Featherweight (MMA)

The featherweight division in mixed martial arts refers to different weight classes:

  • The UFC's featherweight division, which limits competitors to 145 lb (66 kg)
  • The Shooto's featherweight division, which limits competitors to 135 lb (61.2 kg)
  • The ONE Championship's featherweight division, with upper limit at 70 kg (154.3 lb)
  • The Road FC's featherweight division, with upper limit at 144.4 lb (65.5 kg)

Ambiguity and clarificationEdit

For the sake of uniformity, most American mixed martial arts media outlets consider Featherweight competitors to be between 136 and 145 lb (60 and 66 kg). King of the Cage (KOTC) refers to its 145 lb (66 kg) division as bantamweight whereas Shooto refers to its 143 lb (65 kg) division as lightweight. The UFC uses the Nevada definition of "featherweight".

The featherweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[1] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[2] is 145 lb (66 kg).

Professional championsEdit

Current championsEdit

These tables were last updated in August 2020.

Men:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC December 14, 2019   Alexander Volkanovski 22–1 (11KO 3SUB) 1
Bellator MMA April 21, 2017   Patrício Freire 31–4 (11KO 11SUB) 3
ONE Championship August 18, 2017   Martin Nguyen 13–3 (9KO 3SUB) 3
ACA October 4, 2019   Felipe Froes 18–4 (7KO 2SUB) 0
Cage Warriors June 29, 2019   Mads Burnell 13–3 (8SUB) 0
M-1 Global   Vacant
Fight Nights Global   Vacant
Brave Combat Federation September 21, 2018   Bubba Jenkins 14–4 (6KO 3SUB) 1
Titan FC April 6, 2018   Jason Soares 14–0 (3KO 9SUB) 3
Legacy Fighting Alliance July 10, 2020   Justin Gonzales 11–0 (4KO 1SUB) 0
Road FC November 3, 2018   Jeong Yeong Lee 9–1 (3KO 3SUB) 1
KSW April 27, 2019   Salahdine Parnasse 14–0–1 (2KO 4SUB) 1

Women:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC December 29, 2018   Amanda Nunes 20–4 (13KO 3SUB) 1
Bellator MMA January 25, 2020   Cris Cyborg 22–2 (1) (18KO 1NC) 0
Invicta FC August 9, 2019   Pam Sorenson 8–3 (1SUB) 0

Most wins in featherweight title boutsEdit

Note: the list includes wins in bouts for featherweight titles of major promotions (UFC, WEC, Bellator for men; UFC, Strikeforce, Invicta for women)
Note: the list includes both undisputed and interim champions
  Active title reign

Men:

Name Promotion Title bout wins
1.   José Aldo WEC, UFC 11 (3 WEC, 8 UFC)
2.   Patricio Freire Bellator 7
3.   Urijah Faber WEC 6
4.   Max Holloway UFC 5
5.   Pat Curran Bellator 4
6.   Mike Brown WEC 3
7.   Cole Escovedo WEC 2
  Daniel Straus Bellator
  Conor McGregor UFC
8.   Joe Soto Bellator 1
  Joe Warren Bellator


Women:

Name Promotion Title bout wins
1.   Cristiane Justino Strikeforce, Invicta, UFC 10 (3 Strikeforce, 4 Invicta, 3 UFC)
2.   Julia Budd Bellator 3
3.   Megan Anderson Invicta 1
  Germaine de Randamie UFC
  Felicia Spencer Invicta
  Amanda Nunes UFC

Amanda Nunes

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: Chapter 467 – Unarmed Combat". leg.state.nv.us. Retrieved 2007-02-20.
  2. ^ "Unified Rules of MMA". Association of Boxing Commissions. Archived from the original on 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-15.