Heavyweight (MMA)

Heavyweight (MMA)

The heavyweight division in mixed martial arts generally groups fighters between minimum of 206 and maximum 265 lb (93 and 120 kg).

Although many ambiguities exist within the lower weight classes regarding division naming and weight limits, the Heavyweight division is, for the most part, uniform. Both the UFC and PRIDE refer to their 206-265 lb athletes as Heavyweights. Several smaller organizations—such as KOTC, TKO, and the IFL—also abide by this interpretation.

Even though the division is vast in weight admission—competitors can enjoy nearly sixty pounds of leniency—many of the smaller Heavyweights will stay at Heavyweight to avoid strenuous weight cutting. Such Heavyweights include Brandon Vera, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović and Bas Rutten.

Notable heavyweights in MMA

*flagicon|RUS Fedor Emelianenko, PRIDE Heavyweight champion, PRIDE 2004 Grand Prix champion, WAMMA Heavyweight Champion
*flagicon|USA Randy Couture, Former 2-time UFC light heavyweight Champion, Current 3-time UFC heavyweight Champion, UFC Hall of famer
*flagicon|BRA Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira, current interim UFC heavyweight champion, former PRIDE Heavyweight champion
*flagicon|USA Ricco Rodriguez, former UFC Heavyweight champion, former King Of The Cage heavyweight champion
*flagicon|USA Frank Mir, former UFC Heavyweight champion
*flagicon|Belarus Andrei Arlovski, Former UFC Heavyweight champion
*flagicon|USA Maurice Smith, Kickboxing and K-1 veteran, former UFC heavyweight champion.
*flagicon|CRO Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović, PRIDE 2006 Open-Weight Grand Prix champion
*flagicon|USA Kevin Randleman, former UFC Heavyweight champion
*flagicon|USA Josh Barnett, former UFC Heavyweight champion, Openweight King Of Pancrase, PRIDE 2006 Open-Weight Grand Prix finalist
*flagicon|USA Mark Coleman, PRIDE 2000 Grand Prix champion, former UFC Heavyweight champion
*flagicon|Netherlands Bas Rutten, three-time King of Pancrase, former UFC champion, and IFL coach, currently trains Kimbo Slice
*flagicon|USA Dan Severn, former UFC champion
*flagicon|USA Jeff Monson, UFC and PRIDE veteran
*flagicon|USA Mark Kerr, UFC 14 and UFC 15 Heavyweight tournament winner
*flagicon|BRA Assuerio Silva, former Heavyweight King of Pancrase
*flagicon|RUS Aleksander Emelianenko, PRIDE veteran
*flagicon|USA Don Frye Multiple UFC Champion
*flagicon|USA Brock Lesnar, UFC Heavyweight contender, former WWE Champion
*flagicon|USA Tim Sylvia, former 2 time UFC Heavyweight Champion
*flagicon|USA Heath Herring, UFC and PRIDE veteran
*flagicon|NZL Mark Hunt, K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Champion
*flagicon|BRA Gabriel Gonzaga, Former UFC Heavyweight title challenger, world Jiu-Jitsu champion
*flagicon|BRA Fabricio Werdum, World Jiu-Jitsu champion, UFC and PRIDE veteran

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