Flyweight is a weight class in combat sports.
Flyweight is a class in boxing which includes fighters weighing above 49 kg (108 lb) and up to 51 kg (112 lb).
Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a boxing ring.
The flyweight division was the last of boxing's eight traditional weight classes to be established. Before 1909, anyone below featherweight was considered a bantamweight, regardless of how small the boxer. In 1911, the organization that eventually became the British Boxing Board of Control held a match that crowned Sid Smith as the first flyweight champion of the world. Jimmy Wilde, who reigned from 1914 to 1923, was the first fighter recognized both in Britain and the United States as a flyweight champion.
Featherweight is a weight class in the combat sports of boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and Greco-Roman wrestling.
Bantamweight is a weight class in combat sports.
The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) is the governing body of professional boxing in the United Kingdom. It was formed in 1929 from the old National Sporting Club and is headquartered in Cardiff.
Other notable flyweights include Pancho Villa, Walter McGowan, Pascual Pérez, Pone Kingpetch, Fighting Harada, Masao Ohba, Chartchai Chionoi, Efren Torres, Erbito Salavarria, Miguel Canto, Dave McAuley, Charlie Magri, Gabriel Bernal, Santos Laciar, Sot Chitalada, Yong-Kang Kim, Yuri Arbachakov, Danny Romero, Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, Manny Pacquiao, Jorge Arce, Vic Darchinyan, Nonito Donaire, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Amnat Ruenroeng, Román González, McWilliams Arroyo, Donnie Nietes and Nicola Adams.
Francisco Guilledo, more commonly known as Pancho Villa, was a Filipino professional boxer. Villa, who stood only 5 feet and 1 inch (154 cm) tall and never weighed more than 114 pounds (51 kg), despite the racial discrimination of that time, rose from obscurity to become the first Asian to win the World Flyweight Championship in 1923, earning the reputation in some quarters as one of the greatest Flyweight boxers in history. He was never knocked out in his entire boxing career, which ended with his sudden death at only twenty-three from complications following a tooth extraction.
Walter McGowan, MBE, was a Scottish boxer born in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire. He was known for having been the world flyweight champion.
Pone Kingpetch, also known as Mana Seedokbuab was a professional Thai boxer and three time world flyweight champion.
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam holds the record for most consecutive title defenses at this division, with 19 defenses of the WBC title.
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam is a Thai former professional boxer and current boxing trainer. He is a two-time former lineal flyweight champion.
The World Boxing Council (WBC) is one of four major organizations which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). Many historically high-profile bouts have been sanctioned by the organization with various legendary fighters having been recognised as WBC World champions. All four organizations recognise the legitimacy of each other, and each have interwoven histories dating back several decades.
|Sanctioning Body||Reign Began||Champion||Record||Defenses|
|WBA||February 24, 2018||18–0–0 (13 KO)||2|
|WBC||December 22, 2018||15–1–0 (6 KO)||1|
|IBF||July 15, 2018||38–2–0 (25 KO)||2|
|WBO||September 24, 2018||13–0–0 (7 KO)||1|
Below is a list of longest reigning flyweight champions in boxing measured by the individual's longest reign. Career total time as champion ( for multiple time champions) does not apply.
|Name||Title reign||Title recognition||Successful defenses|
|1.||7 years, 10 months||WBO||16|
|2.||7 years, 4 months, 4 days||World||5|
|3.||6 years, 4 months, 16 days||WBC||19|
|4.||5 years, 8 months, 6 days||IBF||6|
|5.||5 years, 4 months, 20 days||World||16|
|6.||5 years, 4 months, 19 days||WBC||9|
|7.||4 years, 2 months, 10 days||WBC||14|
|8.||4 years, 1 month, 23 days||IBF||4|
|9.||4 years, 1 month, 12 days||NBA||N/A|
|10.||3 years, 9 months, 16 days||WBC||6|
At the 1904 Summer Olympics, seven boxing events were contested. The competitions were held on Wednesday, September 21, 1904 and on Thursday, September 22, 1904. Contestants in lighter weight classes could also compete in heavier classes. Oliver Kirk, winning the bantamweight and featherweight categories, thus became the only boxer to have won two gold medals in the same Olympics. George Finnegan, Harry Spanjer and Charles Mayer won one gold and one silver medal.
George V. Finnegan was an American bantamweight and flyweight boxer who competed in the early twentieth century. He died in San Francisco, California.
The United States hosted the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri.
Pan American Champions
The Men's Boxing Tournament at the 1951 Pan American Games was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from February 25 to March 8, with the hosting nation winning in all eight weight divisions.
Alberto Barenghi is an Argentine boxer. He competed in the men's flyweight event at the 1952 Summer Olympics.
Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is a country located mostly in the southern half of South America. Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with Chile to the west, the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south. With a mainland area of 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 sq mi), Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the fourth largest in the Americas, and the largest Spanish-speaking nation. The sovereign state is subdivided into twenty-three provinces and one autonomous city, Buenos Aires, which is the federal capital of the nation as decided by Congress. The provinces and the capital have their own constitutions, but exist under a federal system. Argentina claims sovereignty over part of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
In kickboxing, a flyweight fighter generally weighs 53 kg (116 lb) or under. The International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Flyweight division (professional and amateur) is 112.1 lbs. – 117 lbs. or 50.95 kg – 53.18 kg.
The flyweight division in mixed martial arts – as defined the Nevada State Athletic Commission combat sports doctrineand by the Association of Boxing Commissions – groups together all competitors 125 lb (57 kg) and below.
