|Born||November 26, 1991|
Brick, New Jersey, United States
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)|
|Division||Bantamweight (135 lbs)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida, United States|
|Team||Nick Catone MMA & Fitness|
|Years active||2014-present (professional)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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Ricky Bandejas (born November 26, 1991) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the bantamweight division, best known for his time with Bellator MMA. He entered fighting as an amateur in the regional circuit around New Jersey and made his pro debut with Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC).
Mixed martial arts career
Bandejas's first professional fight was on April 26, 2014 at CFFC 35 where he defeated Dwayne Holman via guillotine choke. He fought exclusively for CFFC and became the bantamweight interim champion until he signed with Bellator in 2018.
Bandejas debuted in Bellator on August 17, 2018 to compete against up and coming protégé of Conor McGregor, James Gallagher. Despite trash talk leading up to the fight and a barrage of taunts from Gallagher in the cage, he secured a first round KO, ending Gallagher's undefeated streak in the process.
After his win over Gallagher, Bandejas was matched with former multi-division King of the Cage champion Juan Archuleta at Bellator 214 on January 24, 2019. He was defeated via unanimous decision.
Bandejas faced Ahmet Kayretli at Bellator 225 on August 24, 2019. He was victorious via firstr round knockout, snapping a two-fight losing streak in the process.
Bandejas next fought Frans Mlambo at Bellator 240 on February 22, 2020. He won the bout via second round KO.
He first headlined a Bellator main event on July 24, 2020 against Sergio Pettis where he lost via unanimous decision.
He most recently faced Leandro Higo on October 15, 2020 at Bellator 249. At the weigh-ins, Higo missed weight, coming in at 139 pounds, 3 pounds over the allotted non-title bantamweight limit of 136 pounds. He was fined a percentage of his purse, which went to Bandejas. Bandejas was defeated via first round submission.
On October 27, 2020, it was announced that Bandejas had been released from Bellator.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Cage Fury Fighting Championships
- CFFC Bantamweight Championship (One time)
- One successful title defense
- CFFC Bantamweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||13 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||13–5||Leandro Higo||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 249||October 15, 2020||2||2:32||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Catchweight (139 lbs) bout; Higo missed weight.|
|Loss||13–4||Sergio Pettis||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 242||July 24, 2020||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||13–3||Frans Mlambo||KO (punch)||Bellator 240||February 22, 2020||2||1:25||Dublin, Ireland|
|Win||12–3||Ahmet Kayretli||KO (punches)||Bellator 225||August 24, 2019||1||1:21||Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||11–3||Patchy Mix||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 222||June 14, 2019||1||1:06||New York, New York, United States|
|Loss||11–2||Juan Archuleta||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 214||January 26, 2019||3||5:00||Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||11–1||James Gallagher||KO (head kick and punches)||Bellator 204||August 17, 2018||1||2:49||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States|
|Win||10–1||Nick Mamalis||KO (punch)||CFFC 69||December 16, 2017||4||4:07||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Defended the CFFC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||9–1||Giorgi Kudukhashvili||TKO (shoulder injury)||CFFC 66||August 5, 2017||1||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won the CFFC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||8–1||Miguel Restrepo||Decision (unanimous)||CFFC 61||October 29, 2016||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||7–1||Tony Gravely||Submission (rear naked choke)||CFFC 60||August 6, 2016||2||2:32||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||6–1||Jordan Morales||Decision (unanimous)||CFFC 58||May 21, 2016||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||5–1||Nick Pace||Submission (rear naked choke)||CFFC 52||October 31, 2015||1||2:51||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||For the CFFC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||5–0||Leo Muniz||TKO (slam)||CFFC 48||May 9, 2015||2||2:20||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||4–0||Alfred Jones||Submission (rear naked choke)||CFFC 45||February 7, 2015||3||3:45||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||3–0||Merab Dvalishvili||Decision (unanimous)||CFFC 43||November 1, 2014||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||2–0||Chris Piriz||Decision (unanimous)||CFFC 37||June 28, 2014||3||5:00||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||1–0||Dwayne Holman Jr.||Submission (guillotine choke)||CFFC 35||April 26, 2014||1||4:02||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Amateur record breakdown|
|8 matches||7 wins||1 loss|
|Win||7–1||Robert Wallin||Submission (rear naked choke)||Extreme Fighting Championshiops - Warrior||August 24, 2013||3||2:53||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.|
|Win||6–1||Josh Armstrong||Submission (rear naked choke)||Dead Serious 7||June 8, 2013||3||2:23||Lincroft, New Jersey, United States||Catchweight (140 lbs) bout. Won Vacant DSMMA 140 lbs Championship.|
|Loss||5–1||Shane Burgos||Submission (guillotine choke)||ROC - Amateur 15||February 23, 2013||2||1:18||South Amboy, New Jersey, United States||Catchweight (147 lbs) bout. For ROC Vacant 147 lbs Championship.|
|Win||5–0||Erly Abrigo||Decision (unanimous)||Dead Serious 5||October 27, 2012||3||3:00||Rahway, New Jersey, United States||Catchweight (140 lbs) bout. Won DSMMA Catchweight Championship.|
|Win||4–0||Nestor Negroni||Decision (unanimous)||Reality Fighting - Battle at the Beach 2012||August 3, 2012||3||3:00||Wildwood, New Jersey, United States||Featherweight bout.|
|Win||3–0||Eddie Aponte||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Dead Serious 4||May 26, 2012||2||2:15||Rahway, New Jersey, United States||Catchweight (147 lbs) bout.|
|Win||2–0||Sharif Rashidov||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Dead Serious 3||April 7, 2012||2||1:19||Rahway, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||1–0||Keyner Rodriguez||Submission (arm triangle choke)||Dead Serious 2||December 17, 2011||3||2:12||Rahway, New Jersey, United States|
- List of current Bellator fighters
- List of male mixed martial artists
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