UFC Weight Divisions & MMA Rankings

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the world’s No. 1 mixed martial arts (MMA) competition and all of the top-ranked fighters in the promotion face off in a series of different weight divisions.

There is a total of nine UFC weight divisions in the current format for both male and female UFC fighters and a UFC champion for each category. The Strawweight is women’s only division, and women also fight in the Bantamweight division. Men do not fight in the Strawweight division but compete in all eight other categories.

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The full UFC weight divisions are:

  • Strawweight
  • Flyweight
  • Bantamweight
  • Featherweight
  • Lightweight
  • Welterweight
  • Middleweight
  • Light Heavyweight
  • Heavyweight

In general Mixed Martial Arts outside of just the UFC there is also a Super Heavyweight class that has no upper weight limit, although this is not part of the UFC competition. Each weight class has a name, minimum weight and upper limit the MMA fighters competing for the championship title must meet. In the non-title UFC fights there is a one-pound leniency within the divisions. There is no such leniency in UFC title fights, which are the most bet on and watched MMA bouts.

As well as the official title UFC weight classes there are also UFC rankings on Pound-for-Pound. This ranks the best MMA fighters regardless of their weight class. These fighters do not face off directly, but are ranked via voting.

Active UFC fighters are ranked within each weight-class with the Top 15 UFC fighter rankings determined by a voting panel made of by members of the media. Fighters can feature in more than weight division ranking at a time. The UFC rankings exclude the current and interim champions who hold the top position of their respective weight divisions, but they can be included by vote on the pound-for-pound rankings.

 

Weight Class Minimum Weight Upper Weight Limit
Strawweight None 115 lb (52.2 kg; 8.2 st)
Flyweight 115 lb (52.2 kg; 8.2 st) 125 lb (56.7 kg; 8.9 st)
Bantamweight 125 lb (56.7 kg; 8.9 st) 135 lb (61.2 kg; 9.6 st)
Featherweight 135 lb (61.2 kg; 9.6 st) 145 lb (65.8 kg; 10.4 st)
Lightweight 145 lb (65.8 kg; 10.4 st) 155 lb (70.3 kg; 11.1 st)
Welterweight 155 lb (70.3 kg; 11.1 st) 170 lb (77.1 kg; 12.1 st)
Middleweight 170 lb (77.1 kg; 12.1 st) 185 lb (83.9 kg; 13.2 st)
Light Heavyweight 185 lb (83.9 kg; 13.2 st) 205 lb (93.0 kg; 14.6 st)
Heavyweight 205 lb (93.0 kg; 14.6 st) 265 lb (120.2 kg; 18.9 st)

Men’s UFC Weight Divisions & Rankings

Out of the nine overall UFC weight categories, male fighters can contest eight of the weight divisions with Strawweight the only women’s only division.

Flyweight Rankings

Current UFC Flyweight Champion:

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Demetrious Johnson. Photo: UFC.

  • Demetrious Johnson

Record (W-L-D): 26-2-1

Weight: 125 lb (56 kg)

Top Flyweight Contenders:

  • 1. Joseph Nevaidez (25-4-0; 125 lb / 56 kg)
  • 2. Henry Cejudo (11-2-0; 125 lb / 56 kg)
  • 3. Ray Borg (11-2-0; 125 lb / 56kg)
  • 4. Sergio Pettis (16-2-0; 125 lb / 56kg)
  • 5. Jussier Formiga (19-5-0; 125 lb / 56kg)

Bantamweight Rankings

Current UFC Bantamweight Champion:

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Cody Garbrandt. Photo: UFC.

  • Cody Garbrandt

Record (W-L-D): 11-0-0

Weight: 135 lb (61 kg)

Top Bantamweight Contenders:

  • 1. Dominick Cruz (22-2-0; 135 lb / 61 kg)
  • 2. TJ Dillashaw (15-3-0; 135 lb / 61 kg)
  • 3. Jimmie Rivera (21-1-0; 135 lb / 61 kg)
  • 4. Raphael Assuncao (25-5-0; 135 lb / 61 kg)
  • 5. John Lineker (29-8-0; 135 lb / 61 kg)

Featherweight Rankings

Current UFC Featherweight Champion:

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Max Holloway. Photo: UFC.

  • Max Holloway

Record (W-L-D): 18-3-0

Weight: 145 lb (65 kg)

Top Featherweight Contenders:

  • 1. Jose Aldo (26-3-0; 145 lb / 65 kg)
  • 2. Frankie Edgar (21-5-1; 145 lb / 65 kg)
  • 3. Ricardo Lamas (18-5-0; 145 lb / 65 kg)
  • 4. Cub Swanson (25-7-0; 145 lb / 65 kg)
  • 5. Chan Sung Jung (14-4-0; 145 lb / 65 kg)

Lightweight Rankings

Current UFC Lightweight Champion:

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Conor McGregor. Photo: UFC.

