Your Guide to Average UFC Fighters Height

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In every combat sport, the fighter’s height can be a significant advantage. The UFC is no different but with weight and height being closely related, rarely is there a huge mismatch.

But have you ever wondered what’s the average height of a UFC fighter? I’ll answer that question and a lot more below. I’ll not only look at the average height for each division but also the tallest fighters of all time. Let’s take a look!

Average UFC Fighters Height

Before I talk about the heights, I have to explain the UFC weight classes and their importance first. You see, while it’s possible to do the math and calculate the average UFC fighter height, it doesn’t give you the right picture. That’s because there are currently about 1,000 active UFC fighters, men and women combined. 

The number might seem big but given that UFC has eight weight divisions for men and four weight divisions for women, the average height differs by a lot between divisions. To make matters more complicated, not all divisions have the same number of fighters. 

The lightweight division for men is considered the deepest division in terms of competition since it has the most fighters with over 110 active registered fighters. Meanwhile, the light heavyweight division only has 68 active fighters as of writing. Not to mention the women’s featherweight division that has less than 10 active fighters. 

Since the distribution is like that, the overall average height ratio would be heavily skewed towards the lightweight division for men while being skewed towards the flyweight or strawweight divisions for women.

Due ti this, it’s better to look at the average heights across every weight class separately to get a better picture. 

The Average UFC Fighter Height

Here’s a table of average UFC fighter heights per weight division as of September 2023. 

DivisionAverage Height in ft (in cm) 
Heavyweight (265 lb, 120kg)6 ft 2.4 in (189 cm)
Light Heavyweight (205 lb, 95 kg)6 ft 1.4 in (186.43 cm) 
Middleweight (185 lb, 84 kg) 6 ft (183 cm)
Welterweight (170 lb, 77 kg)5 ft 11 in (180.34 cm)
Lightweight (155 lb, 70 kg)5 ft 9.6 in (176.8 cm)
Featherweight (145 lb, 65 kg)5 ft 8.4 in (173.7 cm)
Women’s Featherweight (145 lb, 65 kg)5 ft 7.5 in (171.45 cm)
Bantamweight (135 lb, 61 kg)5 ft 7 in (170.2 cm)
Women’s Bantamweight (135 lb, 61 kg)5 ft 5.3 in (165.86 cm)
Flyweight (125 lb, 56 kg)5 ft 5.6 in (166.6 cm)
Women’s Flyweight (125 lb, 56 kg)5 ft 5 in (165.1 cm)
Strawweight (115 lb, 52 kg)5 ft 3.4 in (161 cm) 

Something to keep in mind with this table is that the average heights are accurate for September 2023 but might change in the future. This is because the number of fighters in every division is low. Here’s a list of total active UFC fighters in every division as of September 2023. 

DivisionTotal active fighters
Light Heavyweight68
Women’s Featherweight8
Women’s Bantamweight29
Women’s Flyweight51

Tallest MMA Fighters of All Time

In the past MMA rules did not include an upper weight limit for the heavyweight category. This made it possible for people like the 616 lb Emmanuel Yarbough to fight in UFC 3. The UFC authorities later implemented weight limits for the heavyweight division as per State Athletic Commission policies.  

However, for the list of the tallest MMA fighters of all time, we’re going to ignore the weight limits since many on the list would fail to qualify as MMA fighters under the new rules. Here’s a list of the tallest male MMA fighters of all time, who were all heavyweights. 

1Stefan Struve6 ft 11.8 in (213 cm)
2Semmy Schilt6 ft 11 in (211 cm)
3Gan McGee6 ft 10 in (208 cm)
4Wes Sims6 ft 10 in (208 cm)
5Dan Christison6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
6Emmanuel Yarbrough6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
7Gerry Harris6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
8Jack May6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
9Paul Varelans6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
10Rafael Carino6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
11Tim Sylvia6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
12Alexander Volkov6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
13Brad Imes6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
14Daniel Spitz6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
15Ednaldo Oliveira6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
16Jon Hess6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
17Koji Kitao6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
18Maurice Green6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
19Sean McCorkle6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
20Travis Browne6 ft 7 in (201 cm)

Tallest UFC Fighters in Every Weight Class Division

Here’s a list of the tallest UFC fighters of all time across every division as of September 2023.

HeavyweightStefan Struve6 ft 11.8 in (213 cm)
Light HeavyweightCyrille Diabate6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
MiddleweightKendal Grove6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
WelterweightMatt Dwyer6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
LightweightCorey Hill6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
FeatherweightWill Chope6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
BantamweightGeorge Roop6 ft 1 in (186 cm)
FlyweightYuta Sasaki 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Women’s FeatherweightMegan Anderson6 ft (183 cm)
Women’s Bantamweight Jessamyn Duke5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Women’s FlyweightKatlyn Chookagian5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Women’s StrawweightNa Liang5 ft 9 in (175 cm)

Tallest Female UFC Fighters of All Time

On average female fighters tend to be shorter than male fighters in similar weight divisions. However, even among the female fighters, there are some fighters that tower above everyone else. Here’s a list of the tallest UFC female fighters of all time. 

