Welterweight (MMA)

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The welterweight division in mixed martial arts contains different weight classes:

  • The UFC's welterweight division, which groups competitors within 156 to 170 lb (71 to 77 kg)
  • The ONE Championship's welterweight division, with upper limit at 84 kg (185.2 lb)

Ambiguity and clarification[edit]

Many other sports that use the welterweight class, such as boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai, define it as below about 147 lbs (67 kg). The MMA welterweight class is therefore significantly heavier than the welterweight class of these other sports. For the sake of uniformity, many American mixed martial arts websites refer to competitors between 156 and 170 lb (71 and 77 kg) as welterweights. This encompasses the Shooto middleweight division (167 lb / 76 kg).

The welterweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[1] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[2] is 170 lb (77 kg).

Professional Champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

This table is not always up to date. Last updated August 24, 2020.

Organization Reign began Champion Record Defenses
UFC March 3, 2019 Nigeria Kamaru Usman 17–1 (6KO 2SUB) 3
Bellator MMA October 26, 2019 Brazil Douglas Lima 32–7 (14KO 12SUB) 0
ONE Championship October 25, 2019 Kyrgyzstan Kiamrian Abbasov 23–4 (8KO 4SUB) 1
Fight Nights Global April 6, 2019 Russia Dmitry Bikrev 12–3 (8KO 1SUB) 2
KSW October 6, 2018 Croatia Roberto Soldić 18–3 (15KO 1SUB) 1
Titan FC March 15, 2019 United States Michael Graves 9–1 (4KO 2SUB) 1
ACA September 5, 2020 Russia Murad Abdulaev 19–4 (10KO 1SUB) 0
Legacy Fighting Alliance August 21, 2020 United States Jaleel Willis 13–2 (5KO) 0
Cage Warriors TBA vacant TBA 0

Most wins in Welterweight title bouts[edit]

Note: the list includes wins in bouts for welterweight titles of major promotions (UFC, Strikeforce, WEC, Bellator)
Note: the list includes both undisputed and interim champions
  Active title reign
Name Promotion Title bout wins
1. Canada Georges St-Pierre UFC 12
2. United States Matt Hughes UFC 9
3. United States Pat Miletich UFC 5
United States Ben Askren Bellator 5
United States Nick Diaz WEC, Strikeforce 5 (1 WEC, 4 Strikeforce)
United States Carlos Condit WEC, UFC 5 (4 WEC, 1 UFC)
4. United States Tyron Woodley UFC 4(+1a)
5. Brazil Douglas Lima Bellator 3
Nigeria Kamaru Usman UFC
United States Robbie Lawler UFC

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

a.^ Fight was recorded as a "Majority Decision Draw". Woodley retained his title.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: Chapter 467 - Unarmed Combat". www.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.