Published at Tuesday, 17 December 2019. Female. By Abby Marshall.
Weight classes in MMA vary by region or organization. The UFC currently recognizes a total of nine weight classes in men’s MMA. The upper weight limits of these classes are as follows: strawweight, 115 pounds (52 kg); flyweight, 125 pounds (57 kg); bantamweight, 135 pounds (61 kg); featherweight, 145 pounds (66 kg); lightweight, 155 pounds (70 kg); welterweight, 170 pounds (77 kg); middleweight, 185 pounds (84 kg); light heavyweight, 205 pounds (93 kg); and heavyweight, 265 pounds (120 kg). While the UFC has no formal super heavyweight division for fighters weighing more than 265 pounds, some MMA organizations recognize the weight class.
The mid-19th century saw the prominence of the new sport savate in the combat sports circle. French savate fighters wanted to test their techniques against the traditional combat styles of its time. In 1852, a contest was held in France between French savateurs and English bare-knuckle boxers in which French fighter Rambaud alias la Resistance fought English fighter Dickinson and won using his kicks. However, the English team still won the four other match-ups during the contest. Contests occurred in the late 19th to mid-20th century between French Savateurs and other combat styles. Examples include a 1905 fight between French savateur George Dubois and a judo practitioner Re-nierand which resulted in the latter winning by submission, as well as the highly publicized 1957 fight between French savateur and professional boxer Jacques Cayron and a young Japanese karateka named Mochizuki Hiroo which ended when Cayron knocked Hiroo out with a hook.
Mixed martial arts (MMA), hybrid combat sport incorporating techniques from boxing, wrestling, judo, jujitsu, karate, Muay Thai (Thai boxing), and other disciplines. Although it was initially decried by critics as a brutal blood sport without rules, MMA gradually shed its no-holds-barred image and emerged as one of the worlds fastest-growing spectator sports in the early 21st century. MMA events are sanctioned in many countries and in all 50 U.S. states.
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