Light heavyweight (MMA)

Light heavyweight (MMA)

The light heavyweight division in mixed martial arts generally refers to competitors weighing between 186 and 205 lb (84 and 93 kg). It sits between the lighter middleweight division, and the heavyweight division.

There are some alternate interpretations of the term. In PRIDE, the 205-pound division is known as "Middleweight"; there is no division named Light Heavyweight in PRIDE. This division also was formerly Middleweight in the UFC. In the K-1 HERO's light heavyweight tournament, competitors are set to a weight limit of 187 lb (85 kg). [http://www.sherdog.com/news/news.asp?n_id=5205]

Notable light heavyweights in MMA

The listed fighters below fight between 186 and 205 lb (84 and 93 kg):
*flagicon|USA Forrest Griffin, Current UFC Light Heavyweight champion, winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 1"
*flagicon|USA Chuck Liddell, former 4-time defending UFC champion
*flagicon|USA Quinton Jackson, former 1-time defending UFC Light Heavyweight Champion also won the PRIDE title which was unified into the UFC title.
*flagicon|BRA Wanderlei Silva, former 3-time defending PRIDE Middleweight Champion, PRIDE 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix champion
*flagicon|BRA Lyoto Machida, UFC contender
*flagicon|USA Dan Henderson, last PRIDE Middleweight (205-pound) champion
*flagicon|BRA Mauricio Rua, PRIDE 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix champion
*flagicon|USA Kevin Randleman, former UFC Heavyweight Champion
*flagicon|USA Rashad Evans, winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 2"
*flagicon|BRA Vitor Belfort, former UFC champion, PRIDE veteran
*flagicon|USA Tito Ortiz, former 5-time defending UFC champion
*flagicon|USA Randy Couture, Former 2-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Current 3-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, UFC Hall of famer
*flagicon|USA Keith Jardine, UFC contender
*flagicon|USA Stephan Bonnar, UFC contender
*flagicon|BRA Ricardo Arona, RINGS and PRIDE veteran
*flagicon|USA James Irvin, UFC contender, former WEC champion
*flagicon|BRA Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, PRIDE veteran
*flagicon|BRA Renato Sobral, IFC tournament champion, UFC veteran
*flagicon|USA Matt Hamill, UFC contender
*flagicon|USA Jason Lambert, UFC contender, Gladiator Heavyweight champion, Gladiator Light-heavyweight champion, WEC light-heavyweight champion


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