List of current mixed martial arts champions

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a form of competitive combat sport, akin to boxing, muay thai, or kick boxing. MMA titles, or championship belts, are given to those fighters deemed by a promotional organization to have met a certain standard of athletic accomplishment in a specific weight class (most often by means of a championship fight). Championship belts are fought for at each weight class under a promotion, with only one belt awarded per class. Each belt is usually contested every time the belt holder fights, and passed to the victor of that fight (see the List of UFC champions for a chronology of UFC title belts). A belt may be vacated when a fighter leaves a promotion, or is suspended. At such times an interim champion may be crowned, or the belt may be awarded to the winner of a fight between top contenders.

Anthony Ruiz after winning the PureCombat Middleweight Championship belt

This list displays all title holders for the major, certified MMA promoting and sanctioning bodies. There is no clear industry definition within the MMA community to determine which organizations are considered major promoting bodies.[1] Due to a lack of clear guidelines, this list is limited to those organizations that are either highly regarded (such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Strikeforce), long standing (such as King of the Cage (KOTC) and Pancrase), or the dominant organizations of a country or region of the world (such as England's Ultimate Challenge MMA (UCMMA) and Canada's Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC)).

Because there is no international unified MMA weight class system in use,[2] the Nevada State Athletic Commission's (NSAC) weight classes have been adopted for this article as they are most common across major promotions. Some organizations have created titles in weight classes outside the NSAC guidelines. Those titles have been and will be recognized as subdivisions under their common weight class.[3]

Though unofficial, Fight Matrix considered the first MMA lineal champions as follows:[4]

Although the inaugural lineal champions are sometimes contested, especially at heavyweight; the consensus view, is that all the lineal titles have been unified with their respective weight class UFC titles.

Organizations are listed by a combination of their size (number of fighters, events per year, etc.) and their history (years in existence, title lineage, etc.). Title holders from other organizations, who are now fighting in the UFC, are not included in this list as the UFC does not cross promote and these belts are often vacated.[5]

MenEdit

Heavyweight (265 lb, 120 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Cameroonian
Francis Ngannou UFC March 27, 2021 0
 
American
Ryan Bader Bellator January 26, 2019 0
 
Canadian
Arjan Bhullar One May 15, 2021 0
 
American
Tony Johnson ACA November 26, 2020 2
 
English
Phil De Fries KSW April 14, 2018 5
N/A Vacant CWFC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant M-1 Global N/A N/A
N/A Vacant FNG N/A N/A
 
American
Thomas Petersen LFA July 30, 2021 0
 
Guam
Roque Martinez
(Known as Megatonweight
/ over 205 lb, 93 kg)
Deep July 15, 2017 2
 
Samoan
Mighty Mo
(Over 205 lb, 93 kg)
Road FC September 24, 2016 2
 
South African
Thabani Mndebela EFC August 14, 2021 0
 
American
Tony Lopez KOTC September 25, 2015 5
 
American
Jamelle Jones CFFC March 12, 2021 0
 
American
Greg Rebello CES February 2, 2018 2
 
Brazilian
Andre Miranda Jungle Fight November 23, 2019 0

Cruiserweight (225 lb, 102 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Dutch
Reinier de Ridder
(Known as Light Heavyweight)
One April 28, 2021 0
 
American
Tomar Washington
(230 lb, 104 kg)
KOTC May 11, 2019 0

Light Heavyweight (205 lb, 93 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Brazilian
Glover Teixeira UFC October 30, 2021 0
 
Russian
Vadim Nemkov Bellator August 21, 2020 2
 
Dutch
Reinier de Ridder
(Known as Middleweight)
One October 30, 2020 0
 
Russian
Muslim Magomedov ACA July 16, 2021 0
N/A Vacant Rizin FF N/A N/A
 
Polish
Tomasz Narkun KSW October 31, 2015 4
N/A Vacant CWFC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant M-1 Global N/A N/A
 
Russian
Vagab Vagabov FNG October 16, 2021 0
N/A Vacant Brave CF N/A N/A
N/A Vacant Titan FC N/A N/A
 
American
Josh Silveira LFA September 24, 2021 0
N/A Vacant Pancrase N/A N/A
 
Japanese
Yoshiyuki Nakanishi Deep April 17, 2010[6] 3
 
Cameroonian
Simon Biyong EFC September 28, 2019 0
 
American
Jason Butcher KOTC March 3, 2017 1
 
American
Mike Rhodes CFFC November 22, 2019 0
 
Filipino
Chris Hofmann URCC April 23, 2016 0

Middleweight (185 lb, 84 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Nigerian
Israel Adesanya UFC October 5, 2019 3
 
