Heavyweight (MMA)

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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).[1]

The heavyweight upper weight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[2] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[3] is 265 lb (120 kg).

Professional Champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

This table is not always up to date. Last updated on November 8, 2014.

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC December 29, 2012 United States Cain Velasquez 13-1 (11KO) 2
Bellator MMA November 15, 2013 Russia Vitaly Minakov 14-0 (8KO 4SUB) 1
WSOF October 11, 2014 Canada Smealinho Rama 9-1 (5KO 3SUB) 0

Longest reigning heavyweight champions[edit]

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. Russia Fedor Emelianenko 1658 days PRIDE FC 3
2. United States Cain Velasquez 800 days UFC 2
3. United States Brock Lesnar 707 days UFC 2
4. United States Randy Couture 623 days UFC 1
5. Brazil Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira 498 days PRIDE FC 0
6. United States Frank Mir 419 days UFC 0
7. Brazil Junior dos Santos 413 days UFC 1
8. United States Kevin Randleman 364 days UFC 1
9. United States Tim Sylvia 322 days UFC 2
10. Belarus Andrei Arlovski 246 days UFC 1
11. United States Mark Coleman 170 days UFC 0
12. United States Ricco Rodriguez 154 days UFC 0
13. United States Maurice Smith 147 days UFC 1
14. United States Josh Barnett 126 days UFC 0

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