What are the UFC weight classes? The UFC, or Ultimate Fighting Championship, is perhaps the most famous brand name of the fastest rising sport in the past decade, mixed marital arts fighting. Mixed martial arts fighting is a combination of boxing, wrestling, and martial arts such as jujitsu, karate and others. Fights are performed in an enclosed area, most often a cage or ring. The UFC uses an enclosed octagon cage.
UFC fighters are paired against other fighters within weight classes, with a champion for each weight class. Fighters are weighed in prior to each fight and are weighed without equipment and minimal clothing. Their weigh in must be within the range provided for the weight class they are fighting in for the fight to be sanctioned. Champions change relatively often, but the current champion at the time of this writing will be included.
Bantamweight – This weight class includes fighters over 125 lbs. but no more than 135 lbs. The current UFC Bantamweight titleholder is Dominick Cruz with a record of 17-1-0 (Wins, Losses, Draws).
Featherweight – This weight class includes fighters over 135 lbs. but no more than 145 lbs. The current UFC Featherweight champion is Jose Aldo with a record of 18-1-0.
Lightweight – This weight class includes fighters over 145 lbs. but no more than 155 lbs. The current UFC Lightweight champion is Frankie Edgar with a record of 13-1-1.
Welterweight – This weight class includes fighters over 155 lbs. but no more than 170 lbs. The current UFC Welterweight titleholder is Georges St. Pierre with a record of 22-2-0.
Middleweight – This weight class includes fighters over 170 lbs. but no more than 185 lbs. The current Middleweight champion is Anderson Silva with a 28-4-0 record.
Light Heavyweight – This weight class includes fighters over 185 lbs. but no more than 205 lbs. The current Light Heavyweight champion is Jon Jones with a record 13-1-0.
Heavyweight – This weight class includes fighters over 205 lbs. but no more than 265 lbs. The current Heavyweight champion is Cain Velasquez with a record of 9-0-0.
In boxing, the lighter weight class fights are more action packed, and the heavier weight class fights are slower with more power punching. However, generally speaking, in UFC, action can be fast and furious in all the weight classes and can range from a lot of wrestling and ground work to more boxing and marital arts kicks. One thing is for sure, no matter what UFC weight class you enjoy watching, you will most likely be watching an action packed fight!