Boxing Weight Classes: Should MMA Follow Suit or Not?

My pet peeve about combat sports is their inconsistency when it comes down to weight classes. Each organization in boxing uses different names for its weight classes. Mixed martial arts lacks enough weight classes.

A man who is 200 pounds or more in boxing is called a Cruiserweight by the WBA and a Junior Heavyweight by the WBO. There are 17 weight classes in boxing. You can weigh from 119 to 122 pounds in Super Bantamweight with the WBA. The weight classes then move in increments of 3 to 5 pounds until Lightweight. Next, they move at 4 pound classes till Welterweight at 147.

Although the boxing weight classes increase in size joel embiid injury, you won’t be able to fight anyone more than 6 pounds heavier than yourself at the highest weight class. This theoretically makes the match more competitive.

This is MMA. If you are a professional mixed martial arts fighter in the UFC, you can fight in a total of 6 weight classes….Lightweight under 155, Welterweight under 170, Middleweight under 185, Light Heavy under 205, Heavyweight under 260, or Super Heavy over 260.

You have only five options if you’re a professional MMA fighter in Japan, Pride Fighting Championships. PrideFC does not have a MMA Welterweight division. There is only a huge Middleweight class.

The bottom line is that MMA has huge weight divisions, with very heavy men shedding large amounts of weight in order to squeeze into a lower weight class and then bulking up on fight day. This makes for less exciting matches, in my opinion.

More competition is created by boxing weight classes. In the years to come, mixed martial arts will have to follow their lead.

Yoshi Kundagawa works as a freelance journalist in the martial arts industry. He became a couch potato because he spent too much time on his computer, eating donuts.

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