What Is the Average Height of a UFC Fighter?

Published 01/21/2023, 4:39 PM EST

The UFC fighters have some significant advantages over the other in terms of physique. Some fighters have long reach; while some have weight advantages during a fight despite weighing the same during official weigh-ins. Moreover, one of the most significant advantages that one fighter has over the other is height. Height is considered proportionate to the strength of a fighter. Height also plays a significant role in the strategy of a fighter. Just ask Stefan Struve, the tallest fighter in the history of the UFC. Here we take a look at the average heights in all the divisions in the UFC.

Men’s division average height

The men’s division in the UFC is divided into 8 weight classes. The flyweight division is the lightest division in the UFC. In this division, the average height is 5 feet 5 inches.

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FlyweightHeight (in meters)
Deiveson Figueredo1.65
Alexandre Pantoja1.65
Brandon Moreno1.7
Kai Kara-Rrance1.65
Brandon Royal1.7
Matheus Nicolau1.68
Alex Perez1.68
Amir Albazi1.65
Matt Schnell1.73
Manuel Kape1.65
David Dvorak1.65
Tim Elliot1.7
Sumudaerjo1.73
Muhammad Mokaev1.75
Jeffrey Molina1.68
Tagir Ulanbekov1.7
Average1.684375

Furthermore, the increase in weight results in an increase in height. The bantamweight division sees an average of 1.72 meters or 5 feet 6 inches in height.

BantamweightHeight (in meters)
Aljamain Sterling1.7
Sean O’Malley1.8
Petr Yan1.71
Merab Dvalishvili1.68
Marlon Vera1.73
Cory Sandhagen1.8
Rob Font1.73
Dominick Cruz1.73
Yadong Song1.73
Pedro Munhoz1.68
Ricky Simon1.68
Umar Nurmagomedov1.73
Chris Gutierrez1.73
Adrian Yanez1.7
Said Nurmagomedov1.73
Jack Shore1.75
Average1.725625

The next weight class is the featherweight division. 5 feet 7 inches or 1.75 meters is the average height in the 145-pound division.

FeatherweightHeight (in meters)
Alex Volkanovski1.68
Max Holloway1.8
Yair Rodriguez1.8
Brian Ortega1.73
Arnold Allen1.73
John Emmet1.75
Chan Sung Jung1.7
Calvin Kattar1.8
Giga Chikadze1.83
Ilia Topuria1.7
Movsar Evloev1.73
Bryce Mitchell1.75
Sodiq Yusuff1.75
Dan Ige1.7
Edson Barboza1.8
Alex Caceres1.75
Average1.75

Moreover, we move into the most popular division in the UFC. The lightweight division has an average height is 1.77 meters or 5 feet 8 inches.

LightweightHeight (in meters)
Islam Makhachev1.78
Charles Oliviera1.8
Dustin Poirier1.75
Justin Gaethje1.8
Beneil Dariush1.78
Michael Chandler1.73
Rafael Fiziev1.72
Mateusz Gamrot1.78
Arman Tsarukyan1.7
Rafael Dos Anjos1.73
Jalin Turner1.9
Dan Hooker1.83
Damir Ismagulov1.78
Renato Moicano1.8
Drew Dober1.73
Grant Dawson1.78
Average1.774375

The welterweight division has an average height of 5 feet 10 inches or 1.82 meters.

WelterweightHeight (in meters)
Leon Edwards1.83
Kamaru Usman1.83
Colby Covington1.8
Khamzat Chimaev1.88
Belal Muhammad1.78
Gilbert Burns1.78
Stephen Thompson1.83
Geoff Neal1.8
Sean Brady1.75
Vincente Luque1.8
Shavkat Rakhmonov1.85
Jorge Masvidal1.8
Neil Magny1.9
Michael Chiesa1.85
Michel Pereira1.85
Li Jingliang1.83
Average1.8225

Further, we go on to the big guys. The middleweight division has fighters with an average of 6 feet or 1.84 meters.

MiddleweightHeight (in meters)
Alex Pereira1.93
Israel Adesanya1.93
Robert Whittaker1.83
Jared Cannonier1.8
Marvin Vettori1.83
Derek Brunson1.85
Paulo Costa1.85
Sean Strickland1.85
Roman Dolidze1.9
Jack Hermansson1.85
Dircus Du Plessis1.83
Andre Muniz1.85
Nassourdine Imavov1.91
Kelvin Gastelum1.75
Chris Curtis1.78
Darren Till1.83
Average1.848125

Moreover, the light heavyweight division has some of the tallest fighters in the UFC. The top 15 ranked fighters in the division are 1.9 meters or 6 feet 2 inches.

