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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champions are fighters who have won UFC championships.[1] At the time of the UFC's inception in 1993, mixed martial arts was unsanctioned in the United States, and did not include weight classes. Instead of the traditional championship model, the UFC held tournaments with the winner receiving a permanent appellation.[2] In response to criticism from Senator John McCain that saw the loss of its television deal and the banning of the sport in thirty-six states, the UFC increased its cooperation with state athletic commissions and introduced weight classes in 1997, starting with UFC 12, and began introducing weight-specific titles.[3]

The original codification for weight classes introduced only two divisions: heavyweight, which grouped together all competitors above 200 pounds (91 kg), and lightweight, which encompassed all competitors 199 pounds (90 kg) and under. At UFC 14 the lightweight division would be renamed to middleweight, though it would still encompass all fighters 199 pounds (90 kg) and under.[4] The lightweight moniker would later return at UFC 16 with a new division consisting of those competitors 170 pounds (77 kg) and under.[5] Two years later a fourth weight class, the bantamweight division, arrived at UFC 26 and included all fighters 155 pounds (70 kg) and under.[4]

In 2000, the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board completely took over MMA regulation in its home state and developed new rules and weight classes that eventually became the de facto rule set for all mixed martial arts.[6] The UFC realigned their weight classes to comply with these new regulations in 2001, beginning with UFC 31.[7] At the time, this brought the total number of active divisions in the UFC to five: lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight.

It would be nearly ten years before the UFC would expand their divisional offerings to include any of the lower weight classes. The first additions came in late 2010 when the UFC merged with their sister organization World Extreme Cagefighting. Due to the WEC's focus on lighter weight fighters, this merger necessitated the addition of both the featherweight and bantamweight divisions to the UFC, starting with the TUF 12 finale.[8] In early 2012 the UFC decided they would delve even further into the lower weight classes when they announced the introduction of the flyweight division to their ranks, beginning with UFC on FX 2.[9]

In November 2012, as a result of the forthcoming dissolution of their sister organization Strikeforce, the UFC announced they would be adding female fighters to their roster for the first time in the promotion's history. Initially, only the women's bantamweight division was brought over, with the division's premiere bout taking place at UFC 157.[10] A little over a year later, the UFC announced they would be expanding their weight classes for female fighters with the addition of a women's strawweight division,[11] the first bout took place at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller.[12] Then, in late 2016, a featherweight division was introduced for the women with the first fight to be for the Featherweight Championship at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, New York on February 11, 2017.

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Current championsEdit

Men[13]
Division Champion Since Defenses
Heavyweight   Stipe Miocic May 14, 2016 2
Light Heavyweight   Daniel Cormier May 23, 2015 2
Middleweight   Michael Bisping Jun 4, 2016 1
  Robert Whittaker
(Interim champion)
Jul 8, 2017 0
Welterweight   Tyron Woodley Jul 30, 2016 3
Lightweight   Conor McGregor Nov 12, 2016 0
  Tony Ferguson
(Interim champion)
Oct 7, 2017 0
Featherweight   Max Holloway Jun 3, 2017 0
Bantamweight   Cody Garbrandt Dec 30, 2016 0
Flyweight   Demetrious Johnson Sep 22, 2012 11
Women[13]
Division Champion Since Defenses
Featherweight   Cris Cyborg Jul 29, 2017 0
Bantamweight   Amanda Nunes Jul 9, 2016 2
Strawweight   Joanna Jędrzejczyk Mar 14, 2015 5

Men's championship historyEdit

Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

206 to 265 lb (93 to 120 kg)
The UFC Superfight Championship was unified with the UFC Tournament Championship to determine the inaugural UFC Heavyweight Champion on February 7, 1997, when Mark Coleman defeated Dan Severn at UFC 12.[4]

No. Name Event Date Reign
(Total)
Defenses
1   Mark Coleman
def. Dan Severn
UFC 12
Dothan, AL, USA
Feb 7, 1997 170 days
2   Maurice Smith UFC 14
Birmingham, AL, USA
Jul 27, 1997 147 days

1. def. David Abbott at UFC 15 on Oct 17, 1997

3   Randy Couture UFC Japan
Yokohama, Japan
Dec 21, 1997 ? days
Couture was stripped of the title in January 1998 when he left the UFC due to a contract dispute.
4   Bas Rutten
def. Kevin Randleman
UFC 20
Birmingham, AL, USA
May 7, 1999 ? days
Rutten vacated the title in June 1999 in order to drop down to Light heavyweight. He retired soon after due to training injuries.[14]
5   Kevin Randleman
def. Pete Williams
UFC 23
Tokyo, Japan
Nov 19, 1999 364 days

1. def. Pedro Rizzo at UFC 26 on Jun 9, 2000

6   Randy Couture (2) UFC 28
Atlantic City, NJ, USA
Nov 17, 2000 490 days
(490+ days)

1. def. Pedro Rizzo at UFC 31 on May 4, 2001
2. def. Pedro Rizzo at UFC 34 on Nov 2, 2001

7   Josh Barnett UFC 36
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Mar 22, 2002 126 days
Barnett was stripped of the title on July 26, 2002, after testing positive for anabolic steroids in a post-fight drug test.[15]
8   Ricco Rodriguez
def. Randy Couture
UFC 39
Uncasville, CT, USA
Sep 27, 2002 154 days
9   Tim Sylvia UFC 41
Atlantic City, NJ, USA
Feb 28, 2003 229 days

