Middleweight (MMA)

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

  • UFC's middleweight division, which groups competitors within 172 to 186 lb (77.5 to 84 kg)
  • Pancrase's middleweight division, which formerly limited competitors to 181 lb (82 kg) now revised to 185 lb (84 kg)
  • Shooto's middleweight class, which refers to competitors between 155 and 167 lb (70 and 76 kg)
  • Pride FC's (defunct) middleweight division, which limited competitors to 205 lb (93 kg)
  • SRC's (defunct) middleweight division, which formerly limited competitors to 183 lb (83 kg) revised to 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 the former PRIDE Welterweight division (183 lb / 83 kg) and Shooto's light heavyweight division of the same weight limit.

The Middleweight division in the UFC used to be between 186 and 205 lb (84 and 93 kg) now known as their Light Heavyweight division.

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]

This table is not always up to date. Last updated on December 13, 2015

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC December 12, 2015 United States Luke Rockhold 15-2 (4KO 9SUB) 0
Bellator MMA October 23, 2015 Brazil Rafael Carvalho 12-1 (10KO) 0
WSOF June 21, 2014 United States David Branch 17-3 (5KO 6SUB) 1
ONE Championship November 7, 2014 Russia Vitaly Bigdash 8-0 (4KO 4SUB) 0

See also[edit]

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: Chapter 467 - Unarmed Combat". http://www.leg.state.nv.us. Retrieved 2007-02-20.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ "Unified Rules of MMA". Association of Boxing Commissions. Retrieved 2012-07-15.