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The UFC championship belt

This is a list of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champions in each weight division.[1]

At the time of the UFC's inception in 1993, the sport of 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.[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 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 of which took place at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller.[12]

Current champions[edit]

Men[13]
Division Champion Since Defenses
Heavyweight United States Cain Velasquez Dec 29, 2012 2
Light Heavyweight United States Jon Jones Mar 19, 2011 7
Middleweight United States Chris Weidman Jul 6, 2013 2
Welterweight United States Johny Hendricks Mar 15, 2014 0
Lightweight United States Anthony Pettis Aug 31, 2013 0
Featherweight Brazil José Aldo Nov 20, 2010 6
Bantamweight United States T.J. Dillashaw May 24, 2014 1
Flyweight United States Demetrious Johnson Sep 22, 2012 5
Women[13]
Division Champion Since Defenses
Bantamweight United States Ronda Rousey Dec 6, 2012 4
Strawweight TBD

Men's Championship history[edit]

Heavyweight Championship[edit]

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 United States Mark Coleman
def. Dan Severn
UFC 12
Dothan, AL, USA
Feb 7, 1997 170 days
2 United States Maurice Smith UFC 14
Birmingham, AL, USA
Jul 27, 1997 147 days

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

3 United States 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.[1]
4 Netherlands 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States Ricco Rodriguez
def. Randy Couture
UFC 39
Uncasville, CT, USA
Sep 27, 2002 154 days
9 United States 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 United States Frank Mir
def. Tim Sylvia
UFC 48
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jun 19, 2004 419 days
- Belarus 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 Belarus Andrei Arlovski
promoted to undisputed champion
Aug 12, 2005 246 days

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

12 United States 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 United States 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

- Brazil Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
def. Tim Sylvia for interim title
UFC 81
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Feb 2, 2008
14 United States 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

- United States Frank Mir (2)
def. interim champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
UFC 92
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 27, 2008
- United States Shane Carwin
def. Frank Mir for interim title
UFC 111
Newark, NJ, USA
Mar 27, 2010
15 United States Cain Velasquez UFC 121
Anaheim, CA, USA
Oct 23, 2010 385 days
16 Brazil 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 United States Cain Velasquez (2) UFC 155
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 29, 2012 660 days
(1045 days)
(incumbent)

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

Light Heavyweight Championship[edit]

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 United States 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 United States 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

- United States Randy Couture
def. Chuck Liddell for interim title
UFC 43
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jun 6, 2003
3 United States Randy Couture UFC 44
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Sep 26, 2003 127 days
4 Brazil Vitor Belfort UFC 46
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jan 31, 2004 203 days
5 United States Randy Couture (2) UFC 49
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Aug 21, 2004 238 days
(365 days)
6 United States 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 United States 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 United States Forrest Griffin UFC 86
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jul 5, 2008 175 days
9 United States Rashad Evans UFC 92
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 27, 2008 147 days
10 Brazil 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 Brazil Maurício Rua UFC 113
Montreal, QC, Canada
May 8, 2010 315 days
12 United States Jon Jones UFC 128
Newark, NJ, USA
Mar 19, 2011 1311 days
(incumbent)

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

Middleweight Championship[edit]

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.[18]
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 United States Dave Menne
def. Gil Castillo
UFC 33
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Sep 28, 2001 105 days
2 Brazil 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 United States Evan Tanner
def. David Terrell
UFC 51
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Feb 5, 2005 119 days
4 United States 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 Brazil 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 United States Chris Weidman UFC 162
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jul 6, 2013 471 days
(incumbent)

1. def. Anderson Silva at UFC 168 on Dec 28, 2013
2. def. Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 on Jul 5, 2014

Welterweight Championship[edit]

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 United States 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. Andre 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 Canada Carlos Newton UFC 31
Atlantic City, NJ, USA
May 4, 2001 183 days
3 United States 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 United States 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.[19]
5 United States 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 Canada Georges St-Pierre UFC 65
Sacramento, CA, USA
Nov 18, 2006 140 days
7 United States Matt Serra UFC 69
Houston, TX, USA
Apr 7, 2007 378 days
- Canada Georges St-Pierre
def. Matt Hughes for interim title
UFC 79
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 29, 2007
8 Canada 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

