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The lightweight division in mixed martial arts can refer to a number of different weight classes:

  • The UFC & Strikeforce lightweight division, which groups competitors within 146 to 155 lb (67 to 70 kg)
  • The DREAM & SRC lightweight division, which limits competitors to 154 lb (70 kg)
  • The Shooto lightweight division, which limits competitors to 143 lb (65 kg)
  • The Pancrase lightweight division, which formerly limited competitors to 152 lb (69 kg) now revised to 155 lb (70 kg)
  • The PRIDE FC (defunct) lightweight division, which limited competitors to 160 lb (73 kg)

Ambiguity and clarification

For the sake of uniformity, most American mixed martial arts media outlets consider Lightweight competitors to be between 146 and 155 lb (66 and 70 kg). This encompasses The Shooto Welterweight division (154 lb / 70 kg).

The UFC's lightweight division was reinstated at UFC 58 after falling into disuse following UFC 49. Sean Sherk, a former welterweight contender, defeated Kenny Florian at UFC 64, becoming the first UFC lightweight champion since 2002.

The lightweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, is 155 lb (70 kg).[1]

Notable lightweights in MMA

The listed competitors below are subjected to weight limits between 154 and 160 lb (70 and 73 kg):

PRIDE veteran




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