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]

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.[4]

Men[edit]

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

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Tony Lopez KOTC September 17, 2011[5] 1

Heavyweight (265 lb, 120 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Cain Velasquez UFC December 29, 2012[6] 2
Russia
Russian
Vitaly Minakov Bellator November 15, 2013[7] 1
Poland
Polish
Damian Grabowski
(Open Weight: Over 205 lb, 93 kg)
M-1 Global November 30, 2013[8] 0
N/A Vacant
(Open Weight: Over 205 lb, 93 kg)
Deep February 2012[9] N/A
United States
American
Nick Rossborough KOTC April 11, 2013 0
United States
American
Josh Barnett
(Open Weight: Over 205 lb, 93 kg)
Pancrase August 31, 2003[10] 2
United States
American
D.J. Linderman Cage Warriors FC (CWFC) June 2, 2012[11] 0
England
English
Darren Towler UCMMA September 17, 2011[12] 1
England
English
Neil Grove
(Interim Heavyweight Champion)
UCMMA December 1, 2012[13] 0
Poland
Polish
Karol Bedorf KSW September 28, 2013[14] 0
United States
Polish
Anthony Hamilton MFC October 4, 2013[15] 0

Cruiserweight (230 lb, 105 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Wes Combs KOTC July 23, 2011[16] 0

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

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Jon Jones UFC March 19, 2011[17] 6
United States
American
Emanuel Newton Bellator March 21, 2014 0
Russia
Russian
Sergey Kornev M-1 Global September 30, 2012[18] 0
Japan
Japanese
Yoshiyuki Nakanishi Deep April 17, 2010[19] 2
South Africa
South African
Trevor Prangley KOTC December 20, 2012[20] 3
N/A Vacant Pancrase May 2011 N/A
N/A Vacant CWFC June 24, 2006 N/A
N/A Vacant MFC November 29, 2011[21] N/A
England
English
Linton Vassell UCMMA February 4, 2012[22] 2
Poland
Polish
Jan Blachowicz KSW November 26, 2011[23] 2
N\A Vacant Jungle Fight N\A

Middleweight (185 lb, 84 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Chris Weidman UFC July 6, 2013[24] 1
Russia
Russian
Alexander Shlemenko Bellator February 7, 2013[25] 2
Russia
Russian
Ramazan Emeev M-1 Global November 15, 2012[26] 0
N/A Vacant Shooto September 30, 2011[27] N/A
N/A Vacant Deep October 6, 2010[28] N/A
United States
American
Sean Strickland KOTC April 26, 2012[29] 2
Japan
Japanese
Ryo Kawamura Pancrase January 28, 2012[30] 1
United States
American
Jesse Taylor CWFC December 31, 2012[31] 0
United States
American
Elvis Mutapcic MFC October 27, 2012[32] 0
England
English
Isaan Khan UCMMA April 6, 2013[13] 0
Poland
Polish
Michal Materla KSW May 12, 2012[33] 1
N/A Vacant Jungle Fight January 8, 2013[34] N/A
Canada
Canadian
David Loiseau TPF February 18, 2011 0
Poland
Polish
Marcin Naruszczka RFC April 13, 2013 0

Welterweight (170 lb, 77 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Johny Hendricks UFC March 14, 2014 0
N/A Vacant Bellator November 14, 2013[35] N/A
Brazil
Brazilian
Rousimar Palhares WSOF March 29, 2014 0
Russia
Russian
Rashid Magomedov M-1 Global March 16, 2012[36] 0
N/A Vacant Shooto August 9, 2011[37] N/A
Japan
Japanese
Yūya Shirai Deep January 24, 2010[38] 2
United States
American
Joshua Aveles KOTC February 7, 2013 0
Japan
Japanese
Takenori Sato Pancrase February 6, 2011[39] 4
France
French
Gaël Grimaud CWFC September 8, 2011[40] 1
United States
American
Nathan Coy MFC May 4, 2012[41] 0
England
English
Jake Bostwick UCMMA May 26, 2012[42] 0
Poland
Polish
Aslambek Saidov KSW December 1, 2012[43] 0
N/A Vacant Jungle Fight August 9, 2011[37] N/A

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

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Derek Campos KOTC October 6, 2012[44] 0

Lightweight (155 lb, 70 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Anthony "Showtime" Pettis UFC August 31, 2013 0
United States
American
Eddie Alvarez Bellator November 02, 2013[45] 0
Russia
Russian
Musa Khamanaev M-1 Global June 21, 2012[8] 0
Japan
Japanese
Kuniyoshi Hironaka
(Welterweight: 154 lb, 70 kg)
Shooto July 18, 2011[46] 1
Japan
Japanese
Daisuke Nakamura Deep June 15, 2012[47] 1
United States
American
Johnny Cottrell KOTC September 15, 2012[48] 0
Japan
Japanese
Isao Kobayashi Pancrase April 1, 2012[49] 1
Japan
Japanese
Shinya Aoki ONE FC April 5, 2013 0
Republic of Ireland
Irish
Conor McGregor CWFC December 31, 2012[31] 0
England
English
Tim Radcliffe UCMMA February 5, 2011[50] 1
Poland
Polish
Maciej Jewtuszko KSW December 1, 2012[43] 0
N/A Vacant Jungle Fight June 23, 2012[51] N/A

