Flyweight (MMA)

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The flyweight division in mixed martial arts – as defined by 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. It sits between Strawweight (106 lbs-115 lbs) and Bantamweight (126 lbs-135lbs).

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

  • The UFC's flyweight division, which groups competitors within 116 to 125 lb (53 to 57 kg)
  • The Pancrase light flyweight division with an upper limit of 120 lb
  • The Shooto flyweight division with an upper limit of 115 lb[3]
  • The ONE Championship's flyweight division, with upper limit at 61 kg (134.5 lb)
  • The Road FC's flyweight division, with upper limit at 125 lb (57 kg)


On February 3, 2009, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) announced they would be adding a flyweight division set at 125 lb,[4] 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.[5] The UFC flyweight division was officially announced in 2011;[6] 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.[7]

Professional Champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

These tables are not always up to date. Last updated on February 16, 2019.


Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC August 4, 2018 United States Henry Cejudo 14-2 (6KO) 1
ONE Championship January 25, 2019 Brazil Adriano Moraes 13-3 (3KO 9SUB) 0
Fight Nights Global August 31, 2018 Kazakhstan Zhalgas Zhumagulov 12-3-0 (7TKO 2SUB) 0
Legacy Fighting Alliance April 20, 2018 Cuba Maikel Pérez 6-1 (1KO 3SUB) 0


Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC December 8, 2018 Kyrgyzstan Valentina Shevchenko 16-3 (4KO 7SUB) 0
Bellator MMA November 3, 2017 United States Ilima-Lei Macfarlane 9-0 (1KO 6SUB) 2
Invicta FC Vacant
KSW May 27, 2017 Brazil Ariane Lipski 11-3 (6KO 2SUB) 2
Legacy Fighting Alliance May 27, 2017 Colombia Sabina Mazo 5-0 (2KO) 0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: Chapter 467 - Unarmed Combat". Retrieved 2007-02-20.
  2. ^ "Unified Rules of MMA". Archived from the original on 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  3. ^ Nelson, Chris (2010-07-19). "'The Way of Shooto 4' Quick Results". Retrieved 2012-03-19.
  4. ^ "WEC's long-awaited 125-pound weight class likely to come in early 2010". 2009-08-07.
  5. ^ "Dana White announces merger between UFC and WEC". Las Vegas Sun. 2010-10-28.
  6. ^ "UFC adds flyweights: Johnson vs. McCall, Benavidez vs. Urushitani at UFC on FX 2". 2011-12-11. Archived from the original on 2012-01-07.
  7. ^ MMAjunkie UFC Champ Demetrious Johnson critical of striking. retrieved 25 September 2012