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Ricky Bandejas

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Ricky Bandejas
Born (1991-11-26) November 26, 1991 (age 29)
Brick, New Jersey, United States[1]
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)[1]
DivisionBantamweight (135 lbs)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
Fighting out ofCoconut Creek, Florida, United States[1]
TeamNick Catone MMA & Fitness
Years active2014-present (professional)
2011-2013 (amateur)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission3
By decision4
By submission3
By decision2
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[edit]

Early career[edit]

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[2].

Bellator MMA[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4]

Bandejas was matched up against promotional newcomer Patchy Mix at Bellator 222 on June 14, 2019. He was defeated via first round submission.[5]

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.[6]

Bandejas next fought Frans Mlambo at Bellator 240 on February 22, 2020. He won the bout via second round KO.[7]

He first headlined a Bellator main event on July 24, 2020 against Sergio Pettis[8] where he lost via unanimous decision.

He most recently faced Leandro Higo on October 15, 2020 at Bellator 249.[9][10] 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.[11]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Cage Fury Fighting Championships
    • CFFC Bantamweight Championship (One time)
      • One successful title defense

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

See also[edit]

  • List of current Bellator fighters
  • List of male mixed martial artists


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  2. "Bellator signs CFFC interim champ Ricky Bandejas to multi-fight deal". MMA Junkie.
  3. "Ricky Bandejas received 'thousands' of grateful comments after James Gallagher KO". MMA Fighting.
  4. Adam Stocker (January 27, 2019). "Bellator 214: Juan Archuleta eyes title fight after beating Ricky Bandejas". FanSided.com.
  5. Mike Chiari (June 15, 2019). "Bellator 222 Results: Chael Sonnen Retires, Rory MacDonald Retains Title, More". Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  6. Mike Heck (August 24, 2019). "Bellator 225 results: Ricky Bandejas back in the win column with quick KO". MyMMANews.com.
  7. Bryan Tucker (February 22, 2020). "Bellator 240/Bellator Dublin results". MMAFighting.com.
  8. "Ricky Bandejas: "Can't say no" to Bellator 242 headliner with Sergio Pettis". mmasucka.com.
  9. "Bellator 249 fight card". Bellator. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  10. "Ricky Bandejas vs. Leandro Higo, Saad Awad vs. Mandel Nallo round out Bellator 249 main card". MMA Junkie. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  11. Damon Martin, Mike Heck (October 27, 2020). "Former two-division champion Joe Warren, Ricky Bandejas, Roy Nelson among slew of Bellator fighters no longer under contract". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved October 27, 2020.

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