Featherweight (145 lb, 66 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Brazil
Brazilian
José Aldo UFC October 28, 2010[52] 6
(Twice defended as WEC champion)
United States
American
Daniel Straus Bellator November 2nd, 2013[53] 0
United States
American
Lance Palmer RFA June 21, 2013[54] 0
Russia
Russian
Marat Gafurov M-1 Global November 15, 2012[26] 0
N/A Vacant
(Lightweight: 143 lb, 65 kg)
Shooto May 31, 2011[55] N/A
Japan
Japanese
Kazunori Yokota Deep February 18, 2012[56] 0
United States
American
Donald Sanchez KOTC March 17, 2012[57] 3
Japan
Japanese
Takumi Nakayama Pancrase August 9, 2012[58] 0
Philippines
Japan
Koji Oishi ONE FC May 31, 2013 1
United States
American
Jim Alers CWFC April 13, 2013[59] 0
England
English
Ashleigh Grimshaw UCMMA May 26, 2012[42] 0

Bantamweight (135 lb, 61 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Brazil
Brazilian
Renan Barão
UFC July 21, 2012[60] 2
Brazil
Brazilian
Eduardo Dantas Bellator April 13, 2012[61] 1
N/A Vacant RFA N/A N/A
Japan
Japanese
Kyoji Horiguchi
(Featherweight: 132 lb, 60 kg)
Shooto March 16, 2013[62] 0
Japan
Japanese
Yoshiro Maeda Deep February 18, 2012[56] 1
United States
American
Marvin Garcia KOTC December 20, 2012[20] 0
Japan
Japanese
Shintaro Ishiwatari Pancrase December 3, 2011[63] 1
Brazil
Brazil
Bibiano Fernandes ONE FC October 18, 2013[64] 0
N/A Vacant CWFC December 2011 N/A
England
English
Cory Tait UCMMA December 1, 2012[13] 0
Brazil
Brazil
Jonas Bilharinho Jungle Fight March 30, 2014 0

Flyweight (125 lb, 57 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Demetrious Johnson UFC September 22, 2012[65] 2
N/A Vacant RFA N/A N/A
N/A Vacant Shooto December 10, 2011[66] N/A
Japan
Japanese
Yuki Motoya
(Flyweight: 129 lb, 58.5 kg)
Deep July 22, 2012[67] 0
Japan
Japanese
Kiyotaka Shimizu
(Super Flyweight: 125 lb, 57 kg)
Pancrase February 7, 2010[68] 5
England
English
Giorgio Andrews UCMMA August 18, 2012[69] 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Rayner da Silva Jungle Fight June 06, 2013 2

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[63] 1

Strawweight (115 lb, 52 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Japan
Japanese
Mikihito Yamagami
(Flyweight: 115 lb, 52 kg)
Shooto November 5, 2011[70] 1

Women[edit]

Women athletes are generally smaller than, and compete at lower weights than their male counterparts.[71]

Featherweight (145 lb, 66 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Brazil
Brazilian
Cris Cyborg Invicta FC July 13, 2013[72] 0
United States
American
Amanda Lucas
(Open Weight: Over 135, 61 kg)
Deep February 18, 2012[56] 0

Bantamweight (135 lb, 61 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Ronda Rousey UFC November 8, 2012[73] 4
(Once defended as Strikeforce Champion)
Japan
Japanese
Rin Nakai Pancrase December 1, 2012[74] 0

Flyweight (125 lb, 57 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Barb Honchak Invicta FC April 5, 2012[75] 0
United States
American
Brenda Gonzales KOTC October 6, 2012[44] 1

Strawweight (115 lb, 52 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Carla Esparza Invicta FC January 5, 2013[76] 0
Japan
Japanese
Ayaka Hamasaki
(Lightweight: 115 lb, 52 kg)
Jewels December 17, 2010[77] 3

Atomweight (105 lb, 48 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Michelle Waterson Invicta FC April 5, 2013[75] 0
Japan
Japanese
Naho Sugiyama
(Featherweight: 105 lb, 48 kg)
Jewels December 17, 2011[78] 0
Japan
Japanese
Satoko Shinashi
(Flyweight: 99 lb, 45 kg)
Deep February 22, 2008[79] 1

See also[edit]

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