Heavyweight (MMA)

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The heavyweight division in mixed martial arts (MMA) generally groups fighters between 206–265 lb (93.4–120.2 kg).

Although many ambiguities exist within the lowerweight classes regarding division naming and weight limits, the Heavyweight division is, for the most part, uniform. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and most other North American MMA organizations such as Bellator MMA, WSOF, and King of the Cage (KOTC) abide by this interpretation to their 206–265 lb athletes as heavyweights. Pancrase's heavyweight division was 198.4–220.5 lb (90.0–100.0 kg) before being revised to its current 205–264.5 lb (93.0–120.0 kg).

The heavyweight upper weight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[1] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[2] is 265 lb (120 kg).

Professional champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

This table is not always up to date. Last updated on January 21, 2018.

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC May 14, 2016 United States Stipe Miocic 18-2 (13KO 1SUB) 3
PFL June 5, 2015 Bulgaria Blagoi Ivanov 16-1 (6KO 6SUB) 4
ONE Championship December 11, 2015 United States Brandon Vera 15-7 (10KO 1SUB) 1
KSW May 27, 2017 Poland Marcin Rozalski 7-4 (4KO 2SUB) 0
Road FC September 24, 2016 United States Mighty Mo 12-5 (9KO 3SUB) 2

Most wins in heavyweight title bouts[edit]

Note: the list includes wins in bouts for heavywight titles of major promotions (UFC, Pride, Strikeforce, WEC)
Note: the list includes both undisputed and interim champions
     Active title reign
Name Promotion Title bout wins
1. United States Randy Couture UFC 6
2. United States Tim Sylvia UFC 5
3. United States Cain Velasquez UFC 4
Russia Fedor Emelianenko Pride
United States Stipe Miocic UFC
6. Brazil Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira UFC, Pride 3
Belarus Andrei Arlovski UFC
United States Brock Lesnar UFC
9. Netherlands Alistair Overeem Strikeforce 2
United States Frank Mir UFC
Brazil Fabricio Werdum UFC
United States Kevin Randleman UFC
United States Maurice Smith UFC
United States Ron Waterman WEC
United States James Irvin WEC
United States Brian Olsen WEC

Most consecutive defenses of heavyweight title[edit]

Name Promotion Title defenses
1. Russia Fedor Emelianenko Pride 3
United States Stipe Miocic UFC
2. United States Randy Couture UFC 2
United States Tim Sylvia UFC
United States Brock Lesnar UFC
United States Cain Velasquez UFC
6. Netherlands Alistair Overeem Strikeforce 1
United States Frank Mir UFC
Brazil Fabricio Werdum UFC
United States Kevin Randleman UFC
United States Maurice Smith UFC
United States Ron Waterman WEC
United States James Irvin WEC
United States Brian Olsen WEC

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nevada State Athletic Commission. "Nevada Revised Statutes: Chapter 467 - Unarmed Combat". Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Unified Rules of MMA". Association of Boxing Commissions. Archived from the original on 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-15.