FeatherweightMegan Anderson6 ft (183 cm)
BantamweightJessamyn Duke5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
FeatherweightDanyelle Wolf5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
FeatherweightMacy Chiasson5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
FeatherweightZarah Fairn dos Santos5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
BantamweightBea Malecki5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
BantamweightGermaine de Randamie5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
BantamweightIrene Aldana5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
BantamweightLeslie Smith5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
StrawweightJessica Rakoczy5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
FlyweightAntonina Shevchenko5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
FlyweightPoliana Botelho5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
BantamweightAmanda Nunes5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
BantamweightAshlee Evans-Smith5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
BantamweightHolly Holm5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
BantamweightJulija Stoliarenko5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
BantamweightKetlen Vieira5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
BantamweightLucie Pudilova5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
BantamweightWu Yanan5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
BantamweightYuna Kunitskaya5 ft 8 in (173 cm)

Is There a Relationship Between Weight Class and Height in UFC?

Height and weight are closely related to each other in many ways. For example, 6ft UFC fighters are going to be heavier than 5’6 UFC fighters if they are both in shape.

A fighter’s height can make it easy or difficult to meet certain weight class requirements. That isn’t to say that tall fighters can’t qualify for lower weight class divisions or vice versa. However, they will naturally be at a disadvantage when competing in divisions other than what their height is suited for. 

This is because muscle mass and fighting styles have a significant impact on the outcome of a fight. A tall lean fighter can fight in a flyweight division but he will be facing a shorter fighter who will have more muscle mass than him.

At similar weight, the tall person has less muscle mass which in turn means he’s pound-for-pound weaker than the short person. This makes them vulnerable to takedowns and submissions. On the flip side, the likes of 5’10 UFC fighters in the heavyweight division would have to over-bulk on muscle mass to compete in the division.

Because of these obvious disadvantages, fighters tend to fight in weight divisions where they feel the most comfortable maintaining their weight and physique according to their height. Hence every weight class division has many fighters with similar heights.

What’s the Disadvantages and Advantages of Height in UFC?

It’s important to note that MMA is first and foremost a skill-heavy combat sport. At the end of the day, your advantages don’t mean much if you fall short in proper skill. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the three most important factors when considering height differences.


A person’s reach is calculated by the distance between a person’s two middle fingers when their arms are spread out horizontally. In most cases, the reach is very similar to your height but in some cases, the reach can be longer or shorter.

Because of that the ape index is used as a metric for fighters. The ape index is the difference between a person’s height and reach. For example, the current UFC pound-for-pound best fighter Jon Jones has an ape index of +8.5” meaning he has a reach 8.5 inches longer than his height. 

Since the reach is mostly equal to your height, a tall fighter usually has the reach advantage over a shorter opponent. At similar weight classes, the fighter with a longer reach can dish out punishment from a safe distance giving them a huge advantage.


While the reach is an advantage for a tall fighter, it’s a disadvantage when it comes to grappling and groundwork. A shorter fighter has more muscle and strength than a tall fighter at the same weight. Hence the short fighter will have an easier time out-wrestling their opponent. 

The extra muscle mass will also make submissions and chokes of shorter fighters more deadly. This is why fighters with a short height in their divisions tend to specialize in groundwork and submissions. 

Another key factor is the center of gravity, a short fighter has a lower center of gravity that makes them more resilient against tackles and takedowns. Meanwhile, a tall fighter’s high center of gravity makes them more vulnerable to takedowns. 

Speed and Stamina

The bigger your build, the slower you are in a fight. Tall fighters are generally slower than short fighters. This can make them a sitting target for a speedy opponent. Their large frame also makes them a big target making them vulnerable to body shots. 

Still, that isn’t to say that tall fighters can’t be fast. For example, Muhammad Ali, while being a boxer instead of a UFC fighter, was incredibly fast for his height and weight class. Still, fighters like Ali are rare. 


What’s the Biggest Height Difference in a UFC Fight?

Stefan Struve vs. Mark Hunt in 2013 was by far the fight with the biggest height difference. Mark Hunt was shorter than Sturve by more an entire foot, at 5’10” vs. Sturve’s 6’11.8” and a 12.5” reach advantage. The fight ended with Mark Hunt’s victory who fought at an extremely close range leaving Sturve vulnerable and unable to take advantage of his long reach.

Who Is the Tallest UFC Fighter Ever?

Stefan Struve is by far the tallest UFC fighter ever. Many people like to approximate his height to 7 ft which is close enough but his accurate height is slightly less at 6’11.8”, a mere 0.2 inches away from a full 7.

I also see people ask who was the tallest lightweight UFC. The answer to that was Corey Hill who stood at an incredible 6’4 despite being in one of the lower divisions. 

How Tall Is Mighty Mouse?

Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson is 5’3” and fought in the UFC flyweight division. His height was below average for his weight class. However, he had an ape index of +3.15” giving him an above average reach in his weight class.

What is a 5’8 UFC Fighters Weight?

As we’ve mentioned, both height and weight are closely related but there can be a significant difference in natural body type. Someone 5’8 would most likely be a featherweight but they may be in a higher division if they bulked up or a lower division if they were lean.

Due to this, you can have instances where 5’7 UFC fighters weight is more than average 5’11 UFC fighters, for example. It’s important to remember there will always be height differences in the same weight division. 

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