  • Conor McGregor

Record (W-L-D): 21-3-0

Weight: 155 lb (70 kg)

Top Lightweight Contenders:

  • 1. Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0-0; 155 lb / 70 kg)
  • 2. Tony Ferguson (23-3-0; 155 lb / 70 kg)
  • 3. Eddie Alvarez (28-5-0; 155 lb / 70 kg)
  • 4. Edson Barboza (19-4-0; 155 lb / 70 kg)
  • 5. Justin Gaethje (17-0-0; 155 lb / 70 kg)

Welterweight Rankings

Current UFC Welterweight Champion:

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Tyron Woodley. Photo: UFC.

  • Tyron Woodley

Record (W-L-D): 18-3-1

Weight: 170 lb (77 kg)

Top Welterweight Contenders:

  • 1. Robbie Lawler (28-11-0; 170 lb / 77 kg)
  • 1. Stephen Thompson (13-1-1; 170 lb / 77 kg)
  • 3. Demian Maia (25-7-0, 1NC; 170 lb / 77 kg)
  • 4. Jorge Masvidal (32-12-0; 170 lb / 77 kg)
  • 5. Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9-0; 170 lb / 77kg)

Middleweight Rankings

Current UFC Middleweight Champion:

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Michael Bisping. Photo: UFC.

  • Michael Bisping

Record (W-L-D): 31-7-0

Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)

Top Middleweight Contenders:

  • 1. Robert Whittaker (Interim Champion) (20-4-0; 185 lb / 84 kg)
  • 2. Yoel Romero (12-2-0; 185 lb / 84 kg)
  • 3. Luke Rockhold (16-3-0; 185 lb / 84 kg)
  • 4. Jacare Souza (24-5-0, 1 NC; 185 lb / 84kg)
  • 5. Chris Wiedman (14-3-0; 185 lb / 84kg)

Light Heavyweight Rankings

Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion:

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Daniel Cormier. Photo: UFC.

  • Daniel Cormier

Record (W-L-D): 19-2-0

Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)

Top Light Heavyweight Contenders:

  • 1. Alexander Gustafsson (18-4-0; 205 lb / 93 kg)
  • 2. Volkan Oezdemir (15-1-0; 205 lb / 93 kg)
  • 3. Glover Teixeira (26-6-0; 205 lb / 93 kg)
  • 4. Jimi Manuwa (17-3-0; 205 lb / 93 kg)
  • 5. Mauricio Rua (24-10-0; 205 lb / 93kg)

Heavyweight Rankings

Current UFC Flyweight Champion:

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Stipe Biocic. Photo: UFC.

  • Stipe Miocic

Record (W-L-D): 17-2-0

Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)

Top Heavyweight Contenders:

  • 1. Alistair Overeem (43-15-0, 1NC; 265 lb / 120kg)
  • 2. Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1; 231 lb / 104 kg)
  • 3. Cain Velasquez (14-2-0; 240 lb / 109 kg)
  • 4. Francis Ngannou (10-1-0; 250 lb / 113 kg)
  • 5. Mark Hunt (13-11-1, 1NC; 265 lb / 120 kg)

UFC Women’s Weight Divisions & Rankings

Unlike in the Men’s UFC weight divisions, the female UFC fighters have just two weight class titles they can fight for – the Strawweight and Bantamweight divisions. Male and female MMA fighters do not face off against each other in the UFC.

Strawweight Rankings

Current UFC Strawweight Champion:

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Photo: UFC.

  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Record (W-L-D): 14-0-0

Weight: 115 lb (52 kg)

Top Strawweight Contenders:

  • 1. Claudia Gadelha (15-2-0; 115 lb / 52 kg)
  • 2. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2-0; 115 lb / 52 kg)
  • 3. Rose Namajunas (7-3-0; 115 lb / 52 kg)
  • 4. Jessica Andrade (16-6-0; 115 lb / 52 kg)
  • 5. Tecia Torres (9-1-0; 115 lb / 52 kg)

Bantamweight Rankings

Current UFC Bantamweight Champion:

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Amanda Nunes. Photo: UFC.

  • Amanda Nunes

Record (W-L-D): 15-4-0

Weight: 135 lb (61 kg)

Top Bantamweight Contenders:

  • 1. Valentina Shevchenko (14-3-0; 135 lb / 61 kg)
  • 2. Holly Holm (11-3-0; 135 lb / 65kg)
  • 3. Julianna Pena (9-3-0; 135 lb / 61 kg)
  • 4. Raquel Pennington (9-6-0; 135 lb / 61 kg)
  • 5. Ronda Rousey (12-2-0; 135 lb / 61 kg)

*UFC Rankings Correct as of September 19,  2017.