Mixed Martial Arts Weight Classes
Mixed martial arts is a sport that offers a variety of fighting styles and techniques including but not limited to boxing, wrestling, and moves from tae kwon do, karate, judo, and Muay Thai, just to name a few. Most forms of martial arts define specific weight classes for sparring and competition scenarios. A mixed martial arts weight class defines the weight limit of sparring partners and competitors in tournaments.
In mixed martial arts, or MMA, weight classes are divided into numerous categories based on state or province, region, or country rules and regulations. For example, in the United States, mixed martial arts weight classes are often broken down as follows:
- Flyweight – 57 kg or 125 pounds
- Bantamweight – 61 kg or 135 pounds
- Featherweight – 66 kg or 145 pounds
- light weight – 70 kg or 155 pounds
- welterweight – 77 kg or 170 pounds
- middleweight – 84 kg or 185 pounds
- light heavyweight – 93 kg or 205 pounds
- heavyweight – 120 kg or 265 pounds
Fight clubs, championship matches, and tournaments determine weight classes and groupings for competitors depending on their own rules and regulations, and many divisions, groups, and MMA clubs determine their own weight classes, which don’t always mesh with those of competitors.
In Japan, mixed martial arts weight class restrictions are not mandated by state or government laws, but as in other countries around the world, Japan attempts to reduce unfair advantages based on weight by using unified rules. In the United Kingdom, promoters for martial arts events can determine mixed martial arts weight classes as they prefer, as they are not governed by any board of control in the sport.
Cage fighting is extremely popular not only in the United States, but around the world, and cage fighting classifications are based on the metric system, and are similar to unified rules of mixed martial arts organizations. Cage fighting is broken down into a handful of weight classifications as follows:
- Featherweight – 145 pounds or 66 kg
- Lightweight – 155 pounds or 70 kg
- Welterweight – 170 pounds or 77 kg
- Middleweight – 185 pounds or 84 kg
- light heavyweight – 205 pounds or 93 kg
Mixed Martial Arts Classes in Singapore
In Singapore, mixed martial arts are broken down to match individuals with similar capabilities, size and weight, offering classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. Mixed martial arts classes, when classified by weight and by capability, age, and size are suitable for kids, teenagers, and adults.
To learn more about our mixed martial arts weight classes of mixed martial arts classes in general, visit us online or visit us at our location. Everyone is welcome, and all ages, capabilities, and aptitudes are also welcome. You don’t have to compete in physical or combat sparring scenarios to enjoy mixed martial arts. Mixed martial arts offers something for everyone in all weight classes. Gain the benefits of a great cardiovascular workout, relief of mental stress, and meet new people in our mixed martial arts classes, whether you’re doing so for pleasure or for competition training. Contact us for a free trial.