Lightweight (MMA)

Lightweight (MMA)

The lightweight division in mixed martial arts can refer to a number of different weight classes:

* The UFC lightweight division, which limits competitors to 155 lb (70 kg)
* The PRIDE FC lightweight division, which limited competitors to 160 lb (73 kg)
* The Shooto lightweight division, which limits competitors to 143 lb (65 kg)
* The Pancrase lightweight division, which limits competitors to 152 lb (69 kg)

Ambiguity and clarification

For the sake of uniformity, most American mixed martial arts media outlets consider Lightweight competitors to be between 152 and 160 lb (69 and 73 kg). This encompasses the Pancrase lightweight division (152 lb / 69 kg); the Shooto Welterweight division (154 lb / 70 kg), and the K-1 HERO'S middleweight division of the same weight limit; the UFC Lightweight division (155 lb); and the PRIDE Lightweight division (160 lb / 73 kg). The lightweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, is 155 lb. [cite web |url=|title= Nevada Revised Statutes: CHAPTER 467 - UNARMED COMBAT|accessdate=2007-02-20 |format= |work=]

The UFC's lightweight division was reinstated at "UFC 58" after falling into disuse following "UFC 49". Sean Sherk, a former welterweight contender, defeated Kenny Florian at "UFC 64", becoming the first UFC lightweight champion since 2002.

Notable lightweights in MMA

The listed competitors below are subjected to weight limits between 154 and 160 lb (70 and 73 kg):
*flagicon|BRA Gesias "JZ" Calvancante, K-1 HERO's 2006 middleweight Grand Prix champion, K-1 HERO's 2007 middleweight Grand Prix champion, Former Shooto Welterweight Americas Champion
*flagicon|USA BJ Penn, UFC lightweight champion, former welterweight champion
*flagicon|JPN Takanori Gomi, PRIDE lightweight champion, PRIDE 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix champion
*flagicon|JPN Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto, K-1 HERO's 2005 mightweight Grand Prix champion
*flagicon|USA Sean Sherk, former UFC lightweight champion
*flagicon|BRA Vitor Ribeiro, Cage Rage World lightweight champion, former Shooto 154-pound champion
*flagicon|JPN Tatsuya Kawajiri, former Shooto 154-pound champion
*flagicon|USA Jens Pulver, first UFC lightweight champion.
*flagicon|USA Joe Stevenson, winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 2" KOTC welterweight and lightweight Champion, ROF welterweight champ, RITC welterweight champ
*flagicon|JPN Hayato Sakurai, PRIDE lightweight contender, Former Shooto Middleweight Champion
*flagicon|USA Yves Edwards, UFC and PRIDE veteran
*flagicon|NOR Joachim Hansen, PRIDE veteran, former Shooto 154-pound champion, Dream Lightweight Champion
*flagicon|BRA Hermes Franca, UFC lightweight contender
*flagicon|JPN Caol Uno, HERO'S and UFC veteran, Former Shooto Welterweight Champion
*flagicon|USA Rob McCullough, former WEC lightweight champion
*flagicon|USA Gilbert Melendez, Strikeforce World lightweight champion, former WEC lightweight champion, PRIDE veteran
*flagicon|USA Nate Diaz, winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 5"
*flagicon|USA Kenny Florian, TUF Season 1, Pan-American BJJ medalist, NAGA BJJ Superfight Champion
*flagicon|USA Roger Huerta UFC Lightweight Contender, former IFC welterweight and lightweight champion
*flagicon|USA Mac Danzig, winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 6"
*flagicon|JPN Shinya Aoki, DREAM MMA 2008 Lightweight Tournament Finalist
*flagicon|JPN Takashi Nakakura Shooto 154 lb Champion


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