Featherweight (MMA)

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

  • The UFC's featherweight division, which limits competitors to 145 lb (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 (60 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 were last updated in August 2020.

Men:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC December 14, 2019 Australia Alexander Volkanovski 22–1 (11KO 3SUB) 1
Bellator MMA April 21, 2017 Brazil Patrício Freire 32-4 (11KO 12SUB) 3
ONE Championship October 30 2020 United States Thanh Le 12–2 (11KO 1SUB) 0
ACA October 4, 2019 Brazil Felipe Froes 18–4 (7KO 2SUB) 0
Cage Warriors December 12, 2020 France Morgan Charrière 16-7-1 (8KO 4SUB) 0
M-1 Global Vacant
Fight Nights Global March 1, 2020 Russia Mukhamed Eminov 16-1 (0KO 11SUB) 2
Brave Combat Federation September 21, 2018 United States Bubba Jenkins 14–4 (6KO 3SUB) 1
Titan FC April 6, 2018 United States Jason Soares 14–0 (3KO 9SUB) 3
Legacy Fighting Alliance July 10, 2020 United States Justin Gonzales 11–0 (4KO 1SUB) 0
Road FC November 3, 2018 South Korea Jeong Yeong Lee 9–1 (3KO 3SUB) 1
KSW January 30, 2021 Brazil Daniel Torres 12–4–1 (3KO 1SUB) 0

Women:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC December 29, 2018 Brazil Amanda Nunes 21–4 (13KO 3SUB) 2
Bellator MMA January 25, 2020 Brazil Cris Cyborg 22–2 (1) (18KO 1NC) 0
Invicta FC August 9, 2019 United States Pam Sorenson 8–3 (1SUB) 0

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 José Aldo WEC, UFC 11 (3 WEC, 8 UFC)
2. Brazil Patricio Freire Bellator 7
3. United States Urijah Faber WEC 6
4. United States Max Holloway UFC 5
5. United States Pat Curran Bellator 4
6. United States Mike Brown WEC 3
7. United States Cole Escovedo WEC 2
United States Daniel Straus Bellator
Republic of Ireland Conor McGregor UFC
Australia Alexander Volkanovski UFC
8. 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
Canada Felicia Spencer Invicta
Brazil Amanda Nunes UFC

Amanda Nunes

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.