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 bodies.[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 considered 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.

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
United States
American
Tony Lopez KOTC September 17, 2011 1

Heavyweight (265 lb, 120 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Stipe Miocic UFC May 15, 2016 2
N/A Vacant Bellator N/A N/A
Bulgaria
Bulgarian
Blagoy Ivanov PFL June 5, 2015 3
Serbia
Serbia
Darko Stosic FFC September 23, 2016 2
Philippines
Philippines
Brandon Vera One December 11, 2015 1
United States
American
Richard Odoms LFA June 30, 2017 0
N/A Vacant M-1 Global N/A N/A
India
Indian
Singh Jaideep
(Megatonweight: over 205 lb, 93 kg)
Deep October 17, 2015 0
United States
American
Tony Lopez KOTC September 25, 2015 1
N/A Vacant CWFC N/A N/A
England
English
John Demmel UCMMA November 7, 2015 1
Poland
Polish
Marcin Różalski KSW May 27, 2017 0
Brazil
Brazilian
João Almeida Jungle Fight September 3, 2016 0
England
English
Oli Thompson IGF December 31, 2015 0
United States
American
Mighty Mo
(Openweight: no weight limit)
Road FC September 24, 2016 2
N/A Vacant BAMMA N/A N/A

Cruiserweight (225 lb, 102 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Wes Combs KOTC July 23, 2011 1
Brazil
Brazilian
Bruno Cappelozza Jungle Fight October 24, 2015 0

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

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Daniel Cormier UFC May 23, 2015 2
United States
American
Ryan Bader Bellator June 24, 2017 0
N/A Vacant PFL N/A N/A
N/A Vacant FFC N/A N/A
Brazil
Brazilian
Roger Gracie One May 6, 2016 0
N/A Vacant Titan FC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant LFA N/A N/A
Russia
Russian
Rashid Yusupov M-1 Global May 27, 2016 1
Japan
Japanese
Yoshiyuki Nakanishi Deep April 17, 2010[6] 3
United States
American
Tony Lopez KOTC August 6, 2016 0
N/A Vacant Pancrase N/A N/A
N/A Vacant CWFC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant MFC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant BAMMA N/A N/A
Czech Republic
Czech Republic
Karlos Vemola UCMMA May 2, 2015 0
Poland
Polish
Tomasz Narkun KSW October 31, 2015 2
Brazil
Brazilian
Bruno Cappelozza Jungle Fight May 21, 2016 0

Middleweight (185 lb, 84 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Canadian Georges St-Pierre UFC November 4, 2017 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Rafael Carvalho Bellator October 23, 2015 1
N/A Vacant PFL N/A N/A
Myanmar
Myanmar
Aung La N Sang (The Burmese Python)[7] One June 30, 2017 0
United States
American
David Mitchell FFC December 17, 2016 0
N/A Vacant LFA N/A N/A
N/A Vacant M-1 Global N/A N/A
N/A Vacant Shooto N/A N/A
South Korea
South Korean
Young Choi Deep October 11, 2015 0
United States
American
Sidiah Parker KOTC October 8, 2016 0
N/A Vacant Pancrase N/A N/A
N/A Vacant CWFC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant MFC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant BAMMA N/A N/A
England
English
Mike Shipman UCMMA November 7, 2015 0
Poland
Polish
Mamed Khalidov KSW November 28, 2015 1
Brazil
Brazilian
Paulo Henrique Costa Jungle Fight May 21, 2016 1
United States
American
David Mitchell TPF February 15, 2015 0
South Korea
South Korean
Jung Hwan Cha Road FC January 31, 2016 1

Welterweight (170 lb, 77 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Tyron Woodley UFC July 30, 2016 2
Brazil
Brazil
Douglas Lima Bellator November 10, 2016 1
United States
American
Jon Fitch PFL April 2, 2016 1
Germany
German
Roberto Soldic FFC December 17, 2016 0
United States
American
Ben Askren One August 29, 2014 1
Jamaica
Jamaican
Jason Jackson Titan December 2, 2016 0
United States
American
Derrick Krantz LFA May 18, 2017 1
Russia
Russian
Alexey Kunchenko M-1 Global April 9, 2016 2
N/A Vacant Shooto N/A N/A
N/A Vacant Deep N/A N/A
United States
American
Ben Egli KOTC October 1, 2016 0
Japan
Japanese
Akihiro Murayama Pancrase March 13, 2016 0
N/A Vacant CWFC N/A N/A
N/A Vacant MFC N/A N/A
N/A Alex Lohore BAMMA September 15, 2017 N/A
England
English
Bill Beaumont UCMMA February 7, 2015 0
Poland
Polish
Borys Mańkowski KSW May 17, 2014 1
Brazil
Brazilian
Handesson Ferreira Jungle Fight December 5, 2015 0

