The heavyweight division in mixed martial arts generally groups fighters between a minimum of 206 and a maximum of 265 lb (93 and 120 kg).

Although many ambiguities exist within the lower weight classes regarding division naming and weight limits, the Heavyweight division is, for the most part, uniform. The UFC and most other North American MMA organizations such as StrikeForce, KOTC, MFC; also abide by this interpretation to their 206-265 lb athletes as Heavyweights. Some international organizations such as DREAM, Sengoku, and the former PRIDE start at 206 lb but do not have upper weight limits. Pancrase's heavyweight division was 199-221 lb (90-100 kg) before being revised to its current 206-265 lb (93-120 kg).

The heavyweight limit, as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, is 265 lb (120 kg).

Notable heavyweights in MMAEdit

  • Russia flag Fedor Emelianenko, WAMMA Heavyweight Champion, final PRIDE Heavyweight Champion, PRIDE 2004 Grand Prix Champion, RINGS Kings of Kings Tournament winner, RINGS World Class Tournament winner, 4-time World Combat Sambo Champion, 8-time Russian Combat Sambo Champion , Russian National Judo Champion
  • United States flag Brock Lesnar, UFC Heavyweight Champion, two-time NJCAA All-American, 1998 NJCAA Heavyweight Champion, two-time NCAA All-American, two-time Big Ten Conference Champion, 2000 NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion, and a three-time WWE Champion
  • Netherlands flag Alistair Overeem, Strikeforce Heavyweight MMA champion
  • United States flag Ken Shamrock, 4-time UFC Superfight Champion, 1st King of Pancrase, King of Pancrase Tournament winner, UFC Hall Of Famer
  • United States flag Dan Severn, former UFC Champion, UFC Hall Of Famer
  • Ukraine flag Igor Vovchanchyn, PRIDE World Grand Prix 2000 runner-up, Mr. Powerman SEKAI 1996(Mr. Strong Guy 1996) winner, Ukrainian Octagon winner, International Fighting Championship 1 winner, AROC 3 winner, Absolute Fighting Championship 3 winner, World ValeTudo Championship 5 winner
  • United States flag Randy Couture, former 3-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, former 2-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion & UFC Hall of Famer
  • Brazil flag Antônio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira, former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion, former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion
  • United States flag Ricco Rodriguez, former UFC Heavyweight Champion, former King Of The Cage Heavyweight Champion
  • United States flag Frank Mir, former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion, former UFC Heavyweight Champion
  • Belarus flag Andrei Arlovski, former UFC Heavyweight Champion
  • Brazil flag Pedro Rizzo, 3-time former UFC Heavyweight title challenger, UFC veteran
  • Japan flag Kiyoshi Tamura, former RINGS Heavyweight champion, PRIDE veteran
  • United States flag Maurice Smith, Kickboxing and K-1 veteran, former UFC Heavyweight Champion.
  • Croatia flag Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović, former Kickboxing and K-1 fighter, PRIDE 2006 Open-Weight Grand Prix Champion
  • United States flag Kevin Randleman, former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Pride veteran
  • Japan flag Kazushi Sakuraba, UFC Japan Heavyweight Tournament winner
  • United States flag Josh Barnett, former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Openweight King Of Pancrase, PRIDE 2006 Open-Weight Grand Prix Finalist
  • United States flag Mark Coleman, PRIDE 2000 Grand Prix Champion, former UFC Heavyweight Champion,UFC Hall Of Famer
  • Netherlands flag Bas Rutten, 3-time King of Pancrase, former UFC Champion, and IFL Coach
  • United States flag Mark Kerr, UFC 14 and UFC 15 Heavyweight Tournament Winner
  • Brazil flag Assuerio Silva, former Heavyweight King of Pancrase
  • United States flag Don Frye, Multiple UFC Champion
  • United States flag Tim Sylvia, former 2-time UFC Heavyweight Champion
  • Brazil flag Gabriel Gonzaga, former UFC Heavyweight Title Challenger, World Jiu-Jitsu Champion
  • Brazil flag Fabricio Werdum, World Jiu-Jitsu Champion, UFC and PRIDE veteran
  • Japan flag Kazuyuki Fujita, PRIDE veteran, Greco-Roman wrestling Japan champion
  • United States flag Roy Nelson, The Ultimate Fighter 10 heavyweight winner

See alsoEdit

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