- Lightweight (MMA)
The lightweight division in
mixed martial artscan refer to a number of different weight classes:
* The UFC lightweight division, which limits competitors to 155 lb (70 kg)
PRIDE FClightweight division, which limited competitors to 160 lb (73 kg)
Shootolightweight division, which limits competitors to 143 lb (65 kg)
Pancraselightweight division, which limits competitors to 152 lb (69 kg)
Ambiguity and clarification
For the sake of uniformity, most American mixed martial arts media outlets consider Lightweight competitors to be between 152 and 160 lb (69 and 73 kg). This encompasses the Pancrase lightweight division (152 lb / 69 kg); the Shooto Welterweight division (154 lb / 70 kg), and the K-1 HERO'S middleweight division of the same weight limit; the UFC Lightweight division (155 lb); and the PRIDE Lightweight division (160 lb / 73 kg). The lightweight limit, as defined by the
Nevada State Athletic Commission, is 155 lb. [cite web |url= http://www.leg.state.nv.us/NAC/NAC-467.html#NAC467Sec7956|title= Nevada Revised Statutes: CHAPTER 467 - UNARMED COMBAT|accessdate=2007-02-20 |format= |work= http://www.leg.state.nv.us]
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 Florianat " UFC 64", becoming the first UFC lightweight champion since 2002.
Notable lightweights in MMA
The listed competitors below are subjected to weight limits between 154 and 160 lb (70 and 73 kg):
*flagicon|BRA Gesias "JZ" Calvancante, K-1 HERO's 2006 middleweight Grand Prix champion, K-1 HERO's 2007 middleweight Grand Prix champion, Former
ShootoWelterweight Americas Champion
BJ Penn, UFC lightweight champion, former welterweight champion
Takanori Gomi, PRIDE lightweight champion, PRIDE 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix champion
*flagicon|JPN Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto, K-1 HERO's 2005 mightweight Grand Prix champion
Sean Sherk, former UFC lightweight champion
Vitor Ribeiro, Cage RageWorld lightweight champion, former Shooto 154-pound champion
Tatsuya Kawajiri, former Shooto 154-pound champion
Jens Pulver, first UFC lightweight champion.
Joe Stevenson, winner of " The Ultimate Fighter 2" KOTC welterweight and lightweight Champion, ROF welterweight champ, RITC welterweight champ
Hayato Sakurai, PRIDE lightweight contender, Former Shooto Middleweight Champion
Yves Edwards, UFC and PRIDE veteran
Joachim Hansen, PRIDE veteran, former Shooto 154-pound champion, Dream Lightweight Champion
Hermes Franca, UFClightweight contender
Caol Uno, HERO'Sand UFCveteran, Former Shooto Welterweight Champion
Rob McCullough, former WEC lightweight champion
Gilbert Melendez, StrikeforceWorld lightweight champion, former WEClightweight champion, PRIDE veteran
Nate Diaz, winner of " The Ultimate Fighter 5"
Kenny Florian, TUF Season 1, Pan-American BJJ medalist, NAGA BJJ Superfight Champion
Roger HuertaUFC Lightweight Contender, former IFC welterweight and lightweight champion
Mac Danzig, winner of " The Ultimate Fighter 6"
Shinya Aoki, DREAM MMA2008 Lightweight Tournament Finalist
Takashi Nakakura Shooto154 lb Champion
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