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 1
 
American
Ryan Bader Bellator January 26, 2019 2
 
Canadian
Arjan Bhullar One May 15, 2021 0
 
Russian
Alikhan Vakhaev ACA August 27, 2022 0
 
English
Phil De Fries KSW April 14, 2018 7
N/A Vacant CWFC N/A N/A
 
Russian
Grigoriy Ponomarev FNG October 14, 2022 0
N/A Vacant LFA N/A N/A
 
Guam
Roque Martinez
(Known as Megatonweight
/ over 205 lb, 93 kg)
Deep July 15, 2017 2
N/A Vacant Jungle Fight N/A N/A
 
American
Greg Velasco CFFC October 8, 2022 0
 
Congolese
Matunga Djikasa EFC October 6, 2022 0
N/A Vacant Road FC N/A N/A
 
Russian
Rizvan Kuniev Eagle FC December 20, 2020 2
 
American
Tony Lopez KOTC September 25, 2015 5
 
American
Greg Rebello CES February 2, 2018 2

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
N/A Vacant UFC N/A N/A
 
Russian
Vadim Nemkov Bellator August 21, 2020 3
 
Dutch
Reinier de Ridder
(Known as Middleweight)
One October 30, 2020 0
 
Russian
Muslim Magomedov ACA July 16, 2021 2
N/A Vacant Rizin FF N/A N/A
 
Turkish
Ibragim Chuzhigaev KSW January 15, 2022 0
N/A Vacant CWFC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant Brave CF N/A N/A
 
Russian
Vagab Vagabov FNG October 16, 2021 1
 
Brazilian
Bruno Lopes LFA September 30, 2022 0
N/A Vacant Pancrase N/A N/A
N/A Vacant Deep N/A N/A
 
American
Mike Rhodes CFFC November 22, 2019 0
N/A Vacant EFC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant Titan FC N/A N/A
 
Kazakhstani
Diyar Nurgozhay Eagle FC August 21, 2022 0

Middleweight (185 lb, 84 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Brazilian
Alex Pereira UFC November 12, 2022 0
 
American
Johnny Eblen Bellator June 24, 2022 0
 
American
Christian Lee
(Known as Welterweight)
One November 19, 2022 0
 
Russian
Magomedrasul Gasanov ACA April 9, 2021 2
N/A Vacant KSW N/A N/A
 
English
Christian Leroy Duncan CWFC April 2, 2022 1
N/A Vacant Brave CF N/A N/A
 
Russian
Vladimir Mineev FNG September 9, 2020 1
 
American
Ozzy Diaz LFA March 25, 2022 0
 
Japanese
Yura Naito Pancrase March 21, 2022 0
 
Brazilian
Joao Batista Yoshimura Deep July 4, 2021 0
N/A Vacant Shooto N/A N/A
N/A Vacant Jungle Fight N/A N/A
 
American
Donovan Beard CFFC July 29, 2022 0
 
South African
Luke Michael EFC March 5, 2022 0
 
South Korean
In Su Hwang Road FC July 3, 2021 0
 
Brazilian
Bruno Assis Titan July 2, 2021 0
 
Tajikistani
Faridun Odilov Eagle FC February 9, 2021 1
N/A Vacant CES N/A N/A
 
American
Matt Lagler KOTC June 22, 2019 0

Welterweight (170 lb, 77 kg or 175 lb, 79 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
English
Leon Edwards UFC August 20, 2022 0
 
Ukrainian
Yaroslav Amosov Bellator June 11, 2021 0
 
American
Christian Lee
(Known as Lightweight)
One August 26, 2022 2
 
Russian
Abubakar Vagaev ACA February 26, 2021 0
N/A Vacant KSW N/A N/A
 
Irish
Rhys McKee CWFC June 25, 2022 0
 
Polish
Marcin Bandel
(175 lb, 79 kg)
Brave CF October 19, 2022 0
 
Russian
Dmitry Bikrev FNG April 6, 2019 3
N/A Vacant LFA N/A N/A
 
Japanese
Masayuki Kikuiri Pancrase May 26, 2022 0
 
Japanese
Daichi Abe Deep May 25, 2022 0
 
Brazilian
Hernani Perpetuo
(Known as Middleweight)
Shooto August 25, 2013 0
N/A Vacant Jungle Fight N/A N/A
 
American
Raheam Forest CFFC November 18, 2022 0
 
South African
Ziko Makengele EFC April 9, 2022 0
 
American
Dilano Taylor Titan May 14, 2021 1
 
Tajikistani
Samandar Murodov
(175 lb, 79 kg)
Eagle FC September 17, 2021 0
N/A Vacant CES N/A N/A
 
