List of current mixed martial arts champions

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A mixed martial artist and his championship belt

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.

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 bodes.[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 consideres 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, except for the lineal lightweight title which is currently (April 6, 2015), held by UFC fighter Donald Cerrone.

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]

Men[edit]

Super Heavyweight (over 265 lb, 120 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
N/A Vacant KOTC N/A N/A

Heavyweight (265 lb, 120 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Brazil
Brazilian
Fabrício Werdum UFC June 13, 2015 0
Russia
Russian
Vitaly Minakov Bellator November 15, 2013[6] 1
Bulgaria
Bulgarian
Blagoy Ivanov WSOF June 5, 2015 0
Poland
Polish
Marcin Tybura
(Open Weight: Over 205 lb, 93 kg)
M-1 Global August 15, 2014 1
Japan
Japanese
Ken Hasegawa
(Open Weight: Over 205 lb, 93 kg)
Deep February 16, 2013 2
United States
American
Cody East KOTC June 22, 2013 0
N/A Vacant CWFC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant UCMMA N/A N/A
Poland
Polish
Karol Bedorf KSW September 28, 2013[7] 1
Brazil
Brazilian
William Baldutti Jungle Fight November 2, 2013 1
N/A Vacant IGF N/A N/A

Light Heavyweight (205 lb, 93 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Daniel Cormier UFC May 23, 2015 0
England
English
Liam McGeary Bellator February 27, 2015 0
N/A Vacant WSOF N/A N/A
Brazil
Brazilian
Vinny Magalhães Titan FC September 26, 2014 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Leonardo Leite Legacy FC September 26, 2014[8] 0
Germany
German
Stephan Pütz M-1 Global March 14, 2014 2
Japan
Japanese
Yoshiyuki Nakanishi Deep April 17, 2010[9] 3
South Africa
South African
Trevor Prangley KOTC December 20, 2012[10] 3
N/A Vacant Pancrase N/A N/A
N/A Vacant CWFC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant MFC N/A N/A
Netherlands
Dutch
Jason Jones BAMMA September 14, 2013 0
England
English
Nick Chapman UCMMA May 2, 2015 0
Croatia
Croat
Goran Reljić KSW May 23, 2015 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Dirlei Broenstrup Jungle Fight November 29, 2014 1

Middleweight (185 lb, 84 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Chris Weidman UFC July 6, 2013[11] 3
N/A Vacant Bellator N/A N/A
United States
American
David Branch WSOF June 21, 2014 1
Kazakhstan
Kazakh
Igor Svirid ONE November 7, 2014 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Francisco France RFA April 10, 2015[12] 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Leonardo Leite Legacy FC February 28, 2015[13] 0
Russia
Russian
Ramazan Emeev M-1 Global April 10, 2015 0
Afghanistan
Afghan
Siyar Bahadurzada
(Light Heavyweight: 185 lb, 84 kg)
Shooto July 15, 2007 2
Japan
Japanese
Yoshiyuki Nakanishi Deep December 30, 2014 0
United States
American
Daniel Hernandez KOTC February 10, 2014 1
N/A Vacant Pancrase N/A N/A
Norway
Norwegian
Jack Hermansson CWFC June 7, 2014 1
N/A Vacant MFC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant BAMMA N/A N/A
Czech Republic
Czech
Karlos Vemola UCMMA August 3, 2013 0
Poland
Polish
Michał Materla KSW May 12, 2012[14] 4
Brazil
Brazilian
Antonio Dos Santos Jr. Jungle Fight November 29, 2014 0
United States
American
David Mitchell TPF February 15, 2015 0
Poland
Polish
Marcin Naruszczka RFC April 13, 2013 0
Japan
Japanese
Riki Fukuda ROAD FC July 25, 2015 0

