The company has added several weight classes to their roster over the years, including the unveiling of a Women’s division back in 2013.
There are strict regulations in place to ensure that fighters are able to get to their optimum weight safely, and the implementation of weight classes in the UFC attempts to ensure that everyone competes on an even playing field.
Here’s everything you need to know about the weight classes in the UFC and what their limits are in both pounds and kilos.
What are all the UFC weight classes in order?
There are currently 12 different weight classes/divisions in the UFC, with four of them being dedicated to Women’s MMA and the remaining eight being Men’s.
The maximum weight limits for the divisions/classes are as follows:
|Division||Weight in Lbs|
|Women’s Strawweight||115 lb|
|Women’s and Men’s Flyweight||125 lb|
|Women’s Bantamweight||135 lb|
|Men’s Bantamweight||135 lb|
|Women’s Featherweight||145 lb|
|Men’s Featherweight||145 lb|
|Light Heavyweight||205 lb|
What are the UFC weight classes in KG?
For fans that prefer to look at the weight classes in kilograms, we’ve got you covered there too:
- Women’s Strawweight: 52.5 kg
- Women’s and Men’s Flyweight: 56.7 kg
- Women’s and Men’s Bantamweight: 61.2 kg
- Women’s and Men’s Featherweight: 65.8 kg
- Lightweight: 70.3 kg
- Welterweight: 77.1 kg
- Middleweight: 83.9 kg
- Light Heavyweight: 102.1 kg
- Heavyweight: 265 lb 120.2 kg
What is a Catchweight fight?
There are sometimes Catchweight bouts that take place on a UFC card, but these are extremely rare and are usually implemented as a last-minute change to a fight if there were injuries or issues beforehand.
If a fighter comes in for the official weigh-in over the allocated maximum weight, then their opponent has the option to choose whether or not the fight will still go ahead.
Under usual circumstances, if the opposing fighter does agree to continue on with a Catchweight contest, then they will receive 20% of their competitor’s purse (the amount they get paid to fight in the octagon).
Can UFC fighters change weight classes?
There are a number of fighters who have moved up and down weight classes during their fight career, with some such as Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier attaining champ-champ status over two concurrent divisions!
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