purpose of weight classes

Why Does UFC Have Weight Classes?

UFC is one of the most known MMA fight organizers, but why do they have weight classes?

The purpose of weight classes or divisions is to make the fight depend more on the fighters’ skills, rather than their size. When the fighters are about the same size, the result of the fight comes down to who is a better fighter, rather than who is bigger.

If you are not familiar with the UFC weight classes, check out this post.

In this post, we will dive a bit deeper into weight classes in general, and why they are important.

Why does the UFC have weight classes?

As mentioned earlier, weight classes are supposed to even the battlefield. When the fighters are about the same size, the result of the fight depends more on the skills of the fighter, instead of their size.

Imagine, if one of the fighters was 120 lbs and the other 200 lbs. No matter how good of a fighter the first guy is, the larger fighter is likely to win, especially if they have some fighting experience.

Regular MMA rules also have a super heavyweight weight division, where there are no limits. You can literally weigh 300 pounds and compete in that weight class.

The downside of that is that you might get matched against someone who weighs 400 pounds and is made of muscle.

Because of the weight divisions in the UFC, the fight outcome is more based on skills and who really is the better fighter, instead of who is bigger.

What are the UFC weight classes?

There are 8 weight classes in the UFC. You can find more throughout information about them in this post, which goes through how the weight classes in UFC work.

The 8 weight classes for men are:

  • Flyweight
  • Bantamweight
  • Featherweight
  • Lightweight
  • Welterweight
  • Middleweight
  • Light heavyweight
  • Heavyweight

They are not entirely the same as the MMA. There are 14 weight divisions for men in MMA rules, but only 8 in the UFC.

All that is on the post I linked out before.

Final thoughts

In conclusion, the purpose of weight classes is to make the fight more even.

Even means the fighters should be around the same size, so the outcome of the fight would be based on the skills of the fighter, rather than the size of the fighter.

We all know that if a 100lbs fighter goes against a 200lbs fighter, the only places where the first fighter wins are in movies.

Hopefully this was helpful, have a wonderful day!

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