1. def. Gan McGee at UFC 44 on Sep 26, 2003

Sylvia was stripped of the title on October 15, 2003, after testing positive for anabolic steroids in a post-fight drug test.[16]
10   Frank Mir
def. Tim Sylvia
UFC 48
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jun 19, 2004 419 days
-   Andrei Arlovski
def. Tim Sylvia for interim title
UFC 51
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Feb 5, 2005

1. def. Justin Eilers at UFC 53 on Jun 4, 2005

Mir was stripped of the title on August 12, 2005, for inactivity resulting from injuries he sustained in a road accident.[17]
11   Andrei Arlovski
promoted to undisputed champion
Aug 12, 2005 246 days

1. def. Paul Buentello at UFC 55 on Oct 7, 2005

12   Tim Sylvia (2) UFC 59
Anaheim, CA, USA
Apr 15, 2006 322 days
(551 days)

1. def. Andrei Arlovski at UFC 61 on Jul 8, 2006
2. def. Jeff Monson at UFC 65 on Nov 18, 2006

13   Randy Couture (3) UFC 68
Columbus, OH, USA
Mar 3, 2007 623 days
(1,113+ days)

1. def. Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 74 on Aug 25, 2007

-   Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
def. Tim Sylvia for interim title
UFC 81
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Feb 2, 2008
14   Brock Lesnar UFC 91
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Nov 15, 2008 707 days

1. def. interim champion Frank Mir at UFC 100 on Jul 11, 2009
2. def. interim champion Shane Carwin at UFC 116 on Jul 3, 2010

-   Frank Mir
def. interim champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
UFC 92
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 27, 2008
-   Shane Carwin
def. Frank Mir for interim title
UFC 111
Newark, NJ, USA
Mar 27, 2010
15   Cain Velasquez UFC 121
Anaheim, CA, USA
Oct 23, 2010 385 days
16   Junior dos Santos UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos
Anaheim, CA, USA
Nov 12, 2011 413 days

1. def. Frank Mir at UFC 146 on May 26, 2012

17   Cain Velasquez (2) UFC 155
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 29, 2012 896 days
(1,281 days)

1. def. Antônio Silva at UFC 160 on May 25, 2013
2. def. Junior dos Santos at UFC 166 on Oct 19, 2013

-   Fabrício Werdum
def. Mark Hunt for interim title
UFC 180
Mexico City, Mexico
Nov 15, 2014
18   Fabrício Werdum UFC 188
Mexico City, Mexico
Jun 13, 2015 336 days
19   Stipe Miocic UFC 198
Curitiba, Brazil
May 14, 2016 524 days
(incumbent)

1. def. Alistair Overeem at UFC 203 on Sep 10, 2016
2. def. Junior dos Santos at UFC 211 on May 13, 2017

Light Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

186 to 205 lb (84 to 93 kg) The Light Heavyweight Title was known as the Middleweight Title prior to UFC 31 (May 4, 2001). The Pride World Middleweight Title (204.6 lb) was unified with the UFC Light Heavyweight Title on September 8, 2007, when Quinton Jackson defeated Dan Henderson at UFC 75.[4]

No. Name Event Date Reign
(Total)
Defenses
1   Frank Shamrock
def. Kevin Jackson
UFC Japan
Yokohama, Japan
Dec 21, 1997 703 days

1. def. Igor Zinoviev at UFC 16 on Mar 13, 1998
2. def. Jeremy Horn at UFC 17 on May 15, 1998
3. def. John Lober at UFC Brazil on Oct 16, 1998
4. def. Tito Ortiz at UFC 22 on Sep 24, 1999

Shamrock vacated the title on November 24, 1999, when he retired from the UFC, citing a lack of competition.[1]
2   Tito Ortiz
def. Wanderlei Silva
UFC 25
Tokyo, Japan
Apr 14, 2000 1,260 days

1. def. Yuki Kondo at UFC 29 on Dec 16, 2000
2. def. Evan Tanner at UFC 30 on Feb 23, 2001
3. def. Elvis Sinosic at UFC 32 on Jun 29, 2001
4. def. Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 33 on Sep 28, 2001
5. def. Ken Shamrock at UFC 40 on Nov 22, 2002

-   Randy Couture
def. Chuck Liddell for interim title
UFC 43
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jun 6, 2003
3   Randy Couture UFC 44
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Sep 26, 2003 127 days
4   Vitor Belfort UFC 46
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jan 31, 2004 203 days
5   Randy Couture (2) UFC 49
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Aug 21, 2004 238 days
(365 days)
6   Chuck Liddell UFC 52
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Apr 16, 2005 770 days

1. def. Jeremy Horn at UFC 54 on Aug 20, 2005
2. def. Randy Couture at UFC 57 on Feb 4, 2006
3. def. Renato Sobral at UFC 62 on Aug 26, 2006
4. def. Tito Ortiz at UFC 66 on Dec 30, 2006

7   Quinton Jackson UFC 71
Las Vegas, NV, USA
May 26, 2007 406 days

1. def. Dan Henderson at UFC 75 on Sep 8, 2007

8   Forrest Griffin UFC 86
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jul 5, 2008 175 days
9   Rashad Evans UFC 92
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 27, 2008 147 days
10   Lyoto Machida UFC 98
Las Vegas, NV, USA
May 23, 2009 350 days

1. def. Maurício Rua at UFC 104 on Oct 24, 2009

11   Maurício Rua UFC 113
Montreal, QC, Canada
May 8, 2010 315 days
12   Jon Jones UFC 128
Newark, NJ, USA
Mar 19, 2011 1,501 days

