UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

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] A fourth weight class, the bantamweight division, then arrived at UFC 26 to include 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.

In late 2010, the UFC merged with their sister organization, World Extreme Cagefighting. Due to the WEC's focus on lighter weight classes, this merger of talent necessitated the addition of both the featherweight and bantamweight divisions to the UFC, starting with the TUF 12 finale.[8]

Two years later the UFC again expanded their divisional offerings when, in early 2012, they announced the introduction of the flyweight division to their ranks, beginning with UFC on FX 2.[9] Then, 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 135 pound Women's Bantamweight division was brought over with the premiere bout taking place at UFC 157.[10]

Current champions

Men[11]
Weight class Champion Since Defenses
Heavyweight United States Cain Velasquez Dec 29, 2012 2
Light Heavyweight United States Jon Jones Mar 19, 2011 6
Middleweight United States Chris Weidman Jul 6, 2013 0
Welterweight Canada Georges St-Pierre Apr 19, 2008 8
Lightweight United States Anthony Pettis Aug 31, 2013 0
Featherweight Brazil José Aldo Nov 20, 2010 5
Bantamweight United States Dominick Cruz Dec 16, 2010 2
Brazil Renan Barão
Interim champion
Jul 21, 2012 2
Flyweight United States Demetrious Johnson Sep 22, 2012 2
Women[11]
Weight class Champion Since Defenses
Bantamweight United States Ronda Rousey Dec 6, 2012 1

Men's Championship history

Heavyweight Championship

206 to 265 lb (93 to 120 kg)'

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 October 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.[12]
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.[13]
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.[14]
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.[15]
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
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 1
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 555 days
(940 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

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 1206 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

Middleweight Championship

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.[16]
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 2,458 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 366 days
(incumbent)

Welterweight Championship

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.[17]
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 2,270 days
(2,410 days)
(incumbent)

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

- United States Carlos Condit
def. Nick Diaz for interim title
UFC 143
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Feb 4, 2012

Lightweight Championship

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 7.[18]
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.[19]
3 United States B.J. Penn
def. Joe Stevenson
UFC 80
Newcastle, 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 5 on Dec 8, 2012
3. def. Gilbert Melendez at UFC on Fox 7 on Apr 20, 2013

6 United States Anthony Pettis UFC 164
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Aug 31, 2013 310 days
(incumbent)

Featherweight Championship

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.[20]
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 Brazil José Aldo
promoted to undisputed champion
UFC 123
Auburn Hills, MI, USA
Nov 20, 2010 1325 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

Bantamweight Championship

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.[21]
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 United States Dominick Cruz
def. Scott Jorgensen
WEC 53
Glendale, AZ, USA
Dec 16, 2010 1299 days
(incumbent)

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 716 days
(incumbent)

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

Flyweight Championship

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.[22]
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 United States Demetrious Johnson
def. Joseph Benavidez
UFC 152
Toronto, ON, Canada
Sep 22, 2012 653 days
(incumbent)

1. def. John Dodson at UFC on Fox 6 on Jan 26, 2013
2. def. John Moraga at UFC on Fox 8 on Jul 27, 2013

Women's Championship history

Women's Bantamweight Championship

126 to 135 lb (57 to 61 kg)
Prior to its folding and absorption by the UFC, Ronda Rousey was the Women's Bantamweight Champion of similarly Zuffa-owned Strikeforce. Rousey was awarded the inaugural UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship on December 6, 2012, at a UFC on Fox 5 pre-event press conference.[23]
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 United States Ronda Rousey
promoted to undisputed champion
UFC on Fox 5
press conference
Seattle, WA, USA
Dec 6, 2012 578 days
(incumbent)

1. def. Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 on Feb 23, 2013

Superfight Championship

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.[24]
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 Heavyweight Champion.[4]

Tournament Champions

Event Date Weight class 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
Light Heavyweight 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

