Bellator Implements Ranking System, Panel Revealed

Bellator has introduced an official rankings system.

For years, Bellator has been without a public rankings system. While the promotion has managed to steer clear of controversies regarding snubbed title opportunities, the movers and shakers of Bellator felt it was time to spice things up. That is why Bellator has made a significant announcement.

Bellator has revealed that a 15-person voting panel comprised of MMA media members will determine the rankings. In addition to a top-10 list for every division, the men and women will have separate pound-for-pound rankings.

In a press release, Bellator President Scott Coker had the following to say.

“This is the greatest roster in the history of Bellator. As we continue to sign the top free agents in the sport and see the success of young prospects inside the Bellator cage, we felt that the time was right to introduce official fighter rankings. We are always looking at ways to improve our product and this adds a new and exciting aspect to the organization that will have a significant impact on how fans watch Bellator. Every division is competitive, every matchup is important, and we are set for several potential blockbusters as we begin a new year on Showtime.”

Check out the panel reveal and how the divisional rankings will be determined below.

  • Top 10 fighter rankings will be voted on in nine Bellator MMA weight classes, in addition to two pound-for-pound lists.
  • Champions of each division will be automatically assigned to the Champions slot atop the rankings.
    Fighters in seven men’s divisions will be ranked, including:
    Heavyweight
    Light Heavyweight
    Middleweight
    Welterweight
    Lightweight
    Featherweight
    Bantamweight
    Fighters in two women’s divisions will be ranked, including:
    Featherweight
    Flyweight
    Two pound-for-pound lists will be voted on, including:
    Men’s
    Women’s

         Media Rankings Panel

  • Jeff Cain – MMA Weekly
  • Brian Campbell – CBS Sports
  • Rodrigo Del Campo – Claro Sports
  • Rob DeMello – KHON Hawaii
  • Jason Floyd – The MMA Report
  • George Garcia – MMA Junkie
  • Amy Kaplan – FanSided
  • Nolan King – MMA Junkie
  • John Hyon Ko – South China Morning Post
  • Mark LaMonica – Newsday
  • Igor Lazarin – TASS Russia
  • Shakiel Mahjouri – Fightful MMA
  • Joe McDonagh – Cageside Press
  • John Morgan – MMA Junkie
  • Ken Pishna – MMA Weekly

New fighters must compete at least once under the Bellator banner in a current term in order to be eligible for the rankings. Fighters in the rankings can remain there for up to 15 months without competing. Fighters are also allowed to be ranked in two weight classes.

The initial rankings are set to roll out in the days before Bellator’s April 2 debut on Showtime.

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