The heavyweight division in mixed martial arts generally groups fighters between 205 and 265 lb (93 and 120 kg).
Although many ambiguities exist within the lower weight classes regarding division naming and weight limits, the Heavyweight division is, for the most part, uniform. The UFC and most other North American MMA organizations such as StrikeForce (defunct), KOTC, MFC; also abide by this interpretation to their 206–265 lb athletes as Heavyweights. Some international organizations such as Dream (defunct) and the PRIDE FC (defunct) start at 206 lb but do not have upper weight limits. Pancrase's heavyweight division was 199–221 lb (90–100 kg) before being revised to its current 206–265 lb (93–120 kg). SRC's (defunct) heavyweight division was previously 206 and above but has since been revised to 206–265 lb (93–120 kg).
This table is not always up to date. Last updated on November 8, 2014.
|UFC||December 29, 2012||Cain Velasquez||13-1 (11KO)||2|
|Bellator MMA||November 15, 2013||Vitaly Minakov||14-0 (8KO 4SUB)||1|
|WSOF||October 11, 2014||Smealinho Rama||9-1 (5KO 3SUB)||0|
Longest reigning heavyweight champions
Below is a list of the longest reigning heavyweight champions in MMA measured by the individuals longest reign. Career total time as champion (for multiple time champions) does not apply.
|Name||Title Reign||Title Recognition||Successful Defences|
|1.||Fedor Emelianenko||1658 days||PRIDE FC||3|
|2.||Cain Velasquez||800 days||UFC||2|
|3.||Brock Lesnar||707 days||UFC||2|
|4.||Randy Couture||623 days||UFC||1|
|5.||Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira||498 days||PRIDE FC||0|
|6.||Frank Mir||419 days||UFC||0|
|7.||Junior dos Santos||413 days||UFC||1|
|8.||Kevin Randleman||364 days||UFC||1|
|9.||Tim Sylvia||322 days||UFC||2|
|10.||Andrei Arlovski||246 days||UFC||1|
|11.||Mark Coleman||170 days||UFC||0|
|12.||Ricco Rodriguez||154 days||UFC||0|
|13.||Maurice Smith||147 days||UFC||1|
|14.||Josh Barnett||126 days||UFC||0|
- List of current MMA Heavyweight champions
- List of UFC Heavyweight Champions
- List of Strikeforce Heavyweight Champions
- List of Pancrase Heavyweight Champions
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