Welterweight (170 lb, 77 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Robbie Lawler UFC December 6, 2014 1
Russia
Russian
Andrey Koreshkov Bellator July 17, 2015 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Rousimar Palhares WSOF March 29, 2014 1
United States
American
Ben Askren ONE August 29, 2014 0
Russia
Russian
Murad Abdulaev M-1 Global June 6, 2015 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Hernani Perpetuo
(Middleweight: 170 lb, 77 kg)
Shooto August 25, 2013 0
Japan
Japanese
Yuta Watanabe Deep April 29, 2014 2
United States
American
Joshua Aveles KOTC February 7, 2013 0
Japan
Japanese
Gota Yamashita Pancrase August 10, 2014 1
Denmark
Denmark
Nicolas Dalby CWFC March 22, 2014 0
N/A Vacant MFC N/A N/A
United States
American
Eddy Ellis BAMMA September 14, 2013 0
United Kingdom
English
Bill Beaumont UCMMA February 7, 2015 0
Poland
Polish
Borys Mankowski KSW May 17, 2014 1
Brazil
Brazilian
Bruno Lopes Jungle Fight December 18, 2014 0
Sweden
Swedish
Zebaztian Kadestam PXC April 11, 2015 0

Junior Welterweight (160 lb, 73 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Derek Campos KOTC October 6, 2012[15] 0

Lightweight (155 lb, 70 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Brazil
Brazilian
Rafael dos Anjos UFC March 14, 2015 0
United States
American
Will Brooks Bellator November 15, 2014 [16] 1
United States
American
Justin Gaethje WSOF January 18, 2014 3
Japan
Japanese
Shinya Aoki ONE April 5, 2013 2
France
French
Mansour Barnaoui M-1 Global May 2, 2015 0
Japan
Japanese
Kuniyoshi Hironaka
(Welterweight: 155 lb, 70 kg)
Shooto July 18, 2011 2
Japan
Japanese
Keita Nakamura Deep July 20, 2015 0
United States
American
Johnny Cottrell KOTC September 15, 2012[17] 0
N/A Vacant Pancrase N/A N/A
N/A Vacant CWFC N/A N/A
Tunisia
Tunisian
Mansour Barnaoui BAMMA September 14, 2013 1
Ukraine
Ukrainian
Maksym Matus UCMMA May 3, 2014 1
N/A Vacant KSW N/A N/A
Brazil
Brazilian
Ciro Rodrigues Jungle Fight June 20, 2015 0
South Korea
South Korean
A Sol Kwon ROAD FC August 17, 2014 1

Featherweight (145 lb, 66 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Republic of Ireland
Irish
Conor McGregor (interim) UFC July 15, 2015[18] 0
(Interim champ July 15 2015)
Brazil
Brazilian
Patricio Freire Bellator September 5, 2014 2
United States
American
Lance Palmer WSOF December 13, 2014 1
Mongolia
Mongolia
Jadamba Narantungalag ONE August 29, 2014 0
United States
American
Lance Palmer RFA June 21, 2013[19] 0
Georgia (country)
Georgian
Levan Makashvili CFFC December 12, 2014 0
Slovakia
Slovak
Ivan Buchinger M-1 Global October 17, 2014 0
N/A Vacant
(Lightweight: 145 lb, 66 kg)
Shooto N/A N/A
Japan
Japanese
Kazunori Yokota Deep February 18, 2012[20] 1
United States
American
Henry Corrales KOTC October 31, 2013[21] 4
United States
American
Nam Phan Pancrase January 31, 2015 0
N/A Vacant CWFC N/A N/A
France
French
Tom DuQuesnoy BAMMA April 5, 2014 1 (No Contest)
England
English
Ashleigh Grimshaw UCMMA May 26, 2012[22] 1
Brazil
Brazilian
Otto Rodrigues Jungle Fight July 4, 2015 0
South Korea
South Korean
Mu Gyeom Choi ROAD FC February 9, 2014 1
Japan
Japan
Yusuke Yachi PXC March 13, 2015 0

