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Heavyweight (MMA)

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The heavyweight division in mixed martial arts (MMA) generally groups fighters between 206–265 lb (93.4–120.2 kg).

Although many ambiguities exist within the lowerweight classes regarding division naming and weight limits, the Heavyweight division is, for the most part, uniform. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and most other North American MMA organizations such as Bellator MMA, WSOF, and King of the Cage (KOTC) abide by this interpretation to their 206–265 lb athletes as heavyweights. ONE Championship's heavyweight division is at 226-265 lbs. Pancrase's overweight division was 198.4–220.5 lb (90.0–100.0 kg) before being revised to its current 205–264.5 lb (93.0–120.0 kg).

The heavyweight upper weight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[1] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[2] is 265 lb (120 kg).

Professional champions

Current champions

This table was last updated in March 2021.

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC March 28, 2021 Francis Ngannou 16–3 (12KO 4SUB) 0
ONE Championship December 11, 2015 Brandon Vera 16–8 (11KO 1SUB) 2
Bellator MMA August 21, 2020 Ryan Bader 28-6 (12KO 3SUB) 0
ACA November 26, 2020 Tony Johnson 14–5–1 (7KO 1SUB) 0

Heavyweight (MMA) Professional champions articles: 8

Most wins in heavyweight title bouts

Note: the list includes wins in bouts for heavyweight titles of major promotions (UFC, ONE, Pride, Strikeforce, WEC)
Note: the list includes both undisputed and interim champions
  Active title reign
Name Promotion Title bout wins
1. Randy Couture UFC 6
Stipe Miocic UFC
2. Tim Sylvia UFC 5
3. Cain Velasquez UFC 4
Fedor Emelianenko Pride
4. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira UFC, Pride 3
Andrei Arlovski UFC
Brandon Vera ONE
Brock Lesnar UFC
Daniel Cormier UFC, Strikeforce
5. Alistair Overeem Strikeforce 2
Frank Mir UFC
Fabricio Werdum UFC
Kevin Randleman UFC
Maurice Smith UFC
Ron Waterman WEC
James Irvin WEC
Brian Olsen WEC

Most consecutive defenses of heavyweight title

Name Promotion Title defenses
1. Fedor Emelianenko Pride 3
Stipe Miocic* UFC
3. Randy Couture UFC 2
Tim Sylvia UFC
Brandon Vera* ONE
Brock Lesnar UFC
Cain Velasquez UFC
7. Alistair Overeem Strikeforce 1
Daniel Cormier UFC
Frank Mir UFC
Fabricio Werdum UFC
Kevin Randleman UFC
Maurice Smith UFC
Ron Waterman WEC
James Irvin WEC
Brian Olsen WEC
  • First title reign.

See also


  1. ^ Nevada State Athletic Commission. "Nevada Revised Statutes: Chapter 467 - Unarmed Combat". Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Unified Rules of MMA". Association of Boxing Commissions. Archived from the original on 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-15.