Season Date Weight class Winner Runner-up
The Ultimate Fighter 1:
Team Couture vs. Team Liddell
April 9, 2005 Light Heavyweight United States Forrest Griffin United States Stephan Bonnar
Middleweight United States Diego Sanchez United States Kenny Florian
The Ultimate Fighter 2:
Team Hughes vs. Team Franklin
November 5, 2005 Heavyweight United States Rashad Evans United States Brad Imes
Welterweight United States Joe Stevenson United States Luke Cummo
The Ultimate Fighter 3:
Team Ortiz vs. Team Shamrock
June 24, 2006 Middleweight United States Kendall Grove United States Ed Herman
Light Heavyweight England Michael Bisping United States Josh Haynes
The Ultimate Fighter 4 :
The Comeback
November 11, 2006 Middleweight United States Travis Lutter Canada Patrick Côté
Welterweight United States Matt Serra United States Chris Lytle
The Ultimate Fighter 5:
Team Pulver vs. Team Penn
June 23, 2007 Lightweight United States Nate Diaz Armenia Manvel Gamburyan
The Ultimate Fighter 6:
Team Hughes vs. Team Serra
December 8, 2007 Welterweight United States Mac Danzig United States Tommy Speer
The Ultimate Fighter 7:
Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest
June 21, 2008 Middleweight United States Amir Sadollah United States C.B. Dollaway
The Ultimate Fighter 8:
Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir
December 13, 2008 Light Heavyweight United States Ryan Bader Brazil Vinicius Magalhães
Lightweight Mexico Efrain Escudero United States Phillipe Nover
The Ultimate Fighter 9:
United States vs. United Kingdom
June 20, 2009 Lightweight England Ross Pearson Grenada Andre Winner
Welterweight England James Wilks United States DaMarques Johnson
The Ultimate Fighter 10:
Heavyweights
December 5, 2009 Heavyweight United States Roy Nelson United States Brendan Schaub
The Ultimate Fighter 11:
Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz
June 19, 2010 Middleweight United States Court McGee West Germany Kris McCray
The Ultimate Fighter 12:
Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck
December 4, 2010 Lightweight United States Jonathan Brookins United States Michael Johnson
The Ultimate Fighter 13:
Team Lesnar vs. Team Dos Santos
June 4, 2011 Welterweight United States Tony Ferguson United States Ramsey Nijem
The Ultimate Fighter 14:
Team Bisping vs. Team Miller
December 3, 2011 Bantamweight United States John Dodson United States T.J. Dillashaw
Featherweight Brazil Diego Brandao United States Dennis Bermudez
The Ultimate Fighter 15: Live June 1, 2012 Lightweight United States Michael Chiesa United States Al Iaquinta
The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil June 23, 2012 Featherweight Brazil Rony Mariano Bezerra Brazil Godofredo Pepey
Middleweight Brazil Cezar Ferreira Brazil Sergio Moraes
The Ultimate Fighter 16:
Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson
December 15, 2012 Welterweight United States Colton Smith Canada Mike Ricci
The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes December 15, 2012 Lightweight Northern Ireland Norman Parke England Colin Fletcher
Welterweight New Zealand Robert Whittaker England Brad Scott
The Ultimate Fighter 17:
Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen
April 13, 2013 Middleweight United States Kelvin Gastelum Jamaica Uriah Hall
The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 June 8, 2013 Welterweight Brazil Leonardo Santos Brazil William Macario

Multi-Divisional Champions

The following includes all fighters who have won championship titles in multiple weight classes. Tournament championships and Ultimate Fighter winners are not included. [25]
Champion Weight class Event Reign Defenses Total reign
United States Randy Couture Heavyweight UFC Japan on Dec 21, 1997
UFC 28 on Nov 17, 2000
? days
490 days
0 (stripped)
2
1,478+ days
Light Heavyweight UFC 44 on Sep 26, 2003
UFC 49 on Aug 21, 2004
127 days
238 days
0
0
Heavyweight UFC 68 on Mar 3, 2007 623 days 1
United States B.J. Penn Welterweight UFC 46 on Jan 31, 2004 107 days 0 (stripped) 919 days
Lightweight UFC 80 on Jan 19, 2008 812 days 3

Champions by nationality

Division champions includes both title holders and interim title holders. Interim champions who move on to full champion status are listed only once. UFC tournament runner-ups and Ultimate Fighter runner-ups are not included.

Country Division
Champions
Tournament
Champions
Ultimate Fighter
winners
Total
United States United States 46 16 19 81
Brazil Brazil 9 5 4 18
Canada Canada 3 - - 3
England England - - 3 3
Japan Japan - 2 - 2
Belarus Belarus 1 - - 1
Mexico Mexico - - 1 1
Netherlands Netherlands 1 - - 1
New Zealand New Zealand - - 1 1
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland - - 1 1
Russia Russia - 1 - 1

Most consecutive title defenses

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.[26]

Defenses Champion Weight class Span
10 Brazil Anderson Silva Middleweight Oct 14, 2006 - Jul 6, 2013
8 Canada Georges St-Pierre Welterweight Apr 19, 2008 - current
6 United States Jon Jones Light Heavyweight Mar 19, 2011 - current
5 United States Tito Ortiz Light Heavyweight Apr 14, 2000 - Sep 26, 2003
United States Matt Hughes Welterweight Nov 2, 2001 - Jan 31, 2004
Brazil José Aldo Featherweight Nov 20, 2010 - current
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
3 United States B.J. Penn Lightweight Jan 19, 2008 - Apr 10, 2010
United States Frankie Edgar Lightweight Apr 10, 2010 - Feb 26, 2012
United States Benson Henderson Lightweight Feb 26, 2012 - Aug 31, 2013

Most wins in title bouts

The following includes all fighters with four or more championship and/or interim championship title wins. Fighters with the same number of title wins are arranged in order of most title bouts. Tournament championships and Ultimate Fighter winners are not included.[27]

Title wins

Champion

Weight class

Record in title bouts
(Win-Loss-Draw)
11 Canada Georges St-Pierre Welterweight 11 - 2 - 0
Brazil Anderson Silva Middleweight 11 - 1 - 0
9 United States Randy Couture Heavyweight
Light Heavyweight
6 - 3 - 0
3 - 3 - 0
United States Matt Hughes Welterweight 9 - 3 - 0
7 United States Jon Jones Light Heavyweight 7 - 0 - 0
6 United States Tito Ortiz Light Heavyweight 6 - 3 - 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
Brazil José Aldo Featherweight 5 - 0 - 0
United States Frank Shamrock Light Heavyweight 5 - 0 - 0
4 United States Benson Henderson Lightweight 4 - 1 - 0
United States Cain Velasquez Heavyweight 4 - 1 - 0

See also

References

External links

  • UFC.com

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