Bantamweight (135 lb, 61 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
T.J. Dillashaw
UFC UFC 173[23] 2
Brazil
Brazilian
Marcos Galvão Bellator March 27, 2015[24] 0
Brazil
Brazil
Marlon Moraes WSOF March 29, 2014 1
Brazil
Brazil
Bibiano Fernandes ONE October 18, 2013[25] 3
United States
American
Luke Sanders RFA November 7, 2014[26] 0
Japan
Japanese
Kyoji Horiguchi
(Featherweight: 135 lb, 61 kg)
Shooto March 16, 2013 1
Japan
Japanese
Takafumi Otsuka Deep April 29, 2014 2
United States
American
Marvin Garcia KOTC December 20, 2012[10] 0
Japan
Japanese
Shintaro Ishiwatari Pancrase December 3, 2011[27] 3
N/A Vacant CWFC N/A N/A
Brazil
Brazilian
Luiz Henrique Tosta UCMMA February 7, 2015 1
Brazil
Brazilian
Jonas Bilharinho Jungle Fight March 29, 2014 0
South Korea
South Korean
Yoon Jun Lee ROAD FC December 14, 2014 0
Guam
Guam
Kyle Aguon PXC October 24, 2014 0

Flyweight (125 lb, 57 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Demetrious Johnson
UFC September 22, 2012[28] 6
Brazil
Brazilian
Adriano Moraes ONE September 12, 2014 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Alexandre Pantoja RFA September 12, 2014 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Bruno Azevedo XFC March 14, 2015 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Sidemar Honorio CFFC December 12, 2014 0
Japan
Japanese
Masaaki Sugawara
(Bantamweight: 125 lb, 57 kg)
Shooto May 3, 2015 0
Japan
Japanese
Yuki Motoya Deep August 23, 2014 0
Japan
Japanese
Kiyotaka Shimizu
(Super Flyweight: 125 lb, 57 kg)
Pancrase February 7, 2010[29] 6
Germany
German
Rany Saadeh BAMMA August 2, 2014 0
England
English
Giorgio Andrews UCMMA August 18, 2012[30] 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Bruno Menezes Jungle Fight May 9, 2015 0
South Korea
South Korean
Nam Jin Jo ROAD FC July 27, 2014 0
United States
American
Alvin Cacdac PXC November 15, 2014 0

Junior Flyweight (120 lb, 54 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Japan
Japanese
Mitsuhisa Sunabe
(Flyweight: 120 lb, 54 kg)
Pancrase December 3, 2011[27] 1

Strawweight (115 lb, 52 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Thailand
Thai
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke ONE May 22, 2015 0
Japan
Japanese
Yoshitaka Naito
(Flyweight: 115 lb, 52 kg)
Shooto September 27, 2014 1
Brazil
Brazilian
Rogério Carvalho
(Flyweight: 115 lb, 52 kg)
Coliseu Champions MMA August 9, 2012[31] 4

Women[edit]

Women athletes are generally smaller than, and compete at lower weights than their male counterparts.[32]

Featherweight (145 lb, 66 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Brazil
Brazilian
Cristiane Justino Invicta FC July 13, 2013[33] 2

Bantamweight (135 lb, 61 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Ronda Rousey UFC November 8, 2012[34] 5
(Once defended as Strikeforce Champion)
United States
American
Tonya Evinger Invicta FC July 9, 2015 0
Japan
Japanese
Takayo Hashi Deep Jewels May 18, 2014 0
Sweden
Swedish
Pannie Kianzad CWFC November 15, 2014 0
Japan
Japanese
Rin Nakai Pancrase Decembed 1, 2012 0

Flyweight (125 lb, 57 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Barb Honchak Invicta FC April 5, 2013[35] 2
United States
American
Brenda Gonzales
(Jr. Flyweight: 125 lb, 57 kg)
KOTC October 6, 2012[15] 1

Strawweight (115 lb, 52 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Poland
Polish
Joanna Jędrzejczyk UFC March 14, 2015 1
Brazil
Brazil
Livia Renata Souza Invicta FC April 24, 2015 0
Japan
Japanese
Mizuki Inoue Deep Jewels August 9, 2014 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Amanda Ribas Jungle Fight July 4, 2015 0

Atomweight (105 lb, 48 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Japan
Japanese
Ayaka Hamasaki Invicta FC July 9, 2015 0
Japan
Japanese
Mei Yamaguchi Deep Jewels May 31, 2015 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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