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MMA Scribbles Newsletter | A Love Letter to Bellator's Bantamweights - Issue #17

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I’ve always liked Bellator’s bantamweight division.

Photo: Bellator MMA
Photo: Bellator MMA
I’ve always liked Bellator MMA’s 135-pound division. Ever since I saw Joe Warren win the interim title at Bellator 118 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
I was impressed with the pace and pressure of the fight. Warren almost lost, then came around to win at that fight, then fight the younger favorite, Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 128 to unify the title. He beat a younger man but to see Warren compete then when he was already considered too old for the sport was inspiring to my old ass.
Ever since I remember always being entertained by Bellator’s bantamweights. One of my favorite fights in a non-title fight between L.C. Davis and Hideo Tokoro. Oddly enough, the event number is 135 and if you have never seen it, I highly recommend checking it out. It was a fight of the year candidate for 2015. Check out the below video for highlights and Jimmy Smith’s recollection of it.
Bellator MMA: Foundations with LC Davis
Bellator MMA: Foundations with LC Davis
Fast forward to Friday the 13th of August 2021, Raufeon Stots defeated Magomed Magomedov by unanimous decision at Bellator 264 in a fight it seemed the general MMA fanbase was not aware of. Stots cut a promo after the win, asking for a $1-million-dollar Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix, and Bellator MMA President, Scott Coker seemed to like the idea.
Bellator has its own rankings which are updated every Tuesday after an event. At the time of writing this, these are the current rankings:
Champ: Sergio Pettis (21-5)
1. Juan Archuleta (25-3)
2. Patchy Mix (14-1)
3. Magomed Magomedov (18-1)
4. Raufeon Stots (16-1)
5. Leandro Higo (21-5) 
6. James Gallagher (11-1) 
7. Josh Hill (20-4)
8. Jornel Lugo (6-0)
9. Cass Bell (5-2)
10. Darrion Caldwell (15-5) 
For reference, the number 10 ranked man, Darrion Caldwell is the former bantamweight champion and holds wins over Warren, Dantas, and beat Leandro Higo in their first meeting but lost the rematch. So, there’s already a trilogy Bellator could market there.
Bellator just finished up the featherweight Grand Prix that A.J. McKee won and they still have the light-heavyweight one in progress so we can wait that out but as we near the end of 2021, I’m all in for a 2022 bantamweight Grand Prix.
With the likes of the competitors listed above, who wouldn’t be?
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