Welterweight (MMA)

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

  • The UFC's welterweight division, which groups competitors within 156 to 170 lb (71 to 77 kg)[1]
  • Shooto's welterweight class, which refers to competitors between 145 and 155 lb (65.8 and 70.3 kg)
  • ONE Championship's welterweight limits between 171 and 185 lb (77.2 to 83.9 kg)

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. 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[2] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[3] is 170 lb (77 kg).

Professional Champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

This table is not always up to date. Last updated on July 30, 2016

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC July 30, 2016 United States Tyron Woodley 16-3 (6KO 5SUB) 0
Bellator MMA July 17, 2015 Russia Andrey Koreshkov 19-1 (10KO 3SUB) 1
WSOF April 2, 2016 United States Jon Fitch 28-7-1 (5KO 5SUB) 0
ONE Championship August 29, 2014 United States Ben Askren 15-0 (4KO 4SUB) 1

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