American
Edson Gomez KOTC June 22, 2019 1

Light Welterweight (165 lb, 75 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Bahraini
Eldar Eldarov
(Known as Super Lightweight)
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
 
Russian
Islam Makhachev UFC October 22, 2022 0
 
Russian
Usman Nurmagomedov Bellator November 18, 2022 0
 
Chinese
Tang Kai
(Known as Featherweight)
One August 26, 2022 0
 
Russian
Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov ACA September 19, 2020 1
 
Brazilian
Roberto Satoshi de Souza Rizin FF June 13, 2021 2
 
Polish
Marian Ziółkowski KSW December 19, 2020 3
 
English
George Hardwick CWFC July 22, 2022 1
 
Egyptian
Ahmed Amir Brave CF September 25, 2021 0
 
Azerbaijani
Nariman Abbasov FNG April 26, 2019 4
 
American
Aaron McKenzie LFA April 8, 2022 0
 
Japanese
Takasuke Kume Pancrase September 11, 2016 3
 
Japanese
Juri Ohara Deep March 15, 2022 1
N/A Vacant (Known as Welterweight) Shooto N/A N/A
 
Brazilian
John David Jungle Fight July 31, 2022 0
 
American
Kendly St. Louis CFFC November 10, 2022 0
N/A Vacant EFC N/A N/A
 
Korean
Si Won Park Road FC July 23, 2022 0
N/A Vacant Combate Global N/A N/A
 
American
Landon Quinones Titan April 10, 2022 1
 
Russian
Mehdi Dakaev Eagle FC December 4, 2020 2
 
American
Blaze Gill KOTC January 13, 2018 0
 
American
Nathan Ghareeb CES November 17, 2021 0

Featherweight (145 lb, 66 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Australian
Alexander Volkanovski UFC December 14, 2019 4
 
Brazilian
Patrício Pitbull Bellator April 15, 2022 1
N/A Vacant
(Known as Bantamweight)
ONE October 20, 2022
 
Russian
Magomedrasul Khasbulaev ACA March 26, 2021 1
 
Japanese
Kleber Koike Erbst Rizin FF October 23, 2022 0
 
French
Salahdine Parnasse KSW December 18, 2021 1
 
Irish
Paul Hughes CWFC November 4, 2022 0
 
Russian
Roman Bogatov Brave CF October 22, 2022 0
 
Russian
Gleb Khabibulin FNG October 14, 2022 0
N/A Vacant LFA N/A N/A
 
Japanese
Isao Kobayashi Pancrase May 26, 2019 2
 
Japanese
Juntaro Ushiku Deep September 20, 2020 2
 
Japanese
Keisuke Sasu
(Known as Lightweight)
Shooto July 25, 2021 0
 
Brazilian
Bruno Fontes Jungle Fight September 18, 2022 0
N/A Vacant CFFC N/A N/A
 
Congolese
Igeu Kabesa EFC November 3, 2022 0
 
Jordanian
Ali Al-Qaisi Titan August 6, 2021 0
N/A Vacant Combate Global N/A N/A
 
South Korean
Soo Chul Kim Road FC May 14, 2022 0
 
Russian
Rasul Magomedov Eagle FC August 10, 2022 0
 
American
Juan Beltran
(Known as Bantamweight)
KOTC December 5, 2021 0
 
American
Matt Bessette CES January 24, 2020 0

Bantamweight (135 lb, 61 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
American
Aljamain Sterling UFC March 6, 2021 2
 
American
Sergio Pettis Bellator May 8, 2021 1
 
American
Demetrious Johnson
(Known as Flyweight)
One August 27, 2022 0
 
Russian
Oleg Borisov ACA March 26, 2022 0
 
Japanese
Kyoji Horiguchi Rizin FF December 31, 2020 0
 
Polish
Sebastian Przybysz KSW March 20, 2021 2
 
Italian
Michele Martignoni CWFC October 7, 2022 0
 
Canadian
Brad Katona Brave CF March 11, 2022 1
 
Kazakhstani
Sabit Zhusupov FNG October 14, 2022 0
N/A Vacant LFA N/A N/A
 
Japanese
Taichi Nakajima Pancrase December 11, 2021 0
N/A Vacant Deep N/A N/A
 
Japanese
Tatsuya Ando
(Known as Featherweight)
Shooto March 21, 2022 0
 
Brazilian
Willian Souza Jungle Fight March 27, 2022 0
 
American
Da'Mon Blackshear CFFC November 19, 2021 1
N/A Vacant EFC N/A N/A
 
American
Ira Lukowsky Titan December 17, 2021 0
 
South Korea
Min Woo Kim Road FC February 23, 2019 1
 
Mexican
David Martinez Combate Global May 29, 2021 1
 
Russian
Renat Khavalov Eagle FC March 19, 2021 2
 
American
Ashiek Ajim CES June 17, 2022 0

Flyweight (125 lb, 57 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Brazilian
Deiveson Figueiredo UFC January 22, 2022 0
 
