil Maiquel FalcãoSweden Andreas SpangBellator 69
Welterweight France Karl Amoussou United States Bryan Baker Bellator 72
Lightweight United States Rick HawnUnited States Brent WeedmanBellator 70
Featherweight United States Daniel Mason-StrausBrazil Marlon SandroBellator 68
Bantamweight Brazil Marcos GalvaoBrazil Luis NogueiraBellator 73

Summer Series 2012

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.

Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Light Heavyweight Slovakia Attila VeghUnited States Travis WiuffBellator 73

Season Seven

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.

Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Heavyweight Russia Alexander VolkovUnited States Richard HaleBellator 84
Welterweight Russia Andrey KoreshkovUnited States Lyman GoodBellator 82
Lightweight United States Dave JansenPoland Marcin HeldBellator 93
Featherweight Russia Shahbulat ShamhalaevUnited States Rad MartinezBellator 90

Season Eight

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.

Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Light Heavyweight United States Emanuel NewtonRussia Mikhail ZayatsBellator 94
Middleweight United States Doug MarshallUnited States Brett Cooper

Bellator 95

Welterweight Brazil Douglas Lima United States Ben Saunders Bellator 100
Lightweight United States David RickelsUnited States Saad AwadBellator 94
Featherweight Russia Frodo Khasbulaev United States Mike RichmanBellator 95

Summer Series 2013

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.

Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Heavyweight Russia Vitaly MinakovUnited States Ryan Martinez Bellator 97
Light Heavyweight United States Muhammed LawalUnited States Jacob Noe Bellator 97
Bantamweight Brazil Rafael SilvaUnited States Anthony Leone Bellator 102

Season Nine

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.

Weight Division Winner Runner-Up Event
Heavyweight[lower-alpha 1] France Cheick KongoAustralia Peter Graham Bellator 107
Middleweight United States Brennan WardDenmark Mikkel Parlo Bellator 107
Welterweight United States Rick HawnUnited States Ron Keslar Bellator 109
Lightweight United States Will BrooksRussia Alexander Sarnavskiy Bellator 109
Featherweight Brazil Patricio FreireUnited States Justin Wilcox Bellator 108
Bantamweight[lower-alpha 1] United States Joe WarrenUnited States Travis Marx Bellator 107
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Season Ten

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 Russia Alexander Volkov Bulgaria Blagoy Ivanov Bellator 120
Light Heavyweight United States Quinton Jackson United States Muhammed Lawal Bellator 120
Featherweight Germany Daniel Weichel United States Desmond Green Bellator 119
Middleweight United States Brandon Halsey United States Brett Cooper Bellator 122
Welterweight Russia Andrey Koreshkov United States Adam McDonough Bellator 122
Lightweight Poland Marcin Held Brazil Patricky Freire Bellator 126

    Summer Series 2014

    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 United Kingdom Liam McGeary United States Kelly Anundson Bellator 124

    Season Eleven

    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.

    Reality show

    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 MMA.[52] 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, 2013.[53]

    Fight Master

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

    Bellator currently uses seven weight classes for men:

    Weight class name Upper limit
    in pounds (lb) in kilograms (kg)
    Bantamweight 13561.2
    Featherweight 14565.8
    Lightweight 15570.3
    Welterweight 17077.1
    Middleweight 18583.9
    Light Heavyweight 20593.0
    Heavyweight 265120.2

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

    Match outcome

    Matches usually end via:

    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 rules

    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 events

    See Main Article List of Bellator events

    Current champions

    DivisionUpper weight limitChampionSinceTitle defenses
    Heavyweight265 lb (120 kg; 18.9 st) Vacant May 14, 2016 0
    Light Heavyweight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)United States Phil DavisNovember 4, 2016 (Bellator 163)0
    Middleweight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)Brazil Rafael CarvalhoOctober 23, 2015 (Bellator 144)1
    Welterweight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)Brazil Douglas LimaNovember 10, 2016 (Bellator 164)0
    Lightweight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)United States Michael Chandler June 24, 2016 (Bellator 157) 1
    Featherweight145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)United States Daniel Mason-StrausNovember 6, 2015 (Bellator 145)0
    Bantamweight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)Brazil Eduardo DantasJune 17, 2016 (Bellator 156)1

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