Why the addition of a men’s flyweight division to Bellator MMA is the right move at this moment

It’s time to add another lower weight class to Bellator’s pool of talented competitors. This year’s Bantamweight World Grand Prix will come to an end, followed by the Lightweight Grand Prix. When everything is said and done, the promotion need to schedule an eight-man competition to name the first Bellator flyweight champion.

With Grand Prix tournaments, Rizin crossovers, and a growing dedication to its women’s featherweight division—which boasts Cris Cyborg as champion, the recent signing of Olympian Sara McMann, and the persistent interest in acquiring multiple PFL tournament champion Kayla Harrison for a super fight—Bellator is conscious of setting itself apart from the UFC. The men’s flyweight class, which has recently undergone a significant renovation, is one vessel Bellator would be wise to board.

“125 has significantly increased globally. On “Morning Kombat,” CBS Sports commentator Luke Thomas stated, “I really want to see them go for 125 “Brian Campbell is with. “I’m not sure if they believe that’s in their best interests or if they feel they can’t influence the market with it. They have athletes who can perform at a high level at 125 pounds, so I don’t see why they don’t have a 125-pound division. Giving them a place to live makes logical.”

The last few years have seen a rise in interest in MMA flyweights as a result of an interesting trilogy between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno that was evenly split. Demetrious Johnson, a former UFC flyweight champion, is revered by long-time fans regardless of weight class, but this talent did not appeal to the general public. Johnson was not particularly antagonistic, and the UFC had no idea how to capitalize on his reputation as a dedicated (video) gamer. Johnson’s dominance occasionally made for dull contests. Fans today are well aware that flyweights can deliver.

Kyoji Horiguchi might be the sole beneficiary of a flyweight category in Bellator. Before Sergio Pettis unleashed a stunning, late-round spinning back punch KO, Horiguchi was on the verge of winning back the Bellator bantamweight title. In the Bantamweight Grand Prix quarterfinals, Horiguchi engaged in a competitive battle with underdog Patchy Mix, but he was unable to overcome Mix’s strength and grappling. Given that most of his opponents were larger than him, Horiguchi’s ability to win bantamweight championships in Bellator and Rizin is impressive. Horiguchi, who had a 7-1 record in the UFC, competed against Johnson for the flyweight title. In Bellator, he could take command of a 125-pound division right away.

Ranked Bellator competitors who are trying to break through at bantamweight may get another chance at flyweight. A number of outstanding flyweights who are currently competing outside of North America also find a new home thanks to this. A few of the competitors competing outside of North America who have the potential to become household names in Bellator include Zach Makovsky, Ali Bagautinov, Dustin Ortiz, and Jose Torres.

Bellator already has some of the top lighter-weight competitors in the sport, including Usman Nurmagomedov, AJ McKee, and Tofiq Musayev at lightweight and Sergio Pettis, Raufeon Stots, and Patchy Mix at bantamweight. The flyweights could end up becoming the next great division to raise the Bellator flag if they are allowed to compete freely.