Flyweight (MMA)

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The flyweight division in mixed martial arts – as defined the Nevada State Athletic Commission combat sports doctrine[1] and by the Association of Boxing Commissions[2] – groups together all competitors 125 lb (57 kg) and below.

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

  • The UFC's flyweight division with an upper limit of 125 lb
  • The Pancrase super flyweight division with an upper limit of 125 lb[3]
  • The Shooto bantamweight division with an upper limit of 123 lb[4]
  • The Pancrase flyweight division with an upper limit of 120 lb[3]
  • The Shooto flyweight division with an upper limit of 115 lb[5]


On February 3, 2009, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) announced they would be adding a flyweight division set at 125 lb,[6] however the division was never instituted. When the UFC and WEC merged, UFC president Dana White indicated that the Ultimate Fighting Championship would likely add a flyweight division in the future.[7] The UFC flyweight division was officially announced in 2011;[8] with the inaugural champion being decided by way of a four-man tournament that began with the semifinal round held at the UFC on FX 2 event in Sydney Australia on March 2, 2012. Joseph Benavidez won his semi-final at UFC on FX 2 while Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall fought to a draw. Johnson and McCall rematched at UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall on June 8, 2012 with Johnson advancing. Johnson won the first UFC flyweight championship with his win over Benavidez at UFC 152.[9]

Professional Champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

This table is not always up to date. Last updated on December 2, 2015.

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC September 22, 2012 United States Demetrious Johnson 23-2-1 (4KO 9SUB) 7
WSOF October 17, 2015 Russia Magomed Bibulatov 10-0-0 (1KO 4SUB) 0
ONE Championship November 21, 2015 Kazakhstan Kairat Akhmetov 23-0-0 (5KO 13SUB) 0


Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
Invicta FC April 5, 2013 United States Barb Honchak 10-2-0 (1KO 2SUB) 2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: Chapter 467 - Unarmed Combat". Retrieved 2007-02-20.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ "Unified Rules of MMA". Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  3. ^ a b Nelson, Chris (2011-06-27). "Pancrase Shifts Weight Classes, Announces 120-Pound Title Tourney". Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  4. ^ Winston, Dallas (2012-03-01). "UFC On FX 2: Joseph Benavidez Vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani Dissection". Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  5. ^ Nelson, Chris (2010-07-19). "'The Way of Shooto 4' Quick Results". Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  6. ^ "WEC's long-awaited 125-pound weight class likely to come in early 2010". 2009-08-07. 
  7. ^ "Dana White announces merger between UFC and WEC". Las Vegas Sun. 2010-10-28. 
  8. ^ "UFC adds flyweights: Johnson vs. McCall, Benavidez vs. Urushitani at UFC on FX 2". 2011-12-11. 
  9. ^ MMAjunkie UFC Champ Demetrious Johnson critical of striking. retrieved 25 September 2012