Lightweight (MMA)

The lightweight division in mixed martial arts contains different weight classes:

  • The UFC's lightweight division, which groups competitors within 146 to 155 lb (66 to 70 kg)
  • The Shooto lightweight division, which limits competitors to 145 lb (65.8 kg)
  • The ONE Championship's lightweight division, with an upper limit at 77 kg (169.8 lb)
  • The Road FC's lightweight division, with an upper limit at 154 lb (70 kg)

Ambiguity and clarificationEdit

For the sake of uniformity, most American mixed martial arts media outlets consider Lightweight competitors to be between 146 and 155 lb (66 and 70 kg). This encompasses The Shooto Welterweight division (154 lb / 70 kg).

The UFC's lightweight division was reinstated at UFC 58 after falling into disuse following UFC 49. Sean Sherk, a former welterweight contender, defeated Kenny Florian at UFC 64, becoming the first UFC lightweight champion since 2002.

The lightweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[1] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[2] is 155 lb (70 kg).

Professional championsEdit

Current championsEdit

This table last updated in October 2019.

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC April 7, 2018   Khabib Nurmagomedov 28-0 (8KO 10SUB) 2
Bellator MMA May 11, 2019   Patrício Freire 30-4 (10KO 11SUB) 0
ONE Championship May 17, 2019   Christian Lee 12-3 (8KO 4SUB) 0
ACB September 8, 2018   Ali Bagov 27-10 (2KO 22SUB) 0
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts   Vacant
Cage Warriors   Vacant
Fight Nights Global   Vacant
KSW May 27, 2016   Mateusz Gamrot 15-0 (4KO 4SUB) 4
Road FC Aug 17, 2014   A Sol Kwon 21-10 (11KO 3SUB) 2
Titan FC December 21, 2018   Martin Brown 13-5 (5KO 2SUB) 0
Legacy Fighting Alliance   Vacant

Most wins in lightweight title boutsEdit

Note: the list includes wins in bouts for lightweight titles of major promotions (UFC, Strikeforce, WEC, Bellator)
Note: the list includes both undisputed and interim champions
     Active title reign
Name Promotion Title bout wins
1.   Gilbert Melendez WEC, Strikeforce 10 (1 WEC, 9 Strikeforce)
2.   Benson Henderson WEC, UFC 7 (3 WEC, 4 UFC)
3.   Michael Chandler Bellator 5
4.   B.J. Penn UFC 4
  Eddie Alvarez Bellator, UFC 4 (3 Bellator, 1 UFC)
5.   Jens Pulver UFC 3
  Gabe Ruediger WEC
  Hermes Franca WEC
  Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC
  Jamie Varner WEC
  Frankie Edgar UFC 3 (+1a)
  Anthony Pettis WEC, UFC 3 (1 WEC, 2 UFC)
6.   Sean Sherk UFC 2
  Rob McCullough WEC
  Rafael dos Anjos UFC

Most consecutive defenses of lightweight titleEdit

Name Promotion Consecutive title defenses
1.   Gilbert Melendez Strikeforce 4
2.   Benson Henderson UFC 3

See alsoEdit


a.^ Edgar's title defense against Gray Maynard at UFC 125 was a split draw. Edgar retained the Lightweight title. The two later rematched at UFC 136, with Edgar defeating Maynard via KO and defending his title.


  1. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: Chapter 467 - Unarmed Combat". 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.