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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. Pancrase's heavyweight 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 championsEdit

Current championsEdit

This table was last updated in August 2019.

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC August 17, 2019   Stipe Miocic 19-3 (15KO) 0
Bellator MMA January 26, 2019   Ryan Bader 27-5 (12KO 3SUB) 0
Cage Warriors   Vacant
Legacy Fighting Alliance   Vacant
Fight Nights Global   Vacant
ACA   Vacant
ONE Championship December 11, 2015   Brandon Vera 16-7 (11KO 1SUB) 2
KSW April 14, 2018   Phil De Fries 17-6 (2KO 12SUB) 2
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts May 12,2017   Brett McDermott 8-5 (7KO) 0

Most wins in heavyweight title boutsEdit

Note: the list includes wins in bouts for heavywight titles of major promotions (UFC, 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
2.   Stipe Miocic UFC 5
  Tim Sylvia UFC
3.   Cain Velasquez UFC 4
  Fedor Emelianenko Pride
6.   Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira UFC, Pride 3
  Andrei Arlovski UFC
  Brock Lesnar UFC
  Daniel Cormier UFC
10.   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 titleEdit

See alsoEdit


  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.