Featherweight (MMA)

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

  • UFC's and Pancrase's featherweight division with an upper limit of 145 lb (66 kg)
  • Shooto's featherweight division, which limits competitors to 132 lb (60 kg)
  • SRC's (defunct) featherweight division, which formerly limited competitors to 143 lb (65 kg), revised to 145 lb (66 kg)
  • Dream's (defunct) featherweight division, which formerly limited competitors to 139 lb (63 kg), revised to 143.3 lb (65 kg)[1]

Ambiguity and clarification[edit]

For the sake of uniformity, most American mixed martial arts media outlets consider Featherweight competitors to be between 136 to 145 lb (61 and 66 kg). This encompasses the Pancrase Featherweight division 141 lb (64 kg) now revised to 145 lb (66 kg); US-based King of the Cage (KOTC), where it is known as the bantamweight division 145 lb (66 kg); Shooto, where it is known as the lightweight division 143 lb (65 kg); the Strikeforce (defunct) women's "middleweight" division 145 lb (66 kg); the Sengoku (SRC) Featherweight division which formerly limited competitors to 143 lb (65 kg); revised to 145 lb (66 kg); the Dream Featherweight division which formerly limited competitors to 139 lb (63 kg), revised to 143.3 lb (65 kg);[1] and the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) Featherweight division which uses the Nevada definition of "featherweight".

The featherweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[2] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[3] is 145 lb (66 kg).

Professional champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

This table is not always up to date. Last updated on Jan. 17, 2016.

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC December 12, 2015 Republic of Ireland Conor McGregor 19–2 (17KO 1SUB) 0
Bellator MMA September 5, 2014 United States Daniel Straus 24–2 (10KO 8SUB) 2
WSOF December 18, 2015 Brazil Alexandre de Almeida 18–5 (2KO 13SUB) 0
ONE Championship November 21, 2015 Russia Marat Gafurov 13–0 (1KO 9SUB) 0

Women:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
Invicta FC July 13, 2013 Brazil Cristiane Justino 15–1 (13KO) 3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Loiseleur, Tony (2011-04-20). "'Dream: Fight For Japan' Bantamweight Tournament Bracket Set". Sherdog. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  2. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: Chapter 467 – Unarmed Combat". leg.state.nv.us. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  3. ^ "Unified Rules of MMA". Association of Boxing Commissions. Retrieved 2012-07-15.