The FIP World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestlingworld heavyweight championship owned by the Full Impact Pro (FIP) promotion. It is currently the highest ranked championship in FIP. The title was introduced on September 25, 2004 at FIP's "Emergence: Part Two" event as the FIP Heavyweight Championship. It was renamed the FIP World Heavyweight Championship on March 3, 2007, when then-champion Roderick Strong defeated Pac in Liverpool, England at the Ring of Honor (ROH) promotion's "Fifth Year Festival: Liverpool" event. Overall, there have been eighteen reigns shared among thirteen wrestlers. Title changes happen mostly at FIP-promoted events, which are usually released on DVD. The title has changed hands four times at non-FIP events. Reigns two and four occurred at ROH-promoted events, while reigns 10 and 11 happened at Dragon Gate events.
The inaugural champion was Homicide, who defeated CM Punk in the finals of a two-night tournament that concluded on September 25, 2004 at FIP's "Emergence: Part Two" event.Davey Richards, Erick Stevens, and Roderick Strong are tied for the record of most reigns, with two each. At 476 days, Homicide's only reign is the longest in the title's history. Strong, with a combined two reigns, holds the record for most days as champion at 569. Masaaki Mochizuki's only reign holds the record for shortest reign at 49 days. Strong made 26 successful defences during his first reign, the most in a single reign; Strong's two reigns of successful defenses totals to 31, the most of any champion. With zero, Mochizuki's only reign, Richards's second reign and Strong's third reign are tied for the least successful defenses. Fred Yehi is the current champion, after defeating Caleb Konley on May 27, 2016, to win the title.
Since being renamed as a "World Championship" after a UK defense in March 2007, the title has been defended internationally multiple times. Not only has the championship been successfully defended in Japan, China, Canada, Mexico but the title has also changed hands in both Japan and China.
^ abClevett, Jason; John M. Milner (2006-03-30). "Bryan Danielson". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2010-04-10. In January 2005, Danielson defeated Roderick Strong and Homicide to win the FIP Championship as well....His feud with Strong, which crossed over with Ring of Honor, resulted in Strong challenging Danielson to a match on November 11th. Strong said if he lost the match he would leave FIP. Strong defeated Danielson for the title, ending The American Dragon’s title reign at 11 months.
^"Headlines: FIP Headlines for 3.22.10". Full Impact Pro. 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2010-04-10. After a several month hiatus, the stars of FIP make their 2010 debut as FIP presents Southern Stampede. Due to an unforeseen contractual situation with now former FIP Champion Davey Richards, the FIP Championship Committee has declared the FIP World Heavyweight Championship vacant, and a new Champion will be crowned on April 17th at Southern Stampede.