1. def. Quinton Jackson at UFC 135 on Sep 24, 2011
2. def. Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 on Dec 10, 2011
3. def. Rashad Evans at UFC 145 on Apr 21, 2012
4. def. Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 on Sep 22, 2012
5. def. Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 on Apr 27, 2013
6. def. Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 on Sep 21, 2013
7. def. Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 on Apr 26, 2014
8. def. Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 on Jan 3, 2015

Jones was stripped of the title on April 28, 2015, due to his involvement and arrest in a felony hit-and-run.[18]
13   Daniel Cormier
def. Anthony Johnson
UFC 187
Las Vegas, NV, USA
May 23, 2015 881 days
(incumbent)

1. def. Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 on Oct 3, 2015
2. def. Anthony Johnson at UFC 210 on Apr 8, 2017

-   Jon Jones
def. Ovince Saint Preux for interim title
UFC 197
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Apr 23, 2016
Jones was stripped of the interim title on November 9, 2016, due to his 1-year suspension related to a failed pre-fight drug test.[19]
Jones won the title at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017, but was stripped on September 13, 2017, after his win was overturned to a no-contest due to a failed pre-fight drug test. Cormier was then reinstated as champion.[20]

Middleweight ChampionshipEdit

171 to 185 lb (77 to 84 kg) The Pride World Welterweight Title (183 lb) was unified with the UFC Middleweight Title on March 1, 2008, when Anderson Silva defeated Dan Henderson at UFC 82.[21]

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Dave Menne
def. Gil Castillo
UFC 33
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Sep 28, 2001 105 days
2   Murilo Bustamante UFC 35
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jan 11, 2002 267 days

1. def. Matt Lindland at UFC 37 on May 10, 2002

Bustamante was stripped of the title on October 5, 2002 when he left the UFC for Pride.[1]
3   Evan Tanner
def. David Terrell
UFC 51
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Feb 5, 2005 119 days
4   Rich Franklin UFC 53
Atlantic City, NJ, USA
Jun 4, 2005 497 days

1. def. Nate Quarry at UFC 56 on Nov 19, 2005
2. def. David Loiseau at UFC 58 on Mar 4, 2006

5   Anderson Silva UFC 64
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Oct 14, 2006 2,457 days

1. def. Nate Marquardt at UFC 73 on Jul 7, 2007
2. def. Rich Franklin at UFC 77 on Oct 20, 2007
3. def. Dan Henderson at UFC 82 on Mar 1, 2008
4. def. Patrick Côté at UFC 90 on Oct 25, 2008
5. def. Thales Leites at UFC 97 on Apr 18, 2009
6. def. Demian Maia at UFC 112 on Apr 10, 2010
7. def. Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 on Aug 7, 2010
8. def. Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 on Feb 5, 2011
9. def. Yushin Okami at UFC 134 on Aug 27, 2011
10. def. Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 on Jul 7, 2012

6   Chris Weidman UFC 162
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jul 6, 2013 888 days

1. def. Anderson Silva at UFC 168 on Dec 28, 2013
2. def. Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 on Jul 5, 2014
3. def. Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 on May 23, 2015

7   Luke Rockhold UFC 194
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 12, 2015 175 days
8   Michael Bisping UFC 199
Inglewood, CA, USA
Jun 4, 2016 503 days
(incumbent)

1. def. Dan Henderson at UFC 204 on Oct 8, 2016

-   Robert Whittaker
def. Yoel Romero for interim title
UFC 213
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jul 8, 2017 104 days
(incumbent)

Welterweight ChampionshipEdit

156 to 170 lb (70 to 77 kg) The Welterweight Title was known as the Lightweight Title prior to UFC 31 (May 4, 2001).

No. Name Event Date Reign
(Total)
Defenses
1   Pat Miletich
def. Mikey Burnett
UFC Brazil
São Paulo, Brazil
Oct 16, 1998 931 days

1. def. Jorge Patino at UFC 18 on Jan 8, 1999
2. def. André Pederneiras at UFC 21 on Jul 16, 1999
3. def. John Alessio at UFC 26 on Jun 9, 2000
4. def. Kenichi Yamamoto at UFC 29 on Dec 16, 2000

2   Carlos Newton UFC 31
Atlantic City, NJ, USA
May 4, 2001 183 days
3   Matt Hughes UFC 34
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Nov 2, 2001 820 days

1. def. Hayato Sakurai at UFC 36 on Mar 22, 2002
2. def. Carlos Newton at UFC 38 on Jul 13, 2002
3. def. Gil Castillo at UFC 40 on Nov 22, 2002
4. def. Sean Sherk at UFC 42 on Apr 25, 2003
5. def. Frank Trigg at UFC 45 on Nov 21, 2003

4   B.J. Penn UFC 46
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jan 31, 2004 107 days
Penn was stripped of the title on May 17, 2004, when he left the UFC for K-1.[22]
5   Matt Hughes (2)
def. Georges St-Pierre
UFC 50
Atlantic City, NJ, USA
Oct 22, 2004 757 days
(1,577 days)

1. def. Frank Trigg at UFC 52 on Apr 16, 2005
2. def. B.J. Penn at UFC 63 on Sep 23, 2006

6   Georges St-Pierre UFC 65
Sacramento, CA, USA
Nov 18, 2006 140 days
7   Matt Serra UFC 69
Houston, TX, USA
Apr 7, 2007 378 days
-   Georges St-Pierre
def. Matt Hughes for interim title
UFC 79
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 29, 2007
8   Georges St-Pierre (2) UFC 83
Montreal, QC, Canada
Apr 19, 2008 2,064 days
(2,204 days)

