Middleweight (MMA)

Middleweight (MMA)

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

  • UFC's & Strikeforce's middleweight division, which groups competitors within 171 to 185 lb (77.5 to 84 kg)
  • Dream's middleweight division, which limits competitors to 185 lb (84 kg)
  • SRC's middleweight division, which formerly limited competitors to 183 lb (83 kg) now revised to 185 lb (84 kg)
  • Pancrase's middleweight division, which formerly limited competitors to 181 lb (82 kg) now revised to 185 lb (84 kg)
  • Shooto's middleweight class, which refers to competitors between 155 and 167 lb (70 and 76 kg)
  • Pride FC's (defunct) middleweight division, which limited competitors to 205 lb (93 kg)

Contents

Ambiguity and clarification

For the sake of uniformity, many mixed martial arts websites refer to competitors between 171 and 185 lb (77.5 and 84 kg) as middleweights. This encompasses the former PRIDE Welterweight division (183 lb / 83 kg) and Shooto's light heavyweight division of the same weight limit.

The Middleweight division in the UFC used to be between 186 and 205 lb (84 and 93 kg) now known as their Light Heavyweight division.

The middleweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, is 185 lb (84 kg).[1]

Professional Champions

Current champions

This table is not always up to date. Last updated on August 28, 2011.

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC October 14, 2006 Brazil Anderson Silva 31-4 (18KO 6SUB) 9
Strikeforce September 10, 2011 United States Luke Rockhold 8-1 (1KO 6SUB) 0
Bellator FC June 19, 2009 Cuba Hector Lombard 30-2-1 (16KO 7SUB) 1

See also

Footnotes and references

  1. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: CHAPTER 467 - UNARMED COMBAT". http://www.leg.state.nv.us. http://www.leg.state.nv.us/NAC/NAC-467.html#NAC467Sec7956. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 

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