Dutch
Gegard Mousasi Bellator October 29, 2020 2
 
Kyrgyz
Kiamrian Abbasov
(Known as Welterweight)
One October 25, 2019 1
 
Russian
Salamu Abdurakhmanov ACA April 27, 2019 1
 
Polish
Mamed Khalidov KSW October 10, 2020 1
 
English
Matthew Bonner CWFC June 24, 2021 0
 
Brazilian
Bruno Silva M-1 Global November 2, 2018 0
 
Russian
Vladimir Mineev FNG September 9, 2020 1
 
Lebanese
Mohammad Fakhreddine Brave CF September 17, 2020 0
 
American
Josh Silveira LFA December 3, 2021 0
 
Brazilian
Bruno Assis Titan July 2, 2021 0
 
Japanese
Yuki Niimura Pancrase November 12, 2017 0
 
Brazilian
Joao Batista Yoshimura Deep July 4, 2021 0
N/A Vacant Shooto N/A N/A
 
South Korean
In Su Hwang Road FC July 3, 2021 0
 
American
Matt Lagler KOTC June 22, 2019 0
 
Canadian
Aaron Jeffery CFFC March 12, 2021 0
 
Brazilian
Claudio Cesario Jungle Fight February 15, 2020 0
 
Filipino
Chris Hofmann URCC November 6, 2016 3

Welterweight (170 lb, 77 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Nigerian
Kamaru Usman UFC March 2, 2019 5
 
Ukrainian
Yaroslav Amosov Bellator June 11, 2021 0
 
Korean
Rae Yoon Ok One September 24, 2021 0
 
Russian
Abubakar Vagaev ACA February 26, 2021 0
 
Croatian
Roberto Soldić KSW October 6, 2018 2
 
Irish
Ian Garry CWFC June 26, 2021 0
 
Kazakhstani
Shavkat Rakhmonov M-1 Global March 30, 2019 1
 
Russian
Dmitry Bikrev FNG April 6, 2019 2
 
Jordanian
Jarrah Al-Silawi Brave CF October 4, 2019 1
 
Brazilian
Maycon Mendonça LFA December 4, 2020 0
 
American
Dilano Taylor Titan May 14, 2021 0
 
Japanese
Hiroyuki Tetsuka Pancrase June 30, 2019 0
 
Japanese
Ryuichiro Sumimura Deep July 15, 2017 2
 
Brazilian
Hernani Perpetuo
(Known as Middleweight)
Shooto August 25, 2013 0
 
Zimbabwean
Themba Gorimbo EFC September 28, 2019 1
 
American
Edson Gomez KOTC June 22, 2019 1
 
Canadian
Yohan Lainesse CFFC July 3, 2021 0
 
Brazilian
Vinicius De Jesus CES November 29, 2019 1
 
Brazilian
Wilker Lemos Jungle Fight September 28, 2019 1
 
Filipino
John Adajar URCC September 29, 2018 1

Super Lightweight (165 lb, 75 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Bahraini
Eldar Eldarov Brave CF April 19, 2019 1
 
American
Richie Palomino
(Known as Junior Welterweight)
KOTC September 7, 2019 0

Lightweight (155 lb, 70 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Brazilian
Charles Oliveira UFC May 15, 2021 0
 
Brazilian
Patricky Pitbull Bellator November 5, 2021 0
 
American
Thanh Le
(Known as Featherweight)
One October 30, 2020 0
 
Russian
Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov ACA September 19, 2020 1
 
Brazilian
Roberto Satoshi Souza Rizin FF June 13, 2021 0
 
Polish
Marian Ziółkowski KSW December 19, 2020 1
 
Dutch
Agy Sardari CWFC December 12, 2020 1
 
Russian
Roman Bogatov M-1 Global September 28, 2018 2
 
Azerbaijani
Nariman Abbasov FNG April 26, 2019 2
 
Egyptian
AhmedAmir Brave CF September 25, 2021 0
 
American
Nick Browne LFA January 15, 2021 0
N/A Vacant Titan N/A N/A
 
Japanese
Takasuke Kume Pancrase September 11, 2016 2
 
Japanese
Koji Takeda Deep October 27, 2018 2
 
Japanese
Yamato Nishikawa
(Known as Welterweight)
Shooto September 20, 2021 0
 
French
Mansour Barnaoui Road FC May 18, 2019 0
 
Mexican
Rafa García Combate Global September 20, 2019 1
 
English
Joe Cummins EFC March 16, 2019 0
 
American
Blaze Gill KOTC January 13, 2018 0
 
Kyrgyz
Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov CFFC April 2, 2021 0
 
American
Nate Andrews CES April 6, 2018 2
 
Brazilian
Lucas Almeida Jungle Fight November 30, 2019 1

Featherweight (145 lb, 66 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Australian
Alexander Volkanovski UFC December 14, 2019 2
 