1. def. Jon Fitch at UFC 87 on Aug 9, 2008
2. def. B.J. Penn at UFC 94 on Jan 31, 2009
3. def. Thiago Alves at UFC 100 on Jul 11, 2009
4. def. Dan Hardy at UFC 111 on Mar 27, 2010
5. def. Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 on Dec 11, 2010
6. def. Jake Shields at UFC 129 on Apr 30, 2011
7. def. interim champion Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on Nov 17, 2012
8. def. Nick Diaz at UFC 158 on Mar 16, 2013
9. def. Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 on Nov 16, 2013

-   Carlos Condit
def. Nick Diaz for interim title
UFC 143
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Feb 4, 2012
St-Pierre vacated the title on December 13, 2013, when he decided to take time off from the sport.[23]
9   Johny Hendricks
def. Robbie Lawler
UFC 171
Dallas, TX, USA
Mar 15, 2014 266 days
10   Robbie Lawler UFC 181
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 6, 2014 602 days

1. def. Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 on Jul 11, 2015
2. def. Carlos Condit at UFC 195 on Jan 2, 2016

11   Tyron Woodley UFC 201
Atlanta, GA, USA
Jul 30, 2016 447 days
(incumbent)

1. drew with Stephen Thompson at UFC 205 on Nov 12, 2016
2. def. Stephen Thompson at UFC 209 on Mar 4, 2017
3. def. Demian Maia at UFC 214 on Jul 29, 2017

Lightweight ChampionshipEdit

146 to 155 lb (66 to 70 kg) The Lightweight Title was known as the Bantamweight Title prior to UFC 31 (May 4, 2001). The Strikeforce Lightweight Title was unified (perhaps unofficially) with the UFC Lightweight Title on April 20, 2013, when Benson Henderson defeated Gilbert Melendez at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez.[24]

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Jens Pulver
def. Caol Uno
UFC 30
Atlantic City, NJ, USA
Feb 23, 2001 393 days

1. def. Dennis Hallman at UFC 33 on Sep 28, 2001
2. def. B.J. Penn at UFC 35 on Jan 11, 2002

Pulver was stripped of the title on March 23, 2002, when he left the UFC due to a contract dispute.[1]
B.J. Penn and Caol Uno fought to a draw on February 28, 2003, at UFC 41 in Atlantic City, NJ, USA in the finale of a 4-man tournament for the vacant title.[1]
2   Sean Sherk
def. Kenny Florian
UFC 64
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Oct 14, 2006 420 days

1. def. Hermes França at UFC 73 on Jul 7, 2007

Sherk was stripped of the title on December 8, 2007 after testing positive for anabolic steroids in a post-fight drug test.[25]
3   B.J. Penn
def. Joe Stevenson
UFC 80
Newcastle, England, UK
Jan 19, 2008 812 days

1. def. Sean Sherk at UFC 84 on May 24, 2008
2. def. Kenny Florian at UFC 101 on Aug 8, 2009
3. def. Diego Sanchez at UFC 107 on Dec 12, 2009

4   Frankie Edgar UFC 112
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Apr 10, 2010 687 days

1. def. B.J. Penn at UFC 118 on Aug 28, 2010
2. drew with Gray Maynard at UFC 125 on Jan 1, 2011
3. def. Gray Maynard at UFC 136 on Oct 8, 2011

5   Benson Henderson UFC 144
Saitama, Japan
Feb 26, 2012 552 days

1. def. Frankie Edgar at UFC 150 on Aug 11, 2012
2. def. Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz on Dec 8, 2012
3. def. Gilbert Melendez at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez on Apr 20, 2013

6   Anthony Pettis UFC 164
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Aug 31, 2013 560 days

1. def. Gilbert Melendez at UFC 181 on Dec 6, 2014

7   Rafael dos Anjos UFC 185
Dallas, TX, USA
Mar 14, 2015 481 days

1. def. Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2 on Dec 19, 2015

8   Eddie Alvarez UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jul 7, 2016 128 days
9   Conor McGregor UFC 205
New York City, NY, USA
Nov 12, 2016 342 days
(incumbent)
-   Tony Ferguson
def. Kevin Lee for interim title
UFC 216
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Oct 7, 2017 13 days
(incumbent)

Featherweight ChampionshipEdit

136 to 145 lb (61 to 66 kg) Prior to the UFC-WEC merger, José Aldo was the WEC Featherweight Champion. Aldo was awarded the inaugural UFC Featherweight Championship on November 20, 2010, at UFC 123 in a ceremony prior to the event.[26]

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   José Aldo
promoted to undisputed champion
UFC 123
Auburn Hills, MI, USA
Nov 20, 2010 1,848 days

1. def. Mark Hominick at UFC 129 on Apr 30, 2011
2. def. Kenny Florian at UFC 136 on Oct 8, 2011
3. def. Chad Mendes at UFC 142 on Jan 14, 2012
4. def. Frankie Edgar at UFC 156 on Feb 2, 2013
5. def. Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163 on Aug 3, 2013
6. def. Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169 on Feb 1, 2014
7. def. Chad Mendes at UFC 179 on Oct 25, 2014

-   Conor McGregor
def. Chad Mendes for interim title
UFC 189
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jul 11, 2015
2   Conor McGregor UFC 194
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 12, 2015 350 days
-   José Aldo
def. Frankie Edgar for interim title
UFC 200
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jul 9, 2016
McGregor was stripped of the title on November 26, 2016, after the UFC opted to focus on his lightweight title.[27][28]
3   José Aldo (2)
promoted to undisputed champion
Nov 26, 2016 189 days
(2,037 days)
-   Max Holloway
def. Anthony Pettis for interim title
UFC 206
Toronto, ON, Canada
Dec 10, 2016
4   Max Holloway UFC 212
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jun 3, 2017 139 days
(incumbent)