Super Lightweight (165 lb, 75 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Alex Reyes KOTC March 15, 2015 1

Lightweight (155 lb, 70 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Republic of Ireland
Irish
Conor McGregor UFC November 12, 2016 0
United States
American
Brent Primus Bellator June 24, 2017 0
N/A Vacant PFL N/A N/A
Croatia
Croatian
Luka Jelcic FFC December 27, 2016 0
Philippines
Philippines
Edward Folayang
(170 lb, 77 kg)
One November 11, 2016 0
N/A} Vacant LFA N/A N/A
Brazil
Brazilian
Freddy Assunção Titan August 5, 2016 0
Russia
Russian
Abukar Yandiev M-1 Global February 18, 2017 0
Japan
Japanese
Koshi Matsumoto
(Welterweight: 155 lb, 70 kg)
Shooto April 23, 2016 0
Japan
Japanese
Vacant Deep July 20, 2015 0
United States
American
Alex Reyes KOTC December 4, 2014 2
Japan
Japanese
Takasuke Kume Pancrase September 11, 2016 0
England
English
Chris Fishgold CWFC July 8, 2016 2
Tunisia
Tunisian
Mansour Barnaoui BAMMA September 14, 2013 1
Ukraine
Ukrainian
Maksym Matus UCMMA May 3, 2014 1
Poland
Polish
Mateusz Gamrot KSW May 27, 2016 1
Brazil
Brazilian
Erick Barbosa Jungle Fight October 24, 2015 0
South Korea
South Korean
A Sol Kwon Road FC August 17, 2014 2

Featherweight (145 lb, 66 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Max Holloway UFC June 3, 2017 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Patrício Freire Bellator April 21, 2017 0
United States
American
Andre Harrison PFL July 30, 2016 1
Croatia
Croatian
Filip Pejic FFC September 23, 2016 1
Russia
Russian
Marat Gafurov
(155 lb, 70 kg)
One November 21, 2015 1
N/A Vacant Titan N/A N/A
United States
American
Kevin Aguilar LFA July 1, 2016 1
Slovakia
Slovak
Ivan Buchinger M-1 Global October 17, 2014 0
Japan
Japanese
Yutaka Saito
(Lightweight: 145 lb, 66 kg)
Shooto January 11, 2016 0
Japan
Japanese
Kazunori Yokota Deep February 18, 2012[8] 1
United States
American
Jordan Griffin
(Bantamweight: 145 lb, 66 kg)
KOTC August 8, 2015 1
United States
American
Andy Main Pancrase October 4, 2015 1
Canada
Canadian
Paddy Pimblett CWFC September 10, 2016 1
Japan
Japanese
Kleber Koike Erbst KSW May 27, 2017 0
N/A Vacant BAMMA N/A N/A
England
English
Ashleigh Grimshaw UCMMA May 26, 2012[9] 1
Brazil
Brazilian
Valdines Silva Jungle Fight April 30, 2016 0
South Korea
South Korean
Mu Gyeom Choi Road FC February 9, 2014 3

Bantamweight (135 lb, 61 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
TJ Dillishaw UFC November 4, 2017 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Eduardo Dantas Bellator June 17, 2016 0
Russia
Russian
Bekbulat Magomedov PFL March 18, 2017 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Bibiano Fernandes
(145 lb, 66 kg)
One October 18, 2013[10] 4
Russia
Russian
Movsar Evloev M-1 Global July 22, 2017 0
N/A Vacant LFA N/A N/A
United States
American
Jose Torres Titan May 18, 2017 0
N/A Vacant
(Featherweight: 135 lb, 61 kg)
Shooto N/A N/A
Japan
Japanese
Takafumi Otsuka Deep April 29, 2014 2
United States
American
Randy Steinke
(Flyweight: 135 lb, 61 kg)
KOTC August 2014 0
Japan
Japanese
Shintaro Ishiwatari Pancrase December 3, 2011[11] 4
N/A Vacant CWFC N/A N/A
Brazil
Brazilian
Luiz Henrique Tosta UCMMA February 7, 2015 1
Brazil
Brazilian
Josenaldo Silva Jungle Fight April 30, 2016 0
South Korea
South Korea
Soo Chul Kim Road FC April 15, 2017 0

