Middleweight (MMA)

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The middleweight division in mixed martial arts refers to different weight classes:

  • The UFC's middleweight division, which groups competitors within 171 to 185 lb (77.5 to 84 kg)
  • The Shooto's middleweight class, which refers to competitors between 155 and 170 lb (70.3 and 77.1 kg)
  • The ONE Championship's middleweight division follows the Pride FC model, with an upper limit of 93 kg (205 lb)
  • The Road FC's middleweight division, with an upper limit of 185 lb (84 kg)

Ambiguity and clarification[edit]

For the sake of uniformity, many mixed martial arts websites refer to competitors between 171 and 185 lb (77.5 and 84 kg) as middleweights. This encompasses Shooto's light heavyweight division of the same weight limit.

The middleweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[1] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[2] is 185 lb (84 kg).

Professional champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

Table accurate as of October 2020.

  Active title reign
Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC October 5, 2019 New Zealand Israel Adesanya 20–1 (15KO 0SUB) 2
Bellator MMA October 29, 2020 Netherlands Gegard Mousasi 47–7 (26 KO 12SUB) 0
ONE Championship October 30, 2020 Netherlands Reinier de Ridder 14–0 (3KO 9SUB) 0
Fight Nights Global September 9, 2020 Russia Vladimir Mineev 14-1-1 (9KO 3SUB) 0
KSW October 10, 2020 Poland Mamed Khalidov 35-7-2 (15KO 16SUB) 0
Cage Warriors November 22, 2019 England Nathias Frederick 9-2-1 (8KO 0SUB) 1
ACB December 23, 2017 Russia Albert Duraev 12–3 (3KO 7SUB) 1
Road FC July 28, 2018 South Korea In Jae La 6–0–1 (1KO 0SUB) 0
Legacy Fighting Alliance Vacant
URCC January 7, 2017 Philippines Chris Hofmann 8–1 (7KO) 1

See also[edit]

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: Chapter 467 - Unarmed Combat". leg.state.nv.us. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
  2. ^ "Unified Rules of MMA". Association of Boxing Commissions. Archived from the original on 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-15.