Flyweight (MMA)

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The flyweight division in mixed martial arts – as defined the Nevada State Athletic Commission combat sports doctrine[1] and by the Association of Boxing Commissions[2] – groups together all competitors 125 lb (57 kg) and below.

The flyweight division in mixed martial arts can refer to a number of different weight classes:

  • The UFC's flyweight division with an upper limit of 125 lb
  • The Pancrase super flyweight division with an upper limit of 125 lb[3]
  • The Shooto bantamweight division with an upper limit of 123 lb[4]
  • The Pancrase flyweight division with an upper limit of 120 lb[3]
  • The Shooto flyweight division with an upper limit of 115 lb[5]

Zuffa[edit]

On February 3, 2009, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) announced they would be adding a flyweight division set at 125 lb,[6] however the division was never instituted. When the UFC and WEC merged, UFC president Dana White indicated that the Ultimate Fighting Championship would likely add a flyweight division in the future.[7] The UFC flyweight division was officially announced in 2011;[8] with the inaugural champion being decided by way of a four man tournament that began with the semifinal round held at the UFC on FX 2 event in Sydney Australia on March 2, 2012. Joseph Benavidez won his semi-final at UFC on FX 2 while Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall fought to a draw. Johnson and McCall rematched at UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall on June 8, 2012 with Johnson advancing. Johnson won the first UFC flyweight championship with his win over Benavidez at UFC 152.[9]

Professional Champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

This table is not always up to date. Last updated on September 15, 2014.

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC September 22, 2012 United States Demetrious Johnson 20-2-1 (4KO 7SUB) 4
ONE FC September 12, 2014 Brazil Adriano Moraes 12-1-0 (3KO 6SUB) 0

Women:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
Invicta FC April 5, 2013 United States Barb Honchak 9-2-0 (1KO 2SUB) 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: CHAPTER 467 - UNARMED COMBAT". http://www.leg.state.nv.us. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  2. ^ "UNIFIED RULES OF MMA". ABCBoxing.com. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  3. ^ a b Nelson, Chris (2011-06-27). "Pancrase Shifts Weight Classes, Announces 120-Pound Title Tourney". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  4. ^ Winston, Dallas (2012-03-01). "UFC On FX 2: Joseph Benavidez Vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani Dissection". BloodyElbow.com. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  5. ^ Nelson, Chris (2010-07-19). ""The Way of Shooto 4" Quick Results". BloodyElbow.com. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  6. ^ "WEC's long-awaited 125-pound weight class likely to come in early 2010". 2009-08-07. 
  7. ^ "Dana White announces merger between UFC and WEC". LasVegasSun.com. 2010-10-28. 
  8. ^ "UFC adds flyweights: Johnson vs. McCall, Benavidez vs. Urushitani at UFC on FX 2". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-12-11. 
  9. ^ MMAjunkie UFC Champ Demetrious Johnson critical of striking. retrieved 25 September 2012