Ranking Bellator champions: who’s the most dominant today?
Since Scott Coker took over, Bellator has really become one of the primary MMA promotions in the world.
They are finally booking important fights and they have world class talent, not just older men or veterans. They have guys past their prime, who still have big names too and they also have men who could easily be champions in the UFC such as, Michael Chandler, the Pitbull brothers, Darrion Caldwell, and so much more.
Bellator has so any up-and-coming prospects like Aaron Pico, Juan Archuleta and if you remember Strikeforce the promotion, Scott Coker ran it when current an former UFC stars when he ran the promotion. It produced stars like Ronda Rousey, Luke Rockhold, Miesha Tate, Daniel Cormier, and more. It’s no surprise that Bellator has been taking off and has the champions it does. But who are the most dominant champions in the organization?
Here is the list of the most dominant champions in Bellator MMA.
#8 – Ilima-Lei Macfarlane
Ilima is one of the few Hawaiian champions in MMA, alongside UFC featherweight champion, Max Holloway. Ilima has a perfect record of 9-0 and is easily one of the best flyweights in the world. I’d would love to see her in the UFC one day before she calls it a career.
#7 – Darrion Caldwell
With only one loss on his record and that loss not coming under the Bellator banner, Caldwell is perfect in Bellator has not yet been beaten. His only loss came at Rizin, as he was allowed by Scott Coker to fight for the Rizin bantamweight title against Kyoji Horiguchi and lost via submission.
#6 – Julia Budd
Budd is easily one of the best women’s featherweights and she does not get the credit or recognition she deserves as a world champion. Budd is a former kickboxer and her last kickboxing loss came to former UFC featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie. Julia has been perfect since joining the bellator banner and is 6-0 in her first six fights in the promotion.
#5 – Rory MacDonald
MacDonald has been considered one of the best welterweights in the world for almost a decade now. You wouldn’t even know he isn’t that old too. Rory has been in the game since he was young he has challenged for the UFC welterweight title where he was eventually stopped by Robbie Lawler.
#4 – Michael Chandler
Chandler is a Bellator veteran and a three time Bellator lightweight world champion. He will put his lightweight title on the line against Patricio Pitbull the younger brother of Patricky Pitbull who Chandler knocked out in 2016. Chandler owns one of the greatest rivalries in MMA history with Eddie Alvarez whom he has fought twice and both fights were all-time great fights. Although he has dropped some big fights to the likes of Will Brooks, who at the time was considered the next big thing, and Brent Primus who he would eventually avenge the loss and regain his lightweight world title.
#3 – Patricio Pitbull
Patricio is one of the top and longest champions Bellator has. He is a two-time featherweight world champion and will try and make history when he moves up to lightweight to challenge Michael Chandler for the Bellator lightweight title to avenge his brother’s knockout loss. Patricio’s only losses come at the hands of the top guys and he has also avenged his loses to these men: Pat Curran, Daniel Straus. The only loss he didn’t avenge was to Benson Henderson at lightweight.
#2 – Gegard Mousasi
Since leaving the UFC and joining Bellator, Gegard has been nothing but spectacular becoming the middleweight world champion. He is on an 8 fight winning streak dating all the way back to UFC Fight Night: Silva vs Bisping in 2016. He has wins over Chris Weidman, Vitor Belfort, Uriah Hall, Thiago Santos, Alexander Shlemenko, former middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho, and Bellator welterweight world champion Rory MacDonald. Gegard is in his prime and is looking to become a champ champ in the future.
#1 – Ryan Bader
How can you not put Ryan first? He is the first champ champ in Bellator history, holding the light heavyweight heavyweight titles. Ryan has truly came along way from Daniel Cormier saying he wants the easiest fight in the division to joining him in being a double world champion. With his style and the size of the heavyweight division in Bellator, I expect Ryan to keep his dominance and be able to defend both belts.
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