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 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 August 2019.

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC August 17, 2019 United States Stipe Miocic 19-3 (15KO) 0
Bellator MMA January 26, 2019 United States Ryan Bader 27-5 (12KO 3SUB) 0
Cage Warriors Vacant
Legacy Fighting Alliance Brett Martin 9-1 (2KO) 0
Fight Nights Global Vacant
ACA Vacant
ONE Championship December 11, 2015 Philippines Brandon Vera 16-8 (11KO 1SUB) 2
KSW April 14, 2018 England Phil De Fries 17-6 (2KO 12SUB) 3

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 Stipe Miocic UFC 5
2. United States Tim Sylvia UFC 5
4. United States Cain Velasquez UFC 4
Russia Fedor Emelianenko Pride
6. Brazil Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira UFC, Pride 3
Belarus Andrei Arlovski UFC
United States Brock Lesnar UFC
United States Daniel Cormier UFC
10. 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 Daniel Cormier UFC
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
  • 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.