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 lb (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 (77kg).

Professional Champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

This table is not always up to date. Last updated November 28, 2021.

Organization Reign began Champion Record Defenses
UFC March 3, 2019 Nigeria Kamaru Usman 20–1 (8KO 2SUB) 5
Bellator MMA June 11, 2021 Ukraine Yaroslav Amosov 26–0 (9KO 10SUB) 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 20–3 (17KO 1SUB) 2
Titan FC March 15, 2019 United States Michael Graves 9–1 (4KO 2SUB) 1
ACA February 26, 2021 Russia Abubakar Vagaev 20–3 (4KO 1SUB) 0
Legacy Fighting Alliance TBA vacant TBA 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)
Nigeria Kamaru Usman UFC 5
4. United States Tyron Woodley UFC 4(+1a)
5. Brazil Douglas Lima Bellator 3
United States Robbie Lawler UFC

See also[edit]


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


  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.