The 15 Most Famous Bellator Fighters

Bellator MMA is coming to CBS Sports. It’s time to get to know their top talent.

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Bellator MMA will be moving to CBS Sports Network in October, and there is no better time to become acquainted with the mixed martial arts promotion’s top talent. Founded in 2008, Bellator MMA is widely considered one of the top mixed martial arts promotions outside of the UFC. What makes them different is their willingness to co-promote with the likes of the Rizin Fighting Federation in Japan and hold hybrid MMA and kickboxing events. They even have a cage/ring set up to help transition from one to the other and hold tournaments to determine title contenders as opposed to the interim titles other promotions like to use.

A new home on an all-sports network means fans will be seeing a lot more of Bellator MMA. They will be bringing their fanbase that goes back as far as twelve years, and while many have been along for the ride, the sport of MMA has grown a lot since then. With MMA’s growth, a new network means a lot more new fans. In no particular order, here are Bellator MMA’s top 15 fighters to watch representing countries from around the world.

1. Ryan Bader 27-6-1, Current Bellator Heavyweight Champion Representing the United States of America

2. Vadim Nemkov 12-2, Current Bellator Light-heavyweight Champion Representing Russia

3. Cheick Kongo 30-10-2-1, Representing France

4. Douglas Lima 32-7, Current Bellator Welterweight Champion Representing Brazil

5. Gegard Mousasi 45-7-2 Former Bellator Middleweight Champion, Representing Netherlands

6. Patricio Freire 30-4, Current Lightweight/Featherweight Champion, Representing Brazil

7. Cris “Cyborg” Justino 22-2-1, Current Women’s Featherweight Champion, Representing Brazil

8. Arlene Blencowe 13-7, Representing Australia

9. Ilima-lei Macfarlane 11-0, Current Flyweight Champion Representing United States of America (Hawaii)

10. Juan Archuleta 25-2, Current Bantamweight Champion, Representing the United States of America

11. Patrick Mix 13-1, Representing the United States of America

12. Darrion Caldwell 15-3 Former bantamweight Champion, Representing the United States of America

13. A.J. McKee 16-0, Representing the United States of America

14. Andrey Koreshkov 22-4, former welterweight Champion, Representing Russia

15. Raymond Daniels 2-1-1, Representing the United States of America

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