Flyweight (125 lb, 57 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
United States
American
Demetrious Johnson
UFC September 22, 2012[12] 11
N/A Vacant PFL N/A N/A
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstani
Kairat Akhmetov
(135 lb, 61 kg)
One November 21, 2015 0
N/A Vacant LFA N/A N/A
United States
American
Jose Torres Titan August 5, 2016 1
Brazil
Brazilian
Bruno Azevedo XFC March 14, 2015 0
United States
American
Louis Gaudinot CFFC September 12, 2015 0
Japan
Japanese
Hiromasa Ogikubo
(Bantamweight: 125 lb, 57 kg)
Shooto April 23, 2016[13] 0
Japan
Japanese
Tatsumitsu Wada Deep June 26, 2016 0
N/A Vacant Pancrase N/A N/A
United States
American
John DeVall
(Jr. Flyweight: 125 lb, 57 kg)
KOTC August 1, 2015 0
Germany
German
Rany Saadeh BAMMA August 2, 2014 2
England
English
Giorgio Andrews UCMMA August 18, 2012[14] 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Bruno Menezes Jungle Fight May 9, 2015 1
South Korea
South Korean
Min Jong Song Road FC October 9, 2015 0

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

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Japan
Japanese
Kent Kambe
(Light Flyweight: 120 lb, 54 kg)
Pancrase December 13, 2015 0

Strawweight (115 lb, 52 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Japan
Japanese
Yoshitaka Naito
(125 lb, 57 kg)
One May 27, 2016 0
Japan
Japanese
Mitsuhisa Sunabe Pancrase November 1, 2015 0
Japan
Japanese
Ryohei Kurosawa
(Flyweight: 115 lb, 52 kg)
Shooto July 17, 2016 0

Women[edit]

Women athletes are generally smaller than, and compete at lower weights than their male counterparts.[15]

Featherweight (145 lb, 66 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Brazil
Brazilian
Cris Cyborg UFC July 29, 2017 0
Australia
Australian
Megan Anderson Invicta FC March 24, 2017 0
United States
American
Julia Budd Bellator March 3, 2017 0

Bantamweight (135 lb, 61 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Brazil
Brazilian
Amanda Nunes UFC July 9, 2016 2
Russia
Russian
Yana Kunitskaya Invicta FC August 31, 2017 0
South Korea
South Korean
Ji Yeon Kim Deep Jewels August 29, 2015 0
N/A Vacant Pancrase N/A N/A
Brazil
Brazilian
Simone Duarte Jungle Fight July 30, 2016 0

Flyweight (125 lb, 57 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Brazil
Brazilian
Jennifer Maia Invicta FC March 11, 2016 1
United States
American
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Bellator November 3, 2017 0
Brazil
Brazilian
Ariane Lipski KSW May 27, 2017 1
United States
American
Nicco Montano
(Jr. Flyweight: 125 lb, 57 kg)
KOTC October 8, 2016 1

Strawweight (115 lb, 52 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
American Rose Namajunas UFC November 4, 2017 0
N/A Vacant Invicta FC N/A N/A
Japan
Japanese
Mizuki Inoue Deep Jewels August 9, 2014 1
Brazil
Brazilian
Polyana Viana Jungle Fight November 28, 2015 0
United States
American
Stephanie Frausto KOTC June 24, 2017 0
Japan
Japanese
Syuri Kondo Pancrase May 28, 2017 0

Atomweight (105 lb, 48 kg)[edit]

Name Organization Date No. of title defenses
Japan
Japanese
Ayaka Hamasaki Invicta FC July 9, 2015 2
Japan
Japanese
Mina Kurobe Deep Jewels February 27, 2017 0
Singapore
Singaporean
Angela Lee
(115 lb, 52 kg)
One May 6, 2016 2
Canada
Canadian
Melissa Karagianis KOTC August 12, 2017 0
South Korea
South Korea
Seo Hee Ham Road FC June 10, 2017 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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