Strawweight (MMA)

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The strawweight division in mixed martial arts is for competitors weighing between 106 and 115 lb (48 to 52 kg). It sits between the lighter atomweight division and the heavier flyweight division.

  • The UFC's strawweight division, which groups competitors within 106 to 115 lb (48 to 52 kg)
  • The ONE Championship's strawweight division, with upper limit at 57 kg (125.7 lb)
  • The Road FC's strawweight division, with upper limit at 115 lb (52 kg)

Ambiguity and clarification[edit]

Until recently, the strawweight division in mixed martial arts was not defined by the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, which since the inception of the Unified Rules had grouped all competitors below 125 lb (57 kg) together as flyweights.[1] Support for the class has grown steadily since about 2013:

  • Invicta Fighting Championships, an all women's MMA organization, held their first strawweight title fight on January 5, 2013, and now regularly holds contests at this weight and circulates a championship title.
  • Super Fight League, an Indian MMA promotion, have been holding female strawweight fights at 105-115 pounds / 52.2 kilograms since SFL 17 in May 2013.[2]
  • In Japan, Shooto regularly holds contests at that weight class and circulates a championship belt for the division.[3]
  • UFC has added a women's strawweight division that is set at 115 lbs.[4]
  • Carla Esparza became the inaugural UFC Women's Strawweight Champion at The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale on December 12, 2014.
  • The Association of Boxing Commissions officially added the 115 lb strawweight division on July 29, 2015.[5][6]

Professional champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

These tables were last updated in April 2019

Men:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
ONE Championship April 12, 2019 Philippines Joshua Pacio 17-3 (4KO 6SUB) 0
Pancrase November 1, 2015 JapanMitsuhisa Sunabe 29-8-4 (9KO 6SUB) 2

Women:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC August 31, 2019 China Zhang Weili 20-1 (10KO 7SUB) 0
Invicta FC May 3, 2019 United States Brianna Van Buren 8-2 (2KO 3SUB) 0
ONE Championship January 20th, 2018 China Jing Nan Xiong 14-1 (8KO 1SUB) 3
Deep Jewels Vacant

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: Chapter 467 - Unarmed Combat". leg.state.nv.us. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
  2. ^ "SFL Weight Groups". Super Fight League Official Website Weight Groups. June 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "2009年7月度". Archived from the original on 2007-07-14. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
  4. ^ "Dana White Announces Addition of New Women's UFC 115-Pound Division".
  5. ^ Jenness, Kirik. "ABC convention ends with MMA day". Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  6. ^ "Association of Boxing Commissions 2015 Annual Conference Agenda" (PDF). Retrieved December 18, 2015.