Lightweight (MMA)

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

  • The UFC lightweight division with an upper limit at 155 lb (70.3 kg)
  • The Shooto lightweight division, which limits competitors to 145 lb (65.8 kg)
  • ONE Championship's lightweight limits between 156 and 170 lb (70.4 to 77.1 kg)

Ambiguity and clarification[edit]

For the sake of uniformity, most American mixed martial arts media outlets consider Lightweight competitors to be between 146 and 155 lb (66 and 70 kg). This encompasses The Shooto Welterweight division (154 lb / 70 kg).

The UFC's lightweight division was reinstated at UFC 58 after falling into disuse following UFC 49. Sean Sherk, a former welterweight contender, defeated Kenny Florian at UFC 64, becoming the first UFC lightweight champion since 2002.

The lightweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[1] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[2] is 155 lb (70 kg).

Professional champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

This table is not always up to date. Last updated on July 7, 2016.

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC July 7, 2016 United States Eddie Alvarez 28-4 (15KO 7SUB) 0
Bellator MMA June 24, 2016 United States Michael Chandler 15-3 (7KO 6SUB) 0
WSOF January 18, 2014 United States Justin Gaethje 16-0 (13KO 1SUB) 4
ONE Championship April 5, 2013 Japan Shinya Aoki 39-6 (2KO 25SUB) 2

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