UFC Weight Classes: What are they in order KG and Lbs?

UFC, and MMA in general, has distinctive weight classes to establish limits for fighters, but what are the weight classes in the UFC?

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.

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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:

DivisionWeight in Lbs
Women’s Strawweight115 lb
Women’s and Men’s Flyweight125 lb
Women’s Bantamweight135 lb
Men’s Bantamweight135 lb
Women’s Featherweight145 lb
Men’s Featherweight145 lb
Lightweight155 lb
Welterweight170 lb
Middleweight185 lb
Light Heavyweight205 lb
Heavyweight265 lb

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What are the UFC weight classes in KG?

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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?

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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?

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Yes, absolutely.

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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