Wednesday voted unanimously to adopt four new weight classes to
mixed martial arts.
The new divisions added to the Unified Rules of MMA during the
annual ABC convention in Connecticut are as follows: super
lightweight (165 pounds), super welterweight (175 pounds), super
middleweight (195 pounds) and cruiserweight (225 pounds).
The adoption of the new weight classes does not mean that MMA
promotions will be required to add those divisions at any time.
California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster
initially proposed the new weight classes as part of his 10-point
plan to curb extreme weight cutting.
“Just because cruiserweight now exists doesn’t mean that the UFC or
Bellator or anybody else has to put in a cruiserweight division,”
ABC chairman of the rules and regulations committee Sean Wheelock
MMAFighting.com. “MMA promotions run their own belts — you can
do a title at a 162.2 pounds if you want.”