- United States 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.[20]
9 United States Johny Hendricks
def. Robbie Lawler
UFC 171
Dallas, TX, USA
Mar 15, 2014 219 days
(incumbent)

Lightweight Championship[edit]

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.[21]
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 United States 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 United States Sean Sherk
def. Kenny Florian
UFC 64
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Oct 14, 2006 420 days

1. def. Hermes Franca 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.[22]
3 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States Anthony Pettis UFC 164
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Aug 31, 2013 415 days
(incumbent)

Featherweight Championship[edit]

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.[23]
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 Brazil José Aldo
promoted to undisputed champion
UFC 123
Auburn Hills, MI, USA
Nov 20, 2010 1430 days
(incumbent)

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

Bantamweight Championship[edit]

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 become the inaugural UFC Bantamweight Champion.[24]
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 United States Dominick Cruz
def. Scott Jorgensen
WEC 53
Glendale, AZ, USA
Dec 16, 2010 1117 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

- Brazil 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.[25]
2 Brazil Renan Barão
promoted to undisputed champion
Jan 6, 2014 138 days

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

3 United States T.J. Dillashaw UFC 173
Las Vegas, NV, USA
May 24, 2014 149 days
(incumbent)

1. def. Joe Soto at UFC 177 on Aug 30, 2014

Flyweight Championship[edit]

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.[26]
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 United States Demetrious Johnson
def. Joseph Benavidez
UFC 152
Toronto, ON, Canada
Sep 22, 2012 758 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

Women's Championship history[edit]

Women's Bantamweight Championship[edit]

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.[27]
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 United States Ronda Rousey
promoted to undisputed champion
UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz
press conference
Seattle, WA, USA
Dec 6, 2012 683 days
(incumbent)

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

Women's Strawweight Championship[edit]

106 to 115 lb (48 to 52 kg)
The inaugural title is set to be awarded to the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 20.[11]
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 TBD The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 12, 2014

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.[28]
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 United States 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 United States 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 Winners[edit]

Event Date Division Winner Runner-up
UFC 1 Nov 12, 1993 None Brazil Royce Gracie Netherlands Gerard Gordeau
UFC 2 Mar 11, 1994 None Brazil Royce Gracie (2) United States Patrick Smith
UFC 3 Sep 9, 1994 None United States Steve Jennum Canada Harold Howard
UFC 4 Dec 16, 1994 None Brazil Royce Gracie (3) United States Dan Severn
UFC 5 Apr 7, 1995 None United States Dan Severn Canada Dave Beneteau
UFC 6 Jul 14, 1995 None Russia Oleg Taktarov United States David Abbott
UFC 7 Sep 8, 1995 None Brazil Marco Ruas United States Paul Varelans
The Ultimate Ultimate Dec 16, 1995 None United States Dan Severn (2) Russia Oleg Taktarov
UFC 8 Feb 16, 1996 None United States Don Frye Trinidad and Tobago Gary Goodridge
UFC 10 Jul 12, 1996 None United States Mark Coleman United States Don Frye
UFC 11 Sep 20, 1996 None United States Mark Coleman (2) United States Scott Ferrozzo
The Ultimate Ultimate 2 Dec 7, 1996 None United States Don Frye (2) United States David Abbott
UFC 12 Feb 7, 1997 Heavyweight Brazil Vitor Belfort United States Scott Ferrozzo
Lightweight United States Jerry Bohlander United States Nick Sanzo
UFC 13 May 30, 1997 Heavyweight United States Randy Couture United States Steven Graham
Lightweight United States Guy Mezger United States Tito Ortiz
UFC 14 July 27, 1997 Heavyweight United States Mark Kerr United States Dan Bobish
Middleweight United States Kevin Jackson United States Tony Fryklund
UFC 15 Oct 17, 1997 Heavyweight United States Mark Kerr (2) United States Dwayne Cason
Ultimate Japan Dec 21, 1997 Heavyweight Japan Kazushi Sakuraba Brazil Marcus Silveira
UFC 16 Mar 13, 1998 Lightweight United States Pat Miletich United States Chris Brennan
UFC 17 May 15, 1998 Middleweight United States Dan Henderson Canada Carlos Newton
UFC 23 Nov 19, 1999 Middleweight Japan Kenichi Yamamoto Japan 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 United States Demetrious Johnson United States Joseph Benavidez

