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)

Zuffa[edit]

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 were last updated in April 2019.

Men:

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 18-3 (3KO 9SUB) 0
Fight Nights Global April 6, 2019 Russia Ali Bagautinov 18-6 (5KO 5SUB) 0
Legacy Fighting Alliance June 7, 2019 Mexico Brandon Moreno 15-5 (2KO 10SUB) 0

Women:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC December 8, 2018 Kyrgyzstan Valentina Shevchenko 16-3 (4KO 7SUB) 1
Bellator MMA November 3, 2017 United States Ilima-Lei Macfarlane 10-0 (2KO 6SUB) 3
Invicta FC February 15, 2019 Brazil Vanessa Porto 21-8 (4KO 11SUB) 0
KSW Vacant
Legacy Fighting Alliance Vacant

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". ABCBoxing.com. 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". BloodyElbow.com. 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". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-12-11. Archived from the original on 2012-01-07.
  7. ^ MMAjunkie UFC Champ Demetrious Johnson critical of striking. retrieved 25 September 2012