Featherweight (MMA)

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The featherweight division in mixed martial arts refers to different weight classes:

  • The UFC's featherweight division, which groups competitors within 136 to 145 lb (61 to 66 kg)
  • The Shooto's featherweight division, which limits competitors to 135 lb (61.2 kg)
  • The ONE Championship's featherweight division, with upper limit at 70 kg (154.3 lb)
  • The Road FC's featherweight division, with upper limit at 144.4 lb (65.5 kg)

Ambiguity and clarification[edit]

For the sake of uniformity, most American mixed martial arts media outlets consider Featherweight competitors to be between 136 and 145 lb (61 and 66 kg). King of the Cage (KOTC) refers to its 145 lb (66 kg) division as bantamweight whereas Shooto refers to its 143 lb (65 kg) division as lightweight. The UFC uses the Nevada definition of "featherweight".

The featherweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[1] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[2] is 145 lb (66 kg).

Professional champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

These tables are not always up to date. Last updated on December 8, 2018.

Men:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC June 3, 2017 United States Max Holloway 20–3 (10KO 2SUB) 2
Bellator MMA April 21, 2017 Brazil Patrício Freire 28-4 (9KO 11SUB) 2
ONE Championship August 18, 2016 Australia Martin Nguyen 11-3 (7KO 3SUB) 1
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts September 15,2017 England Daniel Crawford 10-2 (6KO 1SUB) 0
ACB May 5, 2018 Russia Yusuf Raisov 13-1 (1KO 8SUB) 0
Fight Nights Global March 31, 2017 Russia Alexander Matmuratov 9-3 (3KO 1SUB) 1
Cage Warriors Vacant
Titan FC April 6, 2018 United States Jason Soares 11-0 (1KO 8SUB) 0
Legacy Fighting Alliance July 1, 2016 United States Kevin Aguilar 15-1 (9 KO 2SUB) 3
Road FC February 9, 2014 South Korea Mu Gyeom Choi 8-4 (2KO) 3


Women:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC July 29, 2017 Brazil Cris Cyborg 20-1 (17 KO) 2
Bellator MMA March 3, 2017 Canada Julia Budd 12-2 (5KO 1SUB) 2
Invicta FC Vacant

Most wins in featherweight title bouts[edit]

Note: the list includes wins in bouts for featherweight titles of major promotions (UFC, WEC, Bellator for men; UFC, Strikeforce, Invicta for women)
Note: the list includes both undisputed and interim champions
     Active title reign

Men:

Name Promotion Title bout wins
1. Brazil Jose "13 seconds" Aldo WEC, UFC 11 (3 WEC, 8 UFC)
2. United States Urijah Faber WEC 6
3. Brazil Patricio Freire Bellator 5
4. United States Pat Curran Bellator 4
5. United States Mike Brown WEC 3
United States Max Holloway UFC
6. United States Cole Escovedo WEC 2
United States Daniel Straus Bellator
Republic of Ireland Conor McGregor UFC
7. United States Joe Soto Bellator 1
United States Joe Warren Bellator


Women:

Name Promotion Title bout wins
1. Brazil Cristiane Justino Strikeforce, Invicta, UFC 10 (3 Strikeforce, 4 Invicta, 3 UFC)
2. Canada Julia Budd Bellator 3
3. Australia Megan Anderson Invicta 1
Netherlands Germaine de Randamie UFC

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: Chapter 467 – Unarmed Combat". leg.state.nv.us. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
  2. ^ "Unified Rules of MMA". Association of Boxing Commissions. Archived from the original on 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-15.