Understanding UFC Weight Classes

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Understanding UFC Weight Classes

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The strawweight division is the lightest division currently in the UFC and one of four women’s weight classes. In 2014, current strawweight champion Carla Esparza defeated Rose Namajunas to become the inaugural champion. Since then, the division has seen its fair share of UFC legends, like Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas.

For non-title fights, strawweight athletes have a one-pound wiggle room on the scale, which means they can weigh up to 116 pounds. For title fights, athletes must weigh 115 pounds or less.

Flyweight – 125 pounds

The flyweight division is the first of three weight classes to host both a men’s division and a women’s division. Both of these divisions have had very few champions in recent years, with Valentina Shevchenko holding the women’s flyweight belt since December 2018, while the men’s division patiently waits for Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno to complete a four-fight title streak in January at the UFC. 283 in Brazil.

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For non-title fights, flyweight athletes can weigh up to 126 pounds, while title fights require athletes to weigh 125 pounds or less.

In 2020, Figueiredo was scheduled to fight in a flyweight championship bout against Joseph Benavidez. However, Figueiredo weighed in at 127.5 pounds, 2.5 pounds over the championship limit. Although he won the fight, Figueiredo did not become champion as he missed weight and instead received a rematch five months later.

Bantamweight – 135 pounds

Another weight class to have both a men’s and a women’s division, the bantamweight divisions have hosted some of the most iconic athletes and epic fights of this generation. One of the pioneers of women’s MMA, Ronda Rousey, built her legacy in the bantamweight division, amassing six successful title defenses as the division’s first champion.

For non-title fights, bantamweight athletes can weigh up to 136 pounds, while title fights require a 135-pound limit.

Featherweight – 145



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