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Season Finale Division Winner Runner-up
TUF 1: Team Couture vs. Team Liddell Apr 9, 2005 Light Heavyweight United States Forrest Griffin United States Stephan Bonnar
Middleweight United States Diego Sanchez United States Kenny Florian
TUF 2: Team Hughes vs. Team Franklin Nov 5, 2005 Heavyweight United States Rashad Evans United States Brad Imes
Welterweight United States Joe Stevenson United States Luke Cummo
TUF 3: Team Ortiz vs. Team Shamrock Jun 24, 2006 Middleweight United States Kendall Grove United States Ed Herman
Light Heavyweight England Michael Bisping United States Josh Haynes
TUF 4: The Comeback Nov 11, 2006 Middleweight United States Travis Lutter Canada Patrick Côté
Welterweight United States Matt Serra United States Chris Lytle
TUF 5: Team Pulver vs. Team Penn Jun 23, 2007 Lightweight United States Nate Diaz Armenia Manvel Gamburyan
TUF 6: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra Dec 8, 2007 Welterweight United States Mac Danzig United States Tommy Speer
TUF 7: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest Jun 21, 2008 Middleweight United States Amir Sadollah United States C.B. Dollaway
TUF 8: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir Dec 13, 2008 Light Heavyweight United States Ryan Bader Brazil Vinicius Magalhães
Lightweight Mexico Efrain Escudero United States Phillipe Nover
TUF 9: United States vs. United Kingdom Jun 20, 2009 Lightweight England Ross Pearson Grenada Andre Winner
Welterweight England James Wilks United States DaMarques Johnson
TUF 10: Heavyweights Dec 5, 2009 Heavyweight United States Roy Nelson United States Brendan Schaub
TUF 11: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Jun 19, 2010 Middleweight United States Court McGee Germany Kris McCray
TUF 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Dec 4, 2010 Lightweight United States Jonathan Brookins United States Michael Johnson
TUF 13: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos Jun 4, 2011 Welterweight United States Tony Ferguson United States Ramsey Nijem
TUF 14: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller Dec 3, 2011 Bantamweight United States John Dodson United States T.J. Dillashaw
Featherweight Brazil Diego Brandao United States Dennis Bermudez
TUF 15: Live Jun 1, 2012 Lightweight United States Michael Chiesa United States Al Iaquinta
TUF: Brazil Jun 23, 2012 Featherweight Brazil Rony Mariano Bezerra Brazil Godofredo Pepey
Middleweight Brazil Cezar Ferreira Brazil Sergio Moraes
TUF 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Dec 15, 2012 Welterweight United States Colton Smith Canada Mike Ricci
TUF: The Smashes Dec 15, 2012 Lightweight Norman Parke England Colin Fletcher
Welterweight New Zealand Robert Whittaker England Brad Scott
TUF 17: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Apr 13, 2013 Middleweight United States Kelvin Gastelum Jamaica Uriah Hall
TUF: Brazil 2 Jun 8, 2013 Welterweight Brazil Leonardo Santos Brazil William Macario
TUF 18: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate Nov 30, 2013 Bantamweight United States Chris Holdsworth England David Grant
Women's Bantamweight United States Julianna Peña Canada Jessica Rakoczy
The Ultimate Fighter: China Nov 30, 2013 Featherweight China Ning Guangyou China Yang Jianping
Welterweight China Zhang Lipeng China Wang Sai
The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia Apr 16, 2014 Welterweight Canada Chad Laprise Canada Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Middleweight Canada Elias Theodorou Canada Sheldon Westcott
TUF: Brazil 3 May 31, 2014 Middleweight Brazil Warlley Alves Brazil Márcio Alexandre
Heavyweight Brazil Antônio Carlos Júnior Brazil Vitor Miranda
TUF 19: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Jul 6, 2014 Middleweight Jamaica Eddie Gordon Brazil Dhiego Lima
Light Heavyweight United States Corey Anderson United States Matt Van Buren

Champions by nationality[edit]

Division champions include title holders and interim title holders. Interim champions who become undisputed champions are listed only once. Tournament runners-up and The Ultimate Fighter runners-up are not included.

