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Welterweight (MMA)

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

  • The UFC's welterweight division, which groups competitors within 156 to 170 lb (71 to 77 kg)
  • The ONE Championship's welterweight division, with upper limit at 84 kg (185.2 lb)

Ambiguity and clarificationEdit

Many other sports that use the welterweight class, such as boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai, define it as below about 147 lbs (67 kg). The MMA welterweight class is therefore significantly heavier than the welterweight class of these other sports. For the sake of uniformity, many American mixed martial arts websites refer to competitors between 156 and 170 lb (71 and 77 kg) as welterweights. This encompasses the Shooto middleweight division (167 lb / 76 kg).

The welterweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission[1] and the Association of Boxing Commissions[2] is 170 lb (77 kg).

Professional ChampionsEdit

Current championsEdit

This table is not always up to date. Last updated April, 2019.

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC March 2, 2019   Kamaru Usman 15-1 (6KO 1SUB) 0
Bellator MMA January 20, 2018   Douglas Lima 20-5-1 (7KO 7SUB) 0
ONE Championship November 17, 2018   Zebaztian Kadestam 12-4 (10KO 1SUB) 1
British Association of Mixed Martial Arts   Bubba Jerome
Fight Nights Global April 6, 2019   Dmitry Bikrev 11-3 (7KO 1SUB)
KSW October 6, 2018   Roberto Soldić 15-3 (13KO 1SUB) 0
Titan FC June 29, 2018   Uroš Jurišic 10-0 (5KO 4SUB) 0
ACA September 8, 2018   Albert Tumenov 20-4 (12KO) 0
Legacy Fighting Alliance   Vacant
Cage Warriors Oct 20, 2018   Ross Houston 8 - 0 0

Most wins in Welterweight title boutsEdit

Note: the list includes wins in bouts for welterweight 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.   Georges St-Pierre UFC 12
2.   Matt Hughes UFC 9
3.   Pat Miletich UFC 5
  Nick Diaz WEC, Strikeforce 5 (1 WEC, 4 Strikeforce)
  Ben Askren Bellator 5
  Carlos Condit WEC, UFC 5 (4 WEC, 1 UFC)
4.   Douglas Lima Bellator 3
  Robbie Lawler UFC
  Tyron Woodley UFC 3 (+1a)

See alsoEdit


a.^ Fight was recorded as a "Majority Decision Draw". Woodley retained his title.


  1. ^ "Nevada Revised Statutes: Chapter 467 - Unarmed Combat". Retrieved 2007-02-20.
  2. ^ "Unified Rules of MMA". Association of Boxing Commissions. Retrieved 2012-07-15.