[WATCH] One Of The Reasons The UFC Doesn’t Have A Super-Heavyweight Division

The super heavyweight division in mixed martial arts generally refers to fighters that weigh over 265 lb (120 kg).

Most super-heavyweight fights have occurred in Japan where mixed martial arts organizations are not obligated by law to implement weight classes. Many open-weight bouts are designed around the theme of matching an extraordinarily large fighter against a much smaller but more skilled opponent.

These are known in the business as ‘freak-show fights’ and mean that the distinction between super heavyweight and heavyweight holds little relevance in promotions such as <em>DREAM</em> and the now-defunct <em>Pride Fighting Championships</em>.

In the United States, where state sanctioning laws often prohibit inter-divisional bouts, if two fighters from different divisions clash, they generally do so at a catchweight and the super heavyweight class is only used to pair off two guys who are both above 265 pounds.

The division has never been fully endorsed by any major promotion (especially the UFC) and there are a number of good reasons why; the lack of fighting talent at that weight is often a major reason, but there is also the fact that fighters can get grossly out of shape which leads to potentially dangerous situations such as Kimbo Slice vs Dada 5000.

The big boys often tire a lot quicker too, leading to the spectacle of watching two giants cuddle for long periods of time while they attempt to get their breath back.

There are numerous examples of super heavyweight fights failing to live up to exceptions and whilst respect always has to be given to anybody willing to make the walk to the cage, unfortunately, Mark Potter vs Tomasz Czerwinski was just another example of the disappointment that super heavyweight fights can bring.

Mark Potter retired in 2012 with a respectable pro-MMA record of 5-2 (as well as a pro boxing record of 21-5). This was Czerwinski’s second ever MMA bout but he somehow went on to fight 20 more times, finishing with a record of 8-14.




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