Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix To Take Place In 2022, Featuring 8 Fighters

Bellator puts $1M and a world title on the line for 8 bantamweights.

Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix
Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix

Business is booming for Bellator MMA.

The promotion’s latest show, Bellator 272, would be fireworks last night. The event would end with a ‘KO of the year’ by Sergio Pettis as he knocked out Kyoji Horiguchi with a spinning backfist. Pettis would retain his world title, but the fun was only beginning for the bantamweight division. 

A New Tournament

On route to the main event, Bellator would announce on their broadcast that there was a new World Grand Prix on the horizon. This time, it would be at 135lbs, with 8 fighters competing for a world title and 1 million dollars. 

Here is the confirmed lineup of fighters for the tournament:

  • (C) Sergio Pettis
  • Kyoji Horiguchi
  • #1 Juan Archuleta
  • #2 Raufeon Stots
  • #3 Patchy Mix
  • #4 Magomed Magomedov
  • #5 Leandro Higo
  • #6 James Gallagher


While the Grand Prix’s contestants were chosen from rankings, it will not have its matchups made based off rankings. Bellator president Scott Coker said he will not use a seed system to find their fights (ex: #1 vs. #6). They will also not use a randomizer. 

Instead, Coker and his matchmakers will sit down and make the fights from a stylistic standpoint. The tournament will start in 2022, after the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix ends with Vadim Nemkov vs. Corey Anderson early next year. 

There is a total of 5 potential rematches that can be made inside the bantamweight grand prix, as a lot of them have already fought each other. Sergio Pettis looks to retain his belt all throughout the process and will look to secure a $1M purse. He is not interested in picking his opponents and will let Bellator decide who he faces next. 

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Published on December 4, 2021 at 4:22 pm
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