Mixed martial arts (MMA) just like any other kind of martial arts is practiced by both men and women of different body sizes and weights. Some people practice it for personal fitness while others practice mixed martial arts as a career. They perfect it as professionals either to open their gyms and be trainers or to participate in championships as we see in the Delaware MMA scene.
Delaware MMA weight classes are also referred to as weight categories. They are classes of body weights that give a guideline on people who can have a fight in the game. These classes have different names representing the range of weight in the class. They range from flyweight to super heavyweight in the United States. The weight classes for men are different from those for women.
In the championships, it would be unfair to let a competitor of 130 kg compete against an opponent of 60 kg. The bigger one will have a competitive advantage from his weight. Due to this case it was necessary to come up with weight classes accepted everywhere. Different countries have set varying weight classes so to look at weight classes one should be country specific or specific championship as some events have their class weights if there is no standard class weights in that country.
America is the only country with a unified weight division for men. These classes were first sanctioned officially in California on 28th December 2005 (later for Delaware) and have since been adopted in many other states as the standard weight classes for MMA. Each division has 10 pounds, and there are nine divisions in total. The classes are listed below
Flyweight: This is the lowest class in terms of body weight. Any MMA competitor who has the minimum weight acceptable to participate in the championship but his weight does not exceed 125 pounds (56.7 kg) competes in this class.
Bantamweight: This is the second division for competitors with weight above 125 lb (56.7 kg) to 135 lb (61.2 kg)
Featherweight: This is the name given to the third weight class in MMA. It ranges from 135 lb (61.2 kg) to 145 lb (65.8 kg).
Lightweight: This is the fourth weight class and fighters of weight between 145 lb (65.8 kg) to 155 lb (70.3 kg) compete in this division
Welterweight: The fifth weight class in the divisions of American MMA. The class ranges from 155 lb (70.3 kg) to 170 lb (77.1 kg)
Middleweight: This is a category for MMA professionals with their body mass between 170 lb (77.1 kg) to 185 lb (83.9 kg)
Light Heavyweight: The seventh weight class which ranges from 185 lb (83.9 kg) to 205 lb (93 kg).
Heavyweight: The 8th weight class. This class is for heavily built fighters and it ranges from 205 lb (93 kg) to 265 lb (120.2 kg)
Super Heavyweight: The ninth and the last category. This class is for anybody else who does not fit in any of the above categories because their body weights are more than 205 lb. This division only has the minimum weight 205 lb (120.2 kg) but has no maximum weight.
A fighter can fight in two different categories if his or her weight lies exactly and the border between one class and the other as laid out by the Delaware mixes martial arts gym http://dauntlessmma.com/. But this is not allowed to happen in the same championship. For instance, a fighter weighing 77.1 kg can choose to compete in either middleweight or welterweight because he falls under both divisions.
There is no unified weight category for women in any country in the world. Each championship sets own classes. The classes Invicta Fighting Championship (IFC) has set for women are five. Here they are
Atomweight: This is the first class. It has an upper limit weight as 105 lb (48 kg)
Strawweight: The second category IFC has set for women who range from 105 lb (48 kg) to 115 lb (52.2 kg)
Flyweight: The third weight category IFC has set. In this category fighters who can compete should have weight between 115 lb (52.2 kg) to 125 lb (56.7 kg)
Bantamweight: The fourth category which has a minimum weight of 125 lb (56.7 kg) and a maximum weight of 135 lb (61.2 kg)
Featherweight: This is the fifth and the last category IFC has set. It ranges from 135 lb (61.2 kg) to 145 lb (65.8 kg)
To compete in international championships or other countries, you should ask the organizers that weight classes they have to know under which category you can compete.