The exciting news is brewing in the world of mixed martial arts as Bellator MMA, the prominent combat sports promotion, prepares to make a ground-breaking move.
After nearly a decade, Bellator is set to launch a men's flyweight division, expanding its roster, and providing new opportunities for athletes in the sport. While an official announcement is yet to be made, multiple sources with inside knowledge have confirmed this development to MMA Junkie.
This upcoming addition marks a significant milestone for Bellator, as it will be the first time since 2014 that the organization introduces a new weight class. With the exact date of implementation yet to be disclosed, fans and fighters alike are buzzing with anticipation for the debut of the highly competitive division.
Bellator's decision to include a men's flyweight division showcases their commitment to keeping up with the evolving landscape of mixed martial arts. Currently, Bellator boasts nine active divisions and the forthcoming addition will bring their total to ten. Although the UFC, Bellator's main competitor, currently holds twelve weight classes, including two for women, Bellator's expansion will reinforce its status as a premier destination for fighters.
While the official roster for the men's flyweight division remains unknown, one name that has emerged as a potential early contender is Kyoji Horiguchi. The top Bellator bantamweight contender has a storied career in the flyweight division, making him a formidable force in the upcoming weight class. Horiguchi's recent bout in April was scheduled to take place in the flyweight division but was unfortunately canceled due to his opponent's weight management issues.
The excitement continues to build within the MMA community, especially with Bellator 297 just around the corner. This highly anticipated event is scheduled for June 16 in Chicago and will feature two electrifying title fights. With Vadim Nemkov facing off against Yoel Romero and Sergio Pettis taking on Patricio Freire, fans can expect a night of thrilling action that will only serve to amplify the buzz surrounding the upcoming men's flyweight division.