Bantamweight ChampionshipEdit

126 to 135 lb (57 to 61 kg) Prior to UFC-WEC merger, Dominick Cruz was the WEC Bantamweight Champion. At WEC 53, Cruz defeated Scott Jorgensen to retain the WEC Bantamweight Championship and was awarded the inaugural UFC Bantamweight Championship.[29]

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Dominick Cruz
def. Scott Jorgensen
WEC 53
Glendale, AZ, USA
Dec 16, 2010 1,117 days

1. def. Urijah Faber at UFC 132 on Jul 2, 2011
2. def. Demetrious Johnson at UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson on Oct 1, 2011

-   Renan Barão
def. Urijah Faber for interim title
UFC 149
Calgary, AB, Canada
Jul 21, 2012

1. def. Michael McDonald at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald on Feb 16, 2013
2. def. Eddie Wineland at UFC 165 on Sep 21, 2013

Cruz vacated the title on January 6, 2014, after repeated injuries prevented him from returning to competition to defend his title.[30]
2   Renan Barão
promoted to undisputed champion
Jan 6, 2014 138 days

1. def. Urijah Faber at UFC 169 on Feb 1, 2014

3   T.J. Dillashaw UFC 173
Las Vegas, NV, USA
May 24, 2014 603 days

1. def. Joe Soto at UFC 177 on Aug 30, 2014
2. def. Renan Barão at UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2 on Jul 25, 2015

4   Dominick Cruz (2) UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz
Boston, MA, USA
Jan 17, 2016 348 days
(1,465 days)

1. def. Urijah Faber at UFC 199 on Jun 4, 2016

5   Cody Garbrandt UFC 207
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 30, 2016 294 days
(incumbent)

Flyweight ChampionshipEdit

116 to 125 lb (53 to 57 kg) Demetrious Johnson defeated Joseph Benavidez on September 22, 2012, at UFC 152 in Toronto, ON, Canada in the finale of a 4-man tournament for the inaugural title.[31]

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Demetrious Johnson
def. Joseph Benavidez
UFC 152
Toronto, ON, Canada
Sep 22, 2012 1,854 days
(incumbent)

1. def. John Dodson at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson on Jan 26, 2013
2. def. John Moraga at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga on Jul 27, 2013
3. def. Joseph Benavidez at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 on Dec 14, 2013
4. def. Ali Bagautinov at UFC 174 on June 14, 2014
5. def. Chris Cariaso at UFC 178 on Sep 27, 2014
6. def. Kyoji Horiguchi at UFC 186 on Apr 25, 2015
7. def. John Dodson at UFC 191 on Sep 5, 2015
8. def. Henry Cejudo at UFC 197 on Apr 23, 2016
9. def. Tim Elliott at The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale on Dec 3, 2016
10. def. Wilson Reis at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis on Apr 15, 2017
11. def. Ray Borg at UFC 216 on Oct 7, 2017

Women's championship historyEdit

Women's Featherweight ChampionshipEdit

136 to 145 lb (62 to 66 kg)
The inaugural title was contested on February 11, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY, USA at UFC 208.[32]
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Germaine de Randamie
def. Holly Holm
UFC 208
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Feb 11, 2017 128 days
De Randamie was stripped of the title on June 19, 2017, after she refused to defend the title against Cris Cyborg.[33]
2   Cris Cyborg
def. Tonya Evinger
UFC 214
Anaheim, CA, USA
Jul 29, 2017 83 days
(incumbent)

Women's Bantamweight ChampionshipEdit

126 to 135 lb (57 to 61 kg) Prior to its folding and absorption by the UFC, Ronda Rousey was the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion. Rousey was awarded the inaugural UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship on December 6, 2012, at a UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz pre-event press conference.[34]

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Ronda Rousey
promoted to undisputed champion
UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz
press conference
Seattle, WA, USA
Dec 6, 2012 1,074 days

1. def. Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 on Feb 23, 2013
2. def. Miesha Tate at UFC 168 on Dec 28, 2013
3. def. Sara McMann at UFC 170 on Feb 22, 2014
4. def. Alexis Davis at UFC 175 on Jul 5, 2014
5. def. Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on Feb 28, 2015
6. def. Bethe Correia at UFC 190 on Aug 1, 2015

2   Holly Holm UFC 193
Melbourne, Australia
Nov 15, 2015 111 days
3   Miesha Tate UFC 196
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Mar 5, 2016 126 days
4   Amanda Nunes UFC 200
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jul 9, 2016 468 days
(incumbent)

1. def. Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 on Dec 30, 2016
2. def. Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 215 on Sep 9, 2017

Women's Strawweight ChampionshipEdit

106 to 115 lb (48 to 52 kg) Previously the Invicta FC strawweight champion, Carla Esparza defeated Rose Namajunas for the inaugural title on December 12, 2014 in the tournament finale for The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned.[11]

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Carla Esparza
def. Rose Namajunas
The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 12, 2014 92 days
2   Joanna Jędrzejczyk UFC 185
Dallas, TX, USA
Mar 14, 2015 951 days
(incumbent)

1. def. Jessica Penne at UFC Fight Night: Jędrzejczyk vs. Penne on Jun 20, 2015
2. def. Valérie Létourneau at UFC 193 on Nov 15, 2015
3. def. Cláudia Gadelha at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia Finale on Jul 8, 2016
4. def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 205 on Nov 12, 2016
5. def. Jéssica Andrade at UFC 211 on May 13, 2017

