Welterweight (MMA)

Welterweight (MMA)

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

* The UFC's welterweight division, which groups competitors within 156 to 170 lb (71 to 77 kg) [cite web |url= http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=LearnUFC.Rules|title= UFC RULES, AS APPROVED BY THE NEVADA STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION|accessdate=2007-02-20 |format= |work= UFC.com]
* PRIDE FC's welterweight division, which limits competitors to 183 lb (83 kg)
* DREAM's welterweight division, which limits competitors to 168 lb (76 kg)
* Shooto's welterweight class, which refers to competitors between 144 and 154 lb (66 and 70 kg)
* Pancrase's welterweight division, which limits competitors to 165 lb (75 kg)

Ambiguity and clarification

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 165 and 175 lb (75 and 79.5 kg) as welterweights. This encompasses the Pancrase welterweight division (165 lb / 75 kg); the Shooto middleweight division (167 lb / 76 kg); the UFC's welterweight division (170 lb / 77 kg); and Rumble on the Rock's welterweight [cite web |url= http://www.rumbleworld.tv/news/index.php?ArticleID=23|title= ROTR 8 World Championships Hosts 8-Man Welterweight Tournament ...|accessdate=2007-02-20 |format= |work= RumbleWorld.tv] division (175 lb / 79.5 kg).

Notable welterweights in MMA

The listed fighters below fight between 165 and 175 lb (75 and 79.5 kg):
*flagicon|CAN Georges St. Pierre, current UFC welterweight Champion
*flagicon|USA Carlos Condit, WEC welterweight champion
*flagicon|USA Nick Thompson, MFC welterweight champion
*flagicon|USA Jake Shields, EXC welterweight champion, Rumble on the Rock welterweight champion, Former Shooto Middleweight World Champion
*flagicon|USA Jon Fitch, UFC welterweight #1 contender
*flagicon|JPN Daizo Ishige, Pancrase welterweight champion
*flagicon|USA Matt Serra, former UFC welterweight champion, winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 4"
*flagicon|USA Matt Hughes, former UFC welterweight champion
*flagicon|JPN Shinya Aoki, Shooto 167-pound champion
*flagicon|JPN Akira Kikuchi, former Shooto 167-pound champion
*flagicon|USA Josh Koscheck, NCAA Division 1 wrestler placing 4th, 2nd, 1st, and 3rd respectively in the 174 lb division, UFC veteran
*flagicon|ARM Karo Parisyan, UFC welterweight contender
*flagicon|USA Diego Sanchez, winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 1"
*flagicon|CAN Carlos Newton, former UFC welterweight champion
*flagicon|USA Marcus Davis, former professional boxer, The Ultimate Fighter 2 contestant, UFC veteran
*flagicon|USA Pat Miletich, first UFC welterweight champion
*flagicon|Brazil Thiago Alves, UFC Welterweight Contender
*flagicon|USA Mike Swick, The Ultimate Fighter 1 Contestant, UFC Welterweight Contender
*flagicon|JPN Hayato Sakurai, Shooto Champion and PRIDE FC Grand Prix Finalist


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