Today, the popularity of mixed martial arts is at its peak and no one doubts their further rapid development. This is not surprising because these fights are characterized by their brightness, dynamism and swiftness. However, to observe a fight in the cage the wrestlers of the same weight of steel is relatively recent, since some time ago the fights were conducted without even a rather conventional division of athletes by weight divisions. In this article we take a closer look at what weight class in the UFC nowadays, and who they unequivocally dominated.
Now the UFC is truly a huge organization in which all are perfectly balanced as in the high-quality and complicated mechanism. Every detail is not passed by visionary owners of the American promotion, which closely monitor all emerging changes in the world of mixed martial. But it was not always so. In already quite far from us 1993 weight category in the UFC was absent. The first battles took place on the scheme, which then did not include the usual us procedures for mandatory weigh-in before the fight.
The emergence of divisions
Weight class in the UFC emerged only in 1997. While initially they were not what we know today. At UFC 12 all took part in it, and the fighters were divided into two categories: heavy weight, which included athletes weighing over 200 pounds, and light weight (200 pounds).
Later, to be exact, on the 14th tournament, easy weight class in the UFC was transformed into the average category. But pure light weight formed already at UFC 16. At that moment the fighters were considered the weight, if their weight was less than 170 lbs (77 kg). Two years later, the promotion decided to create another division – Bantamweight, Bantamweight so-called. The first time the fighters of this weight entered the cage at UFC 26. Then the Bantamweight division required the athlete may weigh more than 70 pounds.
Requirements of the Athletic Commission
In 2000, the sports Commission of the state of new Jersey are literally forced to make a change in the formation of the weight divisions. The result weight class in the UFC today. At the time of the 31st tournament promotion already made five divisions, among which were listed:
- A light weight.
- Average weight
- Light heavyweight.
- Heavy weight.
However, in 2010, the category once again undergone some changes. So, it was added Featherweight and Bantamweight weight class. And in two years the company made the final decision to further expand the list of outstanding fighters by introducing another weight – lightest.
In order to finally figure out how to divide weight category in the UFC, it should be mentioned that the organization also has a bright female fighters. In 2012, for the first time in the history of mixed matches were created by the women's League Bantamweight champion. And the following year formed and lightest weight among women who had dedicated his life to MMA.
The number of divisions
So how many weight categories in the UFC? At the beginning of 2017, there are twelve divisions in the organization, ten of which are exclusively male, and two - female.
In the heavy weight division a fighter should not exceed 120 pounds, light heavyweight – 93 kg, average of 84 kilos, Welterweight – 77 kg, lightweight – 70 kg, Featherweight – 66 kg, the lightest – 61 kgs, Flyweight – 57 kg.
Women of the lightest weight should have their own weight at the time of weighing up to 52 kilograms, and the lightest division - 61 kilograms.
The current UFC champions are:
- Stipe Miocich.
- Daniel Cormier.
- Michael Bisping.
- Tyrone Woodley.
- Conor Macgregor.
- Jose Aldo.
- Cody Garbrandt.
- Demetrius Johnson.
Also worth noting, and common to all soldiers of the organization a rating under the catchy title of POUND-FOR-POUND. It can get the best fighters, regardless of their own weight, and gender. Here, in short, all have absolutely equal rights. And because the athlete of the Flyweight may be located at a higher position of the ranking than even some top-end Middleweight or heavyweight.