Superfight Championship (defunct)Edit

An openweight title used before the introduction of weight classes in 1997. It was designed to create a reigning UFC Champion for the UFC tournament winners to challenge.[35]

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie fought to a draw on April 7, 1995 at UFC 5 in Charlotte, NC, USA for the inaugural Superfight title.[1]
1   Ken Shamrock
def. Dan Severn
UFC 6
Casper, WY, USA
Jul 14, 1995 308 days

1. drew with Oleg Taktarov at UFC 7 on Sep 8, 1995
2. def. Kimo Leopoldo at UFC 8 on Feb 16, 1996

2   Dan Severn UFC 9
Detroit, MI, USA
May 17, 1996 266 days
Mark Coleman defeated Severn on February 7, 1997 at UFC 12 in Dothan, AL, USA. This bout unified the UFC Superfight Championship with the UFC Tournament Championship to determine the inaugural UFC Heavyweight Champion.[4]

Tournament winnersEdit

Event Date Division Winner Runner-up
UFC 1 Nov 12, 1993 None   Royce Gracie   Gerard Gordeau
UFC 2 Mar 11, 1994 None   Royce Gracie (2)   Patrick Smith
UFC 3 Sep 9, 1994 None   Steve Jennum   Harold Howard
UFC 4 Dec 16, 1994 None   Royce Gracie (3)   Dan Severn
UFC 5 Apr 7, 1995 None   Dan Severn   Dave Beneteau
UFC 6 Jul 14, 1995 None   Oleg Taktarov   David Abbott
UFC 7 Sep 8, 1995 None   Marco Ruas   Paul Varelans
The Ultimate Ultimate Dec 16, 1995 None   Dan Severn (2)   Oleg Taktarov
UFC 8 Feb 16, 1996 None   Don Frye   Gary Goodridge
UFC 10 Jul 12, 1996 None   Mark Coleman   Don Frye
UFC 11 Sep 20, 1996 None   Mark Coleman (2)   Scott Ferrozzo
The Ultimate Ultimate 2 Dec 7, 1996 None   Don Frye (2)   David Abbott
UFC 12 Feb 7, 1997 Heavyweight   Vitor Belfort   Scott Ferrozzo
Lightweight   Jerry Bohlander   Nick Sanzo
UFC 13 May 30, 1997 Heavyweight   Randy Couture   Steven Graham
Lightweight   Guy Mezger   Tito Ortiz
UFC 14 Jul 27, 1997 Heavyweight   Mark Kerr   Dan Bobish
Middleweight   Kevin Jackson   Tony Fryklund
UFC 15 Oct 17, 1997 Heavyweight   Mark Kerr (2)   Dwayne Cason
Ultimate Japan Dec 21, 1997 Heavyweight   Kazushi Sakuraba   Marcus Silveira
UFC 16 Mar 13, 1998 Lightweight   Pat Miletich   Chris Brennan
UFC 17 May 15, 1998 Middleweight   Dan Henderson   Carlos Newton
UFC 23 Nov 19, 1999 Middleweight   Kenichi Yamamoto   Katsuhisa Fujii
UFC 39
UFC 41
Feb 28, 2003 Lightweight B.J. Penn drew with Caol Uno in the finale of the 4-man tournament.
UFC on FX 2
UFC on FX 3
UFC 152
Sep 22, 2012 Flyweight   Demetrious Johnson   Joseph Benavidez

The Ultimate FighterEdit

The Ultimate Fighter is a reality television series and mixed martial arts competition produced by the UFC. The show features professional fighters living together and competing against one another in a tournament for a contract with the UFC.

