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Bellator Kickboxing Announces Rules and Weight Classes

On Friday, April 16th Bellator Kickboxing will hold their first event in Italy, the event will air on April 22nd at 11pm Eastern, directly following Bellator 153, which sees the debut of former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson. With one month to go there have been questions as to what sorts of rules and weight classes the new promotion will be using and today they are announcing just that. 

Bellator Kickboxing will be adhering to MMA weight classes, a smart move that keeps uniformity between both brands and helps to make kickboxing less confusing to newer viewers. According to Bellator, the weight classes that they plan on featuring are listed below.

  • Heavyweight: 265 pounds
  • Light Heavyweight: 205 pounds
  • Middleweight: 185 pounds
  • Welterweight: 170 pounds
  • Lightweight: 155 pounds
  • Featherweight: 145 pounds
  • Bantamweight: 135 pounds
  • Flyweight: 125 pounds

Much like MMA, there will be a one pound allowance, although that will be different in title fights.

The fights will be following the general ruleset that we've known for a long time now as "K-1 rules," which means that regular fights will be contested in three rounds with each round clocking in at three minutes. In case of a draw there will be an extension round, but only one. For world title fights there will be five rounds. As for the actual rules, here is what they sent us in regards to how the fights will take place.

  • The competitors will attack and defend using punches (including spinning backfists), kicks and knee strikes.
  • Each non-title fight is scheduled for three, three-minute rounds with the potential for an extra sudden victory round if the bout is scored a draw. Title fights will be scheduled for five, three-minute rounds.
  • Prohibited techniques include: elbow strikes, throws, takedowns, and submission attempts or striking a downed fighter. Fighters may only clinch if they immediately attack with a knee strike.
  • Three judges will score Bellator Kickboxing using the “10-Point-Must” system applying a prioritized criterion that values knockdowns, impact on the opponent and clean scoring strikes.

The debut card currently looks like this:

Updated “Bellator Kickboxing: Torino” Fight Card:

Bellator Kickboxing Middleweight Main Event: Melvin Manhoef (49-12) vs. Alexandru Negrea (8-2)

Bellator Kickboxing 165-Pound Feature Bout: Mustapha Haida (37-3-3) vs. Karim Ghajji (95-12)

Bellator Kickboxing Welterweight Feature Bout: Raymond Daniels (10-3) vs. TBA

Bellator Kickboxing Flyweight Feature Bout: Denise Kielholtz (43-2) vs. TBA

Bellator Kickboxing Bantamweight Feature Bout: Kevin Ross (30-9) vs. TBA

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Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.

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