American
A.J. McKee Bellator July 31, 2021 0
 
Brazilian
Bibiano Fernandes
(Known as Bantamweight)
One March 31, 2019 8
 
Russian
Magomedrasul Khasbulaev ACA March 26, 2021 1
 
Japanese
Juntaro Ushiku Rizin FF October 24, 2021 0
 
Brazilian
Daniel Torres KSW January 30, 2021 0
 
English
Jordan Vucenic CWFC March 20, 2021 0
 
American
Nate Landwehr M-1 Global July 21, 2018 2
 
Russian
Mukhamed Eminov FNG March 1, 2020 3
N/A Vacant Brave CF N/A N/A
 
American
Justin Gonzales LFA July 10, 2020 0
 
Jordanian
Ali Al-Qaisi Titan August 6, 2021 0
 
Japanese
Isao Kobayashi Pancrase May 26, 2019 2
 
Japanese
Juntaro Ushiku Deep September 20, 2020 1
 
Japanese
Keisuke Sasu
(Known as Lightweight)
Shooto July 25, 2021 0
 
South Korean
Hae Jin Park Road FC September 4, 2021 0
 
Argentinian
Bruno Cannetti Combate Global August 23, 2019 0
 
Brazilian
Reinaldo Ekson EFC June 12, 2021 1
 
American
Aaron Williams
(Known as Bantamweight)
KOTC December 8, 2019 0
 
American
James Gonzalez CFFC February 1, 2020 0
 
American
Matt Bessette CES January 24, 2020 0
 
Brazilian
Willian Souza Jungle Fight January 31, 2020 0
 
Filipino
Mark Striegl URCC September 29, 2018 1

Bantamweight (135 lb, 61 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
American
Aljamain Sterling UFC March 6, 2021 0
 
American
Sergio Pettis Bellator May 8, 2021 1
 
Brazilian
Adriano Moraes
(Known as Flyweight)
One January 25, 2019 3
 
Russian
Magomed Bibulatov ACA March 26, 2021 0
 
Japanese
Kyoji Horiguchi Rizin FF December 31, 2020 0
 
Polish
Sebastian Przybysz KSW March 20, 2021 1
 
English
Dominique Wooding CWFC September 30, 2021 0
 
Kazakhstani
Sergey Morozov M-1 Global June 28, 2019 1
 
Russian
Vladimir Egoyan FNG February 23, 2021 0
N/A Vacant Brave CF N/A N/A
 
American
Richard Palencia LFA December 3, 2021 0
 
American
Danny Sabatello Titan June 26, 2020 1
 
Brazilian
Rafael Silva Pancrase March 17, 2019 2
 
American
Victor Henry Deep March 9, 2019 0
 
Japanese
Ryo Okada
(Known as Featherweight)
Shooto May 31, 2020 1
 
South Korea
Min Woo Kim Road FC February 23, 2019 1
 
American
Gustavo Lopez Combate Global March 29, 2019 1
 
Zimbabwean
Sylvester Chipfumbu EFC May 8, 2021 0
 
American
Johnny Munoz Jr.
(Known as Flyweight)
KOTC June 22, 2019 0
 
Uzbekistani
Saidyokub Kakharamonov CFFC March 11, 2021 0
 
American
Josh Smith CES April 30, 2021 0
 
Brazilian
Klinger Pinheiro Jungle Fight December 28, 2019 0
 
Filipino
Drex Zamboanga URCC September 15, 2017 1

Flyweight (125 lb, 57 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Mexican
Brandon Moreno UFC June 12, 2021 0
 
Philippines
Joshua Pacio
(Known as Strawweight)
One April 12, 2019 3
 
Russian
Azamat Kerefov ACA February 21, 2020 2
 
English
Sam Creasey CWFC October 2, 2021 0
N/A Vacant M-1 Global N/A N/A
 
Armenian
Moris Boleyan FNG January 22, 2021 1
 
American
Victor Altamarino LFA February 19, 2021 0
 
Brazilian
Victor Dias Titan March 26, 2021 0
 
Japanese
Tatsuro Taira Shooto July 3, 2021 0
 
Japanese
Yamato Fujita Deep February 21, 2021 1
 
Japanese
Senzo Ikeda Pancrase August 20, 2017 1
 
South Korean
Min Jong Song Road FC October 9, 2015 0
 
South African
Luthando Biko EFC December 4, 2021 0
 
American
Reuben Duran KOTC February 24, 2018 0
 
American
Phumi Nkuta CFFC March 11, 2021 1
 
American
Blaine Shutt CES January 24, 2020 0
 
Brazilian
Kleydson Rodrigues Jungle Fight October 26, 2019 0
 
Filipino
Ernesto Montilla Jr. URCC September 29, 2018 1

Strawweight (115 lb, 52 kg)Edit

riaz Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Japanese
Daichi Kitakata Pancrase July 21, 2019 0
 