Philippines
Joshua Pacio
(Known as Strawweight)
One April 12, 2019 3
 
Russian
Imran Bukuev ACA February 26, 2022 0
 
English
Sam Creasey CWFC October 2, 2021 1
 
Russian
Vartan Asatryan FNG February 23, 2022 0
 
Brazilian
Carlos Mota LFA August 26, 2022 0
 
Japanese
Makoto Takahashi Deep May 8, 2022 0
 
Japanese
Satoru Enomoto Pancrase March 21, 2022 0
 
Japanese
Tatsuro Taira
(Known as Bantamweight)
Shooto July 3, 2021 0
 
Brazilian
Igor Severino Jungle Fight August 27, 2022 0
 
Japanese
Makoto Takahashi CFFC November 10, 2022 0
 
South African
Luthando Biko EFC December 4, 2021 1
 
Brazilian
Victor Dias Titan March 26, 2021 1
N/A Vacant Road FC N/A N/A
 
Russian
Irgit Oveenchi Eagle FC August 10, 2022 0
 
American
Mitch Raposo CES November 17, 2020 0

Strawweight (115 lb, 52 kg)Edit

riaz Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Japanese
Keito Yamakita Pancrase July 18, 2022 0
 
Japanese
Namiki Kawahara Deep August 23, 2020 0
 
Japanese
Jo Arai
(Known as Flyweight)
Shooto September 19, 2022 0

WomenEdit

Women athletes are generally smaller than, and compete at lower weights than their male counterparts.[6]

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
N/A Vacant Invicta FC N/A N/A
 
Japanese
Yoko Higashi Deep Jewels May 8, 2022 0

Bantamweight (135 lb, 61 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Brazilian
Amanda Nunes UFC July 30, 2022 0
 
American
Taneisha Tennant Invicta FC August 27, 2021 1
N/A Vacant FNG N/A N/A
N/A Vacant LFA N/A N/A
N/A Vacant Deep Jewels N/A N/A
N/A Vacant Pancrase N/A N/A
 
Brazilian
Kelly Ottoni Jungle Fight July 31, 2022 0
N/A Vacant CFFC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant EFC N/A N/A

Flyweight (125 lb, 57 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Kyrgyz
Valentina Shevchenko UFC December 8, 2018 7
 
American
Liz Carmouche Bellator April 22, 2022 0
 
Chinese
Xiong Jing Nan
(Known as Strawweight)
One January 20, 2018 7
N/A Vacant Invicta FC N/A N/A
 
Canadian
Jamey-Lyn Horth LFA December 10, 2021 0
 
Japanese
Rin Nakai Deep Jewels May 8, 2022 0
 
Brazilian
Sidy Rocha Pancrase April 14, 2019 0
N/A Vacant Jungle Fight N/A N/A
N/A Vacant CFFC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant EFC N/A N/A

Strawweight (115 lb, 52 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Chinese
Zhang Weili UFC November 12, 2022 0
 
American
Angela Lee
(Known as Atomweight)
One May 6, 2016 5
 
Brazilian
Valesca Machado Invicta FC November 16, 2022 0
N/A Vacant LFA N/A N/A
 
Japanese
Karen Pravajra Pancrase March 21, 2022 0
 
Japanese
Seika Izawa Deep Jewels March 15, 2022 0
 
Brazilian
Stephanie Luciano Jungle Fight November 13, 2022 0
N/A Vacant CFFC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant EFC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant Combate Global N/A N/A

Super Atomweight (108 lb, 49 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Japanese
Seika Izawa
Rizin FF April 17, 2022 0
 
Japanese
Satomi Takano Shooto November 5, 2021 0

Atomweight (105 lb, 47,5 kg)Edit

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
American
Jillian DeCoursey Invicta FC September 28, 2022 0
 
Japanese
Saori Oshima Deep Jewels June 20, 2021 1
 
Japanese
Chihiro Sawada Shooto November 27, 2022 0
 
South Korean
Yu Ri Shim Road FC September 4, 2021 0

Microweight (95 lb, 43 kg)Edit

riaz Organization Date No. of title defenses
 
Japanese
Saori Oshima Deep September 20, 2020 1
 
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. ^ Hyde & Gengenbach. "Anatomical and Physiological Considerations when comparing Male and Female Athletes". San Diego Center for Health. Retrieved July 26, 2011.