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

Ambiguity and clarification

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 champions

Current champions

These tables were last updated in February 2023.

Men:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC February 17, 2024 Georgia (country) Ilia Topuria 15–0 (5KO 8SUB) 0
Bellator MMA April 15, 2022 Brazil Patrício Pitbull 36–7 (12KO 12SUB) 2
ONE Championship August 26, 2022 China Tang Kai 15–2 (12KO 0SUB) 0
Rizin FF November 4, 2023 Japan Chihiro Suzuki 12–3 (6KO 1SUB) 0
ACA July 21, 2023 Russia Islam Omarov 14–0 (3KO 6SUB) 0
Cage Warriors November 4, 2022 Republic of Ireland Paul Hughes 9–1 (3KO 3SUB) 1
KSW December 18, 2021 France Salahdine Parnasse 18-1 (3KO 7SUB) 2
M-1 Global Vacant
Fight Nights Global Vacant
Brave Combat Federation June 23, 2023 Kyrgyzstan Nemat Abdrashitov 19–8 (7KO 7SUB) 0
Titan FC August 06, 2021 Jordan Ali al-Qaisi 12–5 (2KO 4SUB) 0
Legacy Fighting Alliance July 21, 2023 United States Javier Garcia 11–5 (0KO 7SUB) 0
Road FC December 18, 2022 South Korea Hae Jin Park 10–3 (1KO 4SUB) 0

Women:

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC Vacant
Bellator MMA January 25, 2020 Brazil Cris Cyborg 27–2 (1) (21KO 1SUB) 5
Invicta FC Vacant

Most wins in featherweight title bouts

Note: the list includes wins in bouts for featherweight titles of major promotions (UFC, ONE, 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. Brazil José Aldo WEC, UFC 11 (3 WEC, 8 UFC)
Brazil Patrício Pitbull Bellator 11
2. United States Urijah Faber WEC 6
Australia Alexander Volkanovski UFC
4. United States Max Holloway UFC 5
5. United States Pat Curran Bellator 4
Australia Martin Nguyen ONE
6. United States Mike Brown WEC 3
7. United States Cole Escovedo WEC 2
United States Daniel Straus Bellator
Republic of Ireland Conor McGregor UFC
8. United States Joe Soto Bellator 1
United States Joe Warren Bellator
United States A. J. McKee Bellator
Mexico Yair Rodríguez UFC
Spain Ilia Topuria UFC


Women:

Name Promotion Title bout wins
1. Brazil Cris Cyborg Strikeforce, Invicta, UFC, Bellator 16 (3 Strikeforce, 4 Invicta, 3 UFC, 6 Bellator)
2. Canada Julia Budd Bellator 3
Brazil Amanda Nunes UFC
3. Australia Megan Anderson Invicta 1
Netherlands Germaine de Randamie UFC
Canada Felicia Spencer Invicta

See also

References

  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.