The flyweight division in mixed martial arts – as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission combat sports doctrine lb (57 kg) and below. It sits between Strawweight (106 lbs-115 lbs) and Bantamweight (126 lbs-135lbs).and by the Association of Boxing Commissions – groups together all competitors 125
The flyweight division in mixed martial arts refers to a number of different weight classes:
On February 3, 2009, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) announced they would be adding a flyweight division set at 125 lb, however the division was never instituted. When the UFC and WEC merged, UFC president Dana White indicated that the Ultimate Fighting Championship would likely add a flyweight division in the future. The UFC flyweight division was officially announced in 2011; with the inaugural champion being decided by way of a four-man tournament that began with the semifinal round held at the UFC on FX 2 event in Sydney Australia on March 2, 2012. Joseph Benavidez won his semi-final at UFC on FX 2 while Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall fought to a draw. Johnson and McCall rematched at UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall on June 8, 2012 with Johnson advancing. Johnson won the first UFC flyweight championship with his win over Benavidez at UFC 152.
These tables are not always up to date. Last updated on May 5, 2018.
|UFC||August 4, 2018||14-2 (6KO)||1|
|ONE Championship||June 23, 2018||11-6 (2KO 2SUB)||0|
|Fight Nights Global||August 31, 2018||12-3-0 (7TKO 2SUB)||0|
|Legacy Fighting Alliance||April 20, 2018||6-1 (1KO 3SUB)||0|
|Bellator MMA||November 3, 2017||8-0 (1KO 5SUB)||1|
|KSW||May 27, 2017||11-3 (6KO 2SUB)||2|
|Legacy Fighting Alliance||May 27, 2017||5-0 (2KO)||0|
Welterweight is a weight class in combat sports. Originally the term "welterweight" was used only in boxing, but other combat sports like Muay Thai, taekwondo, and mixed martial arts also use it for their own weight division system to classify the opponents. In most sports that use it, welterweight is heavier than lightweight but lighter than middleweight.
World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) was an American mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion founded in 2001. It was purchased by Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), in 2006. In its final incarnation, it was made up of 3 weight classes: 135 lb (61 kg), 145 lb (66 kg) and 155 lb (70 kg). To accommodate the smaller fighters, WEC's cage was 25 feet (7.6 m) in diameter—5 feet (1.5 m) smaller than the standard UFC cage.
The lightweight division in mixed martial arts contains different weight classes:
The flyweight division in mixed martial arts – as defined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission combat sports doctrine and by the Association of Boxing Commissions – groups together all competitors 125 lb (57 kg) and below. It sits between Strawweight and Bantamweight.
The bantamweight division in mixed martial arts refers to a number of different weight classes:
The welterweight division in mixed martial arts contains different weight classes:
The middleweight division in mixed martial arts refers to different weight classes:
The featherweight division in mixed martial arts refers to different weight classes:
The light heavyweight division in mixed martial arts contains different weight classes:
The heavyweight division in mixed martial arts (MMA) generally groups fighters between 206–265 lb (93.4–120.2 kg).
Eddie Wineland is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2003, Wineland is a former WEC Bantamweight Champion. As of 26 July 2018, he is the #15 ranked contender in the official UFC bantamweight rankings.
Joseph Rolando Benavidez is an American mixed martial artist. After fighting in smaller shows while working as a screen printer in Las Cruces, New Mexico, he joined up with Urijah Faber's Team Alpha Male in 2007. He has since fought in Dream and more recently the World Extreme Cagefighting promotion. He currently fights as a flyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His fighting style has drawn comparisons to training partner and former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber.On April 27, 2010, the Mayor and City Council of the City of Las Cruces proclaimed April 27 as Joseph Benavidez Day in Las Cruces. As of December 18, 2018, he is ranked #2 in the official UFC flyweight rankings.
Yasuhiro Urushitani is a Japanese mixed martial artist competing in the flyweight division. Urushitani held the Shooto bantamweight championship from 2010 to 2012 before vacating it to sign with the UFC. He was among the first flyweight fighters to fight in the UFC, Urushitani is currently signed to One Fighting Championship.
Palace Fighting Championship (PFC) was a mixed martial arts (MMA) organization based in the United States that was created in 2007 by Christian Printup. It ceased operations in 2009.
The strawweight division in mixed martial arts generally refers to competitors weighing between 106 and 115 lb. It sits between the lighter atomweight division and the heavier flyweight division.
Demetrious Khrisna Johnson is an American mixed martial artist and former freestyle wrestler. He is currently signed to ONE Championship, in which he competes in the men's flyweight division. He is the inaugural and former UFC Flyweight Champion and currently holds the UFC record for most consecutive title defenses with 11. Known for his quick striking and elusive movement, Johnson has also landed the most takedowns in UFC flyweight history and co-holds the record for the latest finish in UFC history with a submission win at 4:59 of the fifth round against Kyoji Horiguchi. He is also the only UFC fighter to record over 10 takedowns in three different fights. Demetrious Johnson holds the record for most finishes in UFC flyweight history with 7.
WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki was a mixed martial arts event held by World Extreme Cagefighting on November 11, 2010 at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas.
Ian Gregory McCall is a retired American mixed martial artist who competed in the Flyweight and Bantamweight divisions of several prominent MMA promotions, including Ultimate Fighting Championship, Rizin Fighting Federation and World Extreme Cagefighting. He is also a former TPF Flyweight Champion. In between his fights in January 2015 and December 2017, he had been booked for six consecutive cancelled fights, four of which were cancelled during the week of.