Season Finale Division Winner Runner-up
TUF 1: Team Couture vs. Team Liddell Apr 9, 2005 Light Heavyweight   Forrest Griffin   Stephan Bonnar
Middleweight   Diego Sanchez   Kenny Florian
TUF 2: Team Hughes vs. Team Franklin Nov 5, 2005 Heavyweight   Rashad Evans   Brad Imes
Welterweight   Joe Stevenson   Luke Cummo
TUF 3: Team Ortiz vs. Team Shamrock Jun 24, 2006 Middleweight   Kendall Grove   Ed Herman
Light Heavyweight   Michael Bisping   Josh Haynes
TUF 4: The Comeback Nov 11, 2006 Middleweight   Travis Lutter   Patrick Côté
Welterweight   Matt Serra   Chris Lytle
TUF 5: Team Pulver vs. Team Penn Jun 23, 2007 Lightweight   Nate Diaz   Manvel Gamburyan
TUF 6: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra Dec 8, 2007 Welterweight   Mac Danzig   Tommy Speer
TUF 7: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest Jun 21, 2008 Middleweight   Amir Sadollah   C.B. Dollaway
TUF 8: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir Dec 13, 2008 Light Heavyweight   Ryan Bader   Vinicius Magalhães
Lightweight   Efrain Escudero   Phillipe Nover
TUF 9: United States vs. United Kingdom Jun 20, 2009 Lightweight   Ross Pearson   Andre Winner
Welterweight   James Wilks   DaMarques Johnson
TUF 10: Heavyweights Dec 5, 2009 Heavyweight   Roy Nelson   Brendan Schaub
TUF 11: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Jun 19, 2010 Middleweight   Court McGee   Kris McCray
TUF 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Dec 4, 2010 Lightweight   Jonathan Brookins   Michael Johnson
TUF 13: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos Jun 4, 2011 Welterweight   Tony Ferguson   Ramsey Nijem
TUF 14: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller Dec 3, 2011 Bantamweight   John Dodson   T.J. Dillashaw
Featherweight   Diego Brandao   Dennis Bermudez
TUF 15: Live Jun 1, 2012 Lightweight   Michael Chiesa   Al Iaquinta
TUF: Brazil Jun 23, 2012 Featherweight   Rony Mariano Bezerra   Godofredo Pepey
Middleweight   Cezar Ferreira   Sergio Moraes
TUF 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Dec 15, 2012 Welterweight   Colton Smith   Mike Ricci
TUF: The Smashes Dec 15, 2012 Lightweight   Norman Parke   Colin Fletcher
Welterweight   Robert Whittaker   Brad Scott
TUF 17: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Apr 13, 2013 Middleweight   Kelvin Gastelum   Uriah Hall
TUF: Brazil 2 Jun 8, 2013 Welterweight   Leonardo Santos   William Macario
TUF 18: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate Nov 30, 2013 Bantamweight   Chris Holdsworth   David Grant
Women's Bantamweight   Julianna Peña   Jessica Rakoczy
TUF: China Mar 1, 2014 Featherweight   Ning Guangyou   Yang Jianping
Welterweight   Zhang Lipeng   Wang Sai
TUF Nations: Canada vs. Australia Apr 16, 2014 Welterweight   Chad Laprise   Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Middleweight   Elias Theodorou   Sheldon Westcott
TUF: Brazil 3 May 31, 2014 Middleweight   Warlley Alves   Márcio Alexandre Júnior
Heavyweight   Antônio Carlos Júnior   Vitor Miranda
TUF 19: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Jul 6, 2014 Middleweight   Eddie Gordon   Dhiego Lima
Light Heavyweight   Corey Anderson   Matt Van Buren
TUF: Latin America Nov 15, 2014 Bantamweight   Alejandro Pérez   José Alberto Quiñonez
Featherweight   Yair Rodríguez   Leonardo Morales
TUF 20: A Champion Will Be Crowned Dec 12, 2014 Women's Strawweight   Carla Esparza   Rose Namajunas
TUF 21: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Jul 12, 2015 Welterweight   Kamaru Usman   Hayder Hassan
TUF: Brazil 4 Aug 1, 2015 Bantamweight   Reginaldo Vieira   Dileno Lopes
Lightweight   Glaico França   Fernando Bruno
TUF: Latin America 2 Nov 21, 2015 Lightweight   Enrique Barzola   Horacio Gutiérrez
Welterweight   Erick Montaño   Enrique Marín
TUF 22: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Dec 11, 2015 Lightweight   Ryan Hall   Artem Lobov
TUF 23: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia Jul 8, 2016 Women's Strawweight   Tatiana Suarez   Amanda Cooper
Light Heavyweight   Andrew Sanchez   Khalil Rountree
TUF: Latin America 3 Nov 5, 2016 Lightweight   Martín Bravo   Claudio Puelles
TUF 24: Tournament of Champions Dec 3, 2016 Flyweight   Tim Elliott   Hiromasa Ogikubo
TUF 25: Redemption Jul 7, 2017 Welterweight   Jesse Taylor   Dhiego Lima

Champions by nationalityEdit

Division champions are the primary separation criteria due to being non-closed competition. It includes title holders and interim title holders. Interim champions who become undisputed champions are listed only once. People with multiple title reigns will have each of them counted. Tournament wins are secondary due to many tournaments being country specific and thus not generally a national achievement to win. Runners-up and The Ultimate Fighter runners-up are not included.

Country Division
champions
Tournament
champions
TUF
Winners
Total
  United States 62 16 28 106
  Brazil 14 5 8 27
  Canada 3 - 2 5
  Ireland 2 - - 2
  Netherlands 2 - - 2
  England 1 - 3 4
  Australia 1 - 1 2
  Belarus 1 - - 1
  Poland 1 - - 1
  Mexico - - 5 5
  China - - 2 2
  Japan - 2 - 2
  Jamaica - - 1 1
  Nigeria - - 1 1
  Northern Ireland - - 1 1
  Peru - - 1 1
  Russia - 1 - 1

Most wins in title boutsEdit

Fighters with four or more championship and/or interim championship title wins.[36] Fighters with the same number of title wins are arranged in order of most title fights. Tournament championships and The Ultimate Fighter winners are not included.

Title wins Champion Division Record in title fights
12   Georges St-Pierre Welterweight 12 - 2 - 0
  Demetrious Johnson Bantamweight
Flyweight
0 - 1 - 0
12 - 0 - 0
11   Anderson Silva Middleweight 11 - 2 - 0
10   Jon Jones Light Heavyweight 10 - 0 - 0 (1)
9   Randy Couture Heavyweight
Light Heavyweight
6 - 3 - 0
3 - 3 - 0
  Matt Hughes Welterweight 9 - 3 - 0
8   José Aldo Featherweight 8 - 2 - 0
6   Tito Ortiz Light Heavyweight 6 - 3 - 0
  Ronda Rousey Women's Bantamweight 6 - 2 - 0
  Joanna Jędrzejczyk Women's Strawweight 6 - 0 - 0
5   B.J. Penn Welterweight
Lightweight
1 - 2 - 0
4 - 3 - 1
  Tim Sylvia Heavyweight 5 - 4 - 0
  Chuck Liddell Light Heavyweight 5 - 2 - 0
  Pat Miletich Welterweight 5 - 1 - 0
  Dominick Cruz Bantamweight 5 - 1 - 0
  Frank Shamrock Light Heavyweight 5 - 0 - 0
4   Cain Velasquez Heavyweight 4 - 2 - 0
  Renan Barão Bantamweight 4 - 2 - 0
  Benson Henderson Lightweight 4 - 1 - 0
  Chris Weidman Middleweight 4 - 1 - 0

