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Recreating UFC's Weight Classes & Ranking Each Division's Top 5 Fighters

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Now, more than ever, a light has been cast upon the troubles of weight cutting in MMA, and with top UFC contender Khabib Nurmagomedov being hospitalized the morning before weighing in for his interim lightweight title fight at UFC 209, there's a growing call for change in the weight cutting process.

Weight cutting is ingrained in the sport and many fighters feel dropping to lower weight classes provided them an added advantage in their fights, so it'd be hard for the UFC to sanction the weight cutting methods of their entire roster. Instead, it'd be easier to add a few new weight divisions and properly space the weight classes.

For example, our weight classes increase by ten pounds beginning at Flyweight (130lbs) for the men and atomweight (110lbs) for the women. The men's division sees a jump after light heavyweight (210lbs), with heavyweight set at 240lbs and super heavyweight at 270lbs.

UFC purists will argue against the idea, citing too many titles, but keep in mind the UFC has made a point to hand out interim titles like candy since 2015. Added divisions would help alleviate the need for these interim belts and provide more champions to headline cards. Similar to boxing, it also allows for fighters to move up or down in weight to challenge for titles and create "super fights."

Take a Look at our redesigned UFC Weight Classes.

Super Heavyweight (270)

Top 5 Rankings

1. Derrick Lewis

2. Alistair Overeem

3. Mark Hunt

4. Alexander Volkov

5. Daniel Omielanczuk

Heavyweight (240)

Top 5 Rankings


1. Stipe Miocic (C)

2. Fabricio Werdum

3. Cain Velasquez

4. Francis Nganno

5. Junior dos Santos

Light Heavyweight (210)

Top 5 Rankings


1. Daniel Cormier (C)

2. Jon Jones

3. Anthony Johnson

4. Alexander Gustafsson

5. Glover Teixeira

Cruiserweight (200)

Top 5 Rankings


1. Yoel Romero

2. Luke Rockhold

3. Jimi Manuwa

4. Mauricio Rua

5. Anderson Silva

Middleweight (190)

Top 5 Rankings


1. Michael Bisping (C)

2. Jacare Souza

3. Gegard Mousasi

4. Chris Weidman

5. Derek Brunson

Junior Middleweight (180)

Top 5 Rankings


1. Stephen Thompson

2. Georges St-Pierre

3. Robert Whittaker

4. Kelvin Gastelum

5. Johny Hendricks

Welterweight (170)

Top 5 Rankings


1. Tyron Woodley (C)

2. Demian Maia

3. Robbie Lawler

4. Jorge Masvidal

5. Neil Magny

Lightweight (160)

Top 5 Rankings


1. Conor McGregor (C)

2. Tony Ferguson

3. Khabib Nurmagomedov

4. Eddie Alvarez

5. Donald Cerrone

Featherweight (150)

Top 5 Rankings


1. Jose Aldo (C)

2. Max Holloway

3. Frankie Edgar

4. Yair Rodriguez

5. Chan Sung Jung

Bantamweight (140)

Top 5 Rankings


1. Cody Garbrandt (C)

2. TJ Dillashaw

3. Dominick Cruz

4. Raphael Assuncao

5. John Lineker

Flyweight (130)

Top 5 Rankings


1. Demetrious Johnson (C)

2. Joseph Benavidez

3. John Dodson

4. Henry Cejudo

5. Wilson Reis

Women's Featherweight (150)

Top 5 Rankings


1. Cris Cyborg

2. Germaine de Randamie (C)

3. Cat Zingano

4. Holly Holm

5. Julianna Pena

Women's Bantamweight (140)

Top 5 Rankings


1. Amanda Nunes (C)

2. Ronda Rousey

3. Liz Carmouche

4. Raquel Pennington

5. Bethe Correia

Women's Flyweight (130)

Top 5 Rankings


1. Valentina Shevchenko

2. Jessica Eye

3. Sara McMann

4. Alexis Davis

5. Joanne Calderwood

Women's Strawweight (120)

Top 5 Rankings


1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (C)

2. Claudia Gadelha

3. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

4. Jessica Andrade

5. Jessica Aguilar

Women's Atomweight (110)

Top 5 Rankings


1. Michelle Waterson

2. Rose Namajunas

3. Paige Van Zant

4. Tecia Torres

5. Carla Esparza
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I personally do not think the addition of extra divisions solves anything with regards to extreme weight cutting, it could even make things worse. Of course if a weight monitoring program is introduced then it is definitely beneficial to the fighters.

I know people think that the divisions are too shallow for additional weight classes, especially at the higher weights, but it could open the door for fighters to fight outside their own weight classes. I mean, surely its better than having divisions held up and interim belts. It would give the fighters more options, the fans more title fights and potential super fights.

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If you look at the UFC roster it's especially fat around the middle which is where the average fighter is just because that's where the average man is naturally going to be. If there is any weight classes that need to be added it's in that middle weight range area. Also there needs to be a super heavyweight of 275 plus just because there are just big or fat guys.

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I think you have ranked it really well.

Especially Featherweight.
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If you look at the UFC roster it's especially fat around the middle which is where the average fighter is just because that's where the average man is naturally going to be. If there is any weight classes that need to be added it's in that middle weight range area. Also there needs to be a super heavyweight of 275 plus just because there are just big or fat guys.
Well the average male height is 5'10, I guess that would be around the average height for LW's and WW's. MMA weight classes are just odd. Middleweight is between LHW and CW in boxing, essentially MMA MW's are big guys, whereas in boxing they are about average, hence "MiddleWeight".

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Well remember that when MMA weight classes were created, middleweight was the only weight class below heavyweight. When the weight classes were realigned, middleweight was bumped down to 185 and light heavyweight was made the below heavyweight division. Also I agree that a cruiserweight division would make things better for middle of the range heavyweights, also King of the Cage has a cruiserweight division at around 225.

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