Japanese
Namiki Kawahara Deep August 23, 2020 0
 
Japanese
Hiroshi Minowa
(Known as Flyweight)
Shooto January 15, 2020 0

WomenEdit

Women athletes are generally smaller than, and compete at lower weights than their male counterparts.[7]

Featherweight (145 lb, 66 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Brazilian
Amanda Nunes UFC December 29, 2018 2
 
Brazilian
Cris Cyborg Bellator January 25, 2020 3
 
American
Pam Sorenson Invicta FC August 9, 2019 0

Bantamweight (135 lb, 61 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Brazilian
Amanda Nunes UFC July 9, 2016 5
 
American
Taneisha Tennant Invicta FC August 27, 2021 0
N/A Vacant FNG N/A N/A
N/A Vacant LFA N/A N/A
 
South Korean
Ji Yeon Kim Deep Jewels August 29, 2015 0
N/A Vacant Pancrase N/A N/A
 
South African
Amanda Lino EFC May 26, 2018 0
N/A Vacant CFFC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant Jungle Fight N/A N/A

Flyweight (125 lb, 57 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Kyrgyz
Valentina Shevchenko UFC December 8, 2018 6
 
Brazilian
Juliana Velasquez Bellator December 10, 2020 1
 
Chinese
Xiong Jing Nan
(Known as Strawweight)
One January 20, 2018 5
 
Mexican
Karina Rodríguez Invicta FC May 21, 2021 0
N/A Vacant LFA N/A N/A
 
Brazilian
Sidy Rocha Pancrase April 14, 2019 0
 
French
Manon Fiorot EFC December 14, 2019 0
 
American
Glena Avila
(Known as Junior Flyweight)
KOTC October 8, 2016 0
N/A Vacant CFFC N/A N/A
 
Brazilian
Natalia Silva Jungle Fight October 19, 2019 1
 
Filipina
Geli Bulaong URCC April 27, 2019 0

Strawweight (115 lb, 52 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
American
Rose Namajunas UFC April 24, 2021 2
 
American
Angela Lee
(Known as Atomweight)
One May 6, 2016 4
 
American
Emily Ducote Invicta FC August 27, 2021 0
 
Venezuelan
Piera Rodriguez LFA April 23, 2021 0
 
Japanese
Emi Fujino Pancrase December 8, 2019 0
 
Japanese
Seika Izawa Deep Jewels June 19, 2021 0
 
Mexican
Melissa Martinez Combate Global December 7, 2019 0
 
Polish
Karolina Wójcik EFC December 8, 2018 0
 
American
Loveth Young KOTC October 27, 2018 0
 
American
Elise Reed CFFC August 13, 2020 2
N/A Vacant Jungle Fight N/A N/A

Atomweight (105 lb, 48 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
American
Alesha Zappitella Invicta FC September 17, 2020 1
 
Japanese
Ayaka Hamasaki
(Known as Super Atomweight
/ 108 lb, 49 kg)
Rizin FF December 31, 2020 2
 
Japanese
Saori Oshima Deep Jewels June 19, 2021 0
 
South Korean
Yu Ri Shim Road FC September 4, 2021 0
 
Japanese
Satomi Takano
(Known as Super Atomweight
/ 108 lb, 49 kg)
Shooto November 5, 2021 0
 
American
Jayme Hinshaw KOTC November 10, 2017 1

Microweight (97 lb, 44 kg)Edit

riaz Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Japanese
Saori Oshima Deep September 20, 2020 0
 
Thai
Suwanan Boonsorn Deep Jewels November 5, 2020 0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Canadian Press Staff (August 14, 2010). "Ontario to allow mixed martial arts starting in 2011". Bell Media.
  2. ^ Robert Rousseau. "MMA Doesn't Need 14 Weight Classes". SubmitToMMA.com. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
  3. ^ Michael David Smith (June 7, 2010). "Frank Mir Moving Down? Maybe MMA Needs Cruiserweight Division". AOL Inc.
  4. ^ "Fight Matrix - Lineal Championship Histories". fightmatrix.com.
  5. ^ Sammy Perez (November 8, 2010). ""Slammin' Sammy" on MMA Cross Promotion & Risks!". ringtalk.com.
  6. ^ EKP (April 17, 2010). "Deep 47 Impact Results". headkicklegend.com.
  7. ^ Hyde & Gengenbach. "Anatomical and Physiological Considerations when comparing Male and Female Athletes". San Diego Center for Health. Retrieved July 26, 2011.