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 December 7, 2018.

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC July 30, 2016 United States Tyron Woodley 19-3-1 (6KO 6SUB) 3 (+ 1a)
Bellator MMA January 20, 2018 Canada Rory MacDonald 20-5 (7KO 7SUB) 0
ONE Championship November 17, 2018 Sweden Zebaztian Kadestam 11-4 (9KO 1SUB) 0
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts March 9,2018 England Terry Brazier 10-1 (4KO 2SUB) 0
Fight Nights Global May 19, 2017 Kazakhstan Georgy Kichigin 18-5 (1KO 15SUB) 1
KSW April 14, 2018 Croatia Roberto Soldić 0
Titan FC June 29, 2018 Slovenia Uroš Jurišic 9-0 (4KO 4SUB) 0
ACA September 8, 2018 Russia Albert Tumenov 12-0 (2KO 8SUB) 0
Legacy Fighting Alliance September 22, 2017 United States James Nakashima 8-0 0
Cage Warriors Oct 20, 2018 Scotland Ross Houston 8 - 0 0
  • Fight was recorded as a "Majority Decision Draw"

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 George St. Pierre UFC 12
2. United States Matt Hughes UFC 9
3. United States Pat Miletich UFC 5
United States Nick Diaz WEC, Strikeforce 5 (1 WEC, 4 Strikeforce)
United States Ben Askren Bellator 5
United States Carlos Condit WEC, UFC 5 (4 WEC, 1 UFC)
4. Brazil Douglas Lima Bellator 3
United States Robbie Lawler UFC
United States Tyron Woodley UFC 3 (+1a)

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. Retrieved 2012-07-15.