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. ONE Championship's heavyweight division is at 226-265 lb. Pancrase's overweight 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 was last updated in June 23, 2022.

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC March 28, 2021 Cameroon Francis Ngannou 17–3 (12KO 4SUB) 1
ONE Championship May 15, 2021 Canada Arjan Bhullar 11–1 (4KO 0SUB) 0
February 11, 2022 Russia Anatoliy Malykhin (interim) 11–0 (8KO 3SUB) -
Bellator MMA August 21, 2020 United States Ryan Bader 30-7 (12KO 3SUB) 2
ACA March 27, 2022 Russia Salimgerey Rasulov 23–7 (15KO 0SUB) 0

Most wins in heavyweight title bouts[edit]

Note: the list includes wins in bouts for heavyweight titles of major promotions (UFC, ONE, 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
United States Stipe Miocic UFC
2. United States Tim Sylvia UFC 5
3. United States Cain Velasquez UFC 4
Russia Fedor Emelianenko Pride
4. Brazil Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira UFC, Pride 3
Belarus Andrei Arlovski UFC
United States Brandon Vera ONE
United States Brock Lesnar UFC
United States Daniel Cormier UFC, Strikeforce
5. Netherlands Alistair Overeem Strikeforce 2
United States Ryan Bader Bellator MMA
Russia Vitaly Minakov Bellator MMA
United States Frank Mir UFC
Brazil Fabricio Werdum UFC
United States Kevin Randleman UFC
United States Maurice Smith UFC
Cameroon Francis Ngannou 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
3. United States Randy Couture UFC 2
United States Tim Sylvia UFC
United States Brandon Vera* ONE
United States Brock Lesnar UFC
United States Cain Velasquez UFC
7. Netherlands Alistair Overeem Strikeforce 1
United States Ryan Bader Bellator MMA
Russia Vitaly Minakov Bellator MMA
United States Daniel Cormier UFC
United States Frank Mir UFC
Brazil Fabricio Werdum UFC
United States Kevin Randleman UFC
United States Maurice Smith UFC
Cameroon Francis Ngannou UFC
United States Ron Waterman WEC
United States James Irvin WEC
United States Brian Olsen WEC
  • First title reign.

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.