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. ONE Championship's heavyweight division is at 226–265 lb. Pancrase's overweight 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 champions

Current champions

This table was last updated on June 24, 2023.

Organization Reign Began Champion Record Defenses
UFC March 4, 2023 United States Jon Jones 27–1 (1) (10KO 7SUB) 0
ONE Championship June 24, 2023 Russia Anatoly Malykhin 13–0 (9KO 4SUB) 0
Bellator MMA August 21, 2020 United States Ryan Bader 31–8 (1) (13KO 3SUB) 3
ACA March 17, 2023 Russia Evgeniy Goncharov 20–7 (8KO 2SUB) 0
KSW April 14, 2018 England Phil De Fries 24–6 (6KO 14SUB) 9

Most wins in heavyweight title bouts

Note: the list includes wins in bouts for heavyweight titles of major promotions (UFC, Bellator, ONE, Pride, Strikeforce, WEC)
Note: the list includes both undisputed and interim champions
  Active title reign
Name Promotion Title bout wins
1. United States Randy Couture UFC 6
United States Stipe Miocic UFC
2. United States Tim Sylvia UFC 5
3. Russia Fedor Emelianenko Pride 4
United States Cain Velasquez UFC
United States Ryan Bader Bellator MMA
5. Brazil Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira UFC, Pride 3
Belarus Andrei Arlovski UFC
United States Brandon Vera ONE
United States Brock Lesnar UFC
6. Netherlands Alistair Overeem Strikeforce 2
Russia Vitaly Minakov Bellator MMA
United States Frank Mir UFC
Brazil Fabricio Werdum UFC
United States Kevin Randleman UFC
United States Maurice Smith UFC
Cameroon Francis Ngannou UFC
United States Daniel Cormier UFC
Brazil Junior Dos Santos UFC
United States Ron Waterman WEC
United States James Irvin WEC

Most consecutive defenses of heavyweight title

Name Promotion Title defenses
1. Russia Fedor Emelianenko Pride 3
United States Stipe Miocic* UFC
United States Ryan Bader Bellator MMA
3. United States Randy Couture UFC 2
United States Tim Sylvia UFC
United States Brandon Vera* ONE
United States Brock Lesnar UFC
United States Cain Velasquez UFC
7. Netherlands Alistair Overeem Strikeforce 1
Russia Vitaly Minakov Bellator MMA
United States Daniel Cormier UFC
United States Frank Mir UFC
Brazil Fabricio Werdum UFC
United States Kevin Randleman UFC
United States Maurice Smith UFC
Cameroon Francis Ngannou UFC
United States Ron Waterman WEC
United States James Irvin WEC
United States Brian Olsen WEC

See also

References

  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.