Most consecutive title defensesEdit

The following includes all UFC champions who were able to consecutively defend their title three times or more. Fighters with the same number of title defenses are listed chronologically.[37]

Defenses Champion Division Period
11   Demetrious Johnson Flyweight Sep 22, 2012 – present
10   Anderson Silva Middleweight Oct 14, 2006 – Jul 6, 2013
9   Georges St-Pierre Welterweight Apr 19, 2008 – Dec 13, 2013
8   Jon Jones Light Heavyweight Mar 19, 2011 – Apr 28, 2015
7   José Aldo Featherweight Nov 20, 2010 – Dec 12, 2015
6   Ronda Rousey Women's Bantamweight Dec 6, 2012 – Nov 15, 2015
5   Tito Ortiz Light Heavyweight Apr 14, 2000 – Sep 26, 2003
  Matt Hughes Welterweight Nov 2, 2001 – Jan 31, 2004
  Joanna Jędrzejczyk Women's Strawweight Mar 14, 2015 – present
4   Frank Shamrock Light Heavyweight Dec 21, 1997 – Nov 24, 1999
  Pat Miletich Welterweight Oct 16, 1998 – May 4, 2001
  Chuck Liddell Light Heavyweight Apr 16, 2005 – May 26, 2007
3   B.J. Penn Lightweight Jan 19, 2008 – Apr 10, 2010
  Frankie Edgar[a] Lightweight Apr 10, 2010 – Feb 26, 2012
  Benson Henderson Lightweight Feb 26, 2012 – Aug 31, 2013
  Renan Barão[b] Bantamweight Jul 21, 2012 – May 24, 2014
  Chris Weidman Middleweight Jul 6, 2013 – Dec 12, 2015
  Tyron Woodley[c] Welterweight Jul 30, 2016 – present
  1. ^ Edgar successfully defended the UFC Lightweight Championship twice and retained the title once following a draw against Gray Maynard at UFC 125.
  2. ^ Barão successfully defended the interim UFC Bantamweight Championship twice before being promoted to undisputed champion and defending his title once more.
  3. ^ Woodley successfully defended the UFC Welterweight Championship twice and retained the title once following a draw against Stephen Thompson at UFC 205.

Longest reigning championsEdit

The following is a list of the ten longest reigning UFC champions.

Longest individual reignsEdit

Name Title Reign Weight class Successful defenses
1.   Anderson Silva 2,457 days Middleweight 10
2.   Georges St-Pierre 2,064 days Welterweight 9
3.   Demetrious Johnson 1,854 days
(incumbent)
Flyweight 11
4.   José Aldo 1,848 days Featherweight 7
5.   Jon Jones 1,501 days Light Heavyweight 8
6.   Tito Ortiz 1,260 days Light Heavyweight 5
7.   Dominick Cruz 1,117 days Bantamweight 2
8.   Ronda Rousey 1,074 days Women's Bantamweight 6
9.   Joanna Jedrzejczyk 951 days
(incumbent)
Women's Strawweight 5
10.   Pat Miletich 931 days Welterweight 4

Longest combined reignsEdit

Name Days as champion Number of reigns Weight class Cumulative title defenses
1.   Anderson Silva 2,457 days 1 Middleweight 10
2.   Georges St-Pierre 2,204 days 2 Welterweight 9
3.   José Aldo 2,037 days 2 Featherweight 7
4.   Demetrious Johnson 1,854 days
(incumbent)
1 Flyweight 11
5.   Matt Hughes 1,577 days 2 Welterweight 7
6.   Jon Jones 1,501 days 2 Light Heavyweight 8
7.   Randy Couture 1,478+ days 5 Heavyweight,
Light Heavyweight
3
8.   Dominick Cruz 1,465 days 2 Bantamweight 3
9.   Cain Velasquez 1,281 days 2 Heavyweight 2
10.   Tito Ortiz 1,260 days 1 Light Heavyweight 5

Multi-division championsEdit

Fighters who have won championships in multiple weight classes.[38] Tournament championships and The Ultimate Fighter winners are not included.

Randy Couture is notably the first champion to hold belts in two different divisions, and one of the few to reclaim a title after being defeated. Conor McGregor is notably the first and only fighter thus far to hold multiple titles simultaneously.

Champion Division Won Lost Defenses Reign Total reign
  Randy Couture Heavyweight Dec 21, 1997 (UFC Japan) Jan ?, 1998 (stripped) 0 00? days 1,478+ days
Nov 17, 2000 (UFC 28) Mar 22, 2002 (UFC 36) 2 490 days
Light Heavyweight Sep 26, 2003 (UFC 44) Jan 31, 2004 (UFC 46) 0 127 days
Aug 21, 2004 (UFC 49) Apr 16, 2005 (UFC 52) 0 238 days
Heavyweight Mar 3, 2007 (UFC 68) Nov 15, 2008 (UFC 91) 1 623 days
  B.J. Penn Welterweight Jan 31, 2004 (UFC 46) May 17, 2004 (stripped) 0 107 days 919 days
Lightweight Jan 19, 2008 (UFC 80) Apr 10, 2010 (UFC 112) 3 812 days
  Conor McGregor Featherweight Dec 12, 2015 (UFC 194) Nov 26, 2016 (stripped) 0 350 days 692 days
(ongoing)
Lightweight Nov 12, 2016 (UFC 205) 0 342 days
(incumbent)

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