Light heavyweightHeight (in meters)
Jiri Prochazka1.9
Glover Teixeria1.88
Magomed Ankalaev1.9
Jan Blachowicz1.88
Aleksander Rakic1.93
Anthony Smith1.93
Jamahal Hill1.93
Nikita Krylov1.9
Paul Craig1.92
Volkan Oezdemir1.85
Ryan Spann1.96
Johnny Walker1.98
Dominick Reyes1.93
Jimmy Crute1.88
Khalil Rountree Jr1.85
Average1.908

Further, the biggest and the ‘baddest’ guys in the UFC have an average height of 1.9 feet or 6 feet 2 inches

HeavyweightHeight (in meters)
Ciryl Gane1.93
Stipe Miocic1.93
Sergie Pavlovich1.9
Curtis Blaydes1.93
Tai Tuivasa1.88
Tom Aspinall1.96
Derrick Lewis1.9
Alexander Volkov2.01
Jairzinho Rozenstruikl1.88
Marcin Tybura1.9
Chris Daukaus1.88
Serghei Spivac1.9
Alexandr Romanov1.88
Blagoy Ivanov1.8
Shamil Abdurakhimov1.9

One interesting fact among the male fighters in the UFC is that the tallest fighter is Alexander Volkov, with a height of 2.01 meters. These stats are formed by looking at the top 15 fighters in the UFC.

Moreover, Carla Esparza is the shortest fighter in the UFC. Let’s take a look at her division.

The average height of women’s division

The women’s division in the UFC starts at flyweight. The average height of the division is 1.61 meters or 5 feet 2 inches.

StrawweightHeight (in meters)
Zhang Weili1.63
Carla Esparza1.55
Rose Namajunas1.65
Amanda Lemos1.63
Jessica Andrade1.57
Marina Rodriguez1.7
Xionan Yan1.65
Mackenzie Dern1.65
Tecia Torres1.55
Amanda Ribas1.63
Virna Jandiroba1.63
Michelle Waterson Gomez1.6
Angela Hill1.63
Luana Pinheiro1.57
Emily Ducote1.57
Polyana Viana1.7
Average1.619375

The women’s bantamweight division has an average height of 5 feet 4 inches or 1.65 meters.

FlyweightHeight (in meters)
Valentina Shevchenko1.65
Manon Fiorot1.7
Taila Santos1.68
Kaitlyn Chookagian1.75
Alexa Grasso1.65
Lauren Murphy1.65
Jessica Andrade1.57
Viviane Araujo1.65
Jennifer Maia1.63
Andrea Lee1.7
Erin Blanchfield1.63
Casey O’Neill1.58
Maycee barber1.65
Tracy Cortez1.65
Cynthia Calvillo1.63
Amanda Ribas1.63
Average1.65

Furthermore, the bantamweight division has an average height of 1.7 meters. It translates to 1.7 meters.

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BantamweightHeight (in meters)
Amanda Nunez1.73
Julianna Pena1.7
Raquel Pennington1.7
Holly Holm1.73
Ketlen Veira1.73
Irene Aldana1.75
Yana Kunikskaya1.72
Pannie Kianzad1.7
Macy Chiasson1.8
Karol Rosa1.7
Miesha Tate1.68
Julia Avila1.7
Lina Lansberg1.7
Norma Dumont1.7
Mayra Bueno Silva1.68
Josiane Nunes1.6
Average1.7075

The featherweight division has an average height of 1.7 meters or 5 feet 5 inches.

FeatherweightHeight
Amanda Nunez1.73
Norma Dumont1.7
Josiane Nunes1.6
Stephanie Egger1.68
Chelsea Chandler1.73
Joselyne Edwards1.73
Leah Leston1.7
Ailin Perez1.65
Danyelle Wolf1.8

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What do you think about the average heights of the fighters? Did any particular stat surprise you?

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Faizan Mirza

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Faizan Mirza is a UFC Writer at Essentially Sports. He has had a keen eye on the UFC since 2015 and is a fan of Conor McGregor because of his attitude and charisma. Faizan had been following McGregor's ascent in the sport.

Edited By: Vineet Nandwana

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