Country Division
champions
Tournament
champions
TUF
Winners
Total
United States USA 46 16 22 84
Brazil Brazil 9 5 6 20
Canada Canada 3 - 2 5
England England - - 3 3
China China - - 2 2
Japan Japan - 2 - 2
Belarus Belarus 1 - - 1
Jamaica Jamaica - - 1 1
Mexico Mexico - - 1 1
Netherlands Netherlands 1 - - 1
New Zealand New Zealand - - 1 1
Northern Ireland - - 1 1
Russia Russia - 1 - 1

Multi-division Champions[edit]

Fighters who have won championships in multiple weight classes.[29] Tournament championships and The Ultimate Fighter winners are not included.
Champion Division Won Lost Defenses Reign Total reign
United States 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 03, 2007 (UFC 68) Nov 15, 2008 (UFC 91) 1 623 days
United States B.J. Penn Welterweight Jan 31, 2004 (UFC 46) May 17, 2004 (stripped) 0 107 days 000919 days
Lightweight Jan 19, 2008 (UFC 80) Apr 10, 2010 (UFC 112) 3 812 days

Most consecutive title defenses[edit]

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.[30]

Defenses Champion Division Period
10 Brazil Anderson Silva Middleweight Oct 14, 2006 - Jul 6, 2013
9 Canada Georges St-Pierre Welterweight Apr 19, 2008 - Dec 13, 2013
7 United States Jon Jones Light Heavyweight Mar 19, 2011 - present
6 Brazil José Aldo Featherweight Nov 20, 2010 - present
5 United States Tito Ortiz Light Heavyweight Apr 14, 2000 - Sep 26, 2003
United States Matt Hughes Welterweight Nov 2, 2001 - Jan 31, 2004
United States Demetrious Johnson Flyweight Sep 22, 2012 - present
4 United States Frank Shamrock Light Heavyweight Dec 21, 1997 - Nov 24, 1999
United States Pat Miletich Welterweight Oct 16, 1998 - May 4, 2001
United States Chuck Liddell Light Heavyweight Apr 16, 2005 - May 26, 2007
United States Ronda Rousey Women's Bantamweight Dec 6, 2012 - present
3 United States B.J. Penn Lightweight Jan 19, 2008 - Apr 10, 2010
United States Frankie Edgar[a] Lightweight Apr 10, 2010 - Feb 26, 2012
United States Benson Henderson Lightweight Feb 26, 2012 - Aug 31, 2013
Brazil Renan Barão[b] Bantamweight Jul 21, 2012 - May 24, 2014
  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.

Most wins in title bouts[edit]

Fighters with four or more championship and/or interim championship title wins.[31] 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 Canada Georges St-Pierre Welterweight 12 - 2 - 0
11 Brazil Anderson Silva Middleweight 11 - 2 - 0
9 United States Randy Couture Heavyweight
Light Heavyweight
6 - 3 - 0
3 - 3 - 0
United States Matt Hughes Welterweight 9 - 3 - 0
8 United States Jon Jones Light Heavyweight 8 - 0 - 0
6 United States Tito Ortiz Light Heavyweight 6 - 3 - 0
United States Demetrious Johnson Flyweight
Bantamweight
6 - 0 - 0
0 - 1 - 0
Brazil José Aldo Featherweight 6 - 0 - 0
5 United States B.J. Penn Welterweight
Lightweight
1 - 2 - 0
4 - 3 - 1
United States Tim Sylvia Heavyweight 5 - 4 - 0
United States Chuck Liddell Light Heavyweight 5 - 2 - 0
United States Pat Miletich Welterweight 5 - 1 - 0
United States Frank Shamrock Light Heavyweight 5 - 0 - 0
4 Brazil Renan Barão Bantamweight 4 - 1 - 0
United States Benson Henderson Lightweight 4 - 1 - 0
United States Cain Velasquez Heavyweight 4 - 1 - 0
United States Ronda Rousey Women's Bantamweight 4 - 0 - 0

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