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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champions are fighters who have won UFC championships.[1]

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Historical notes

At the time of the UFC's inception in 1993, mixed martial arts was not sanctioned 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, and began introducing weight-specific titles.[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 (WEC). 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 Ultimate Fighter season 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: Alves vs. Kampmann.[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 division's 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 took place at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Miller.[12] In late 2016, a featherweight division was introduced for the women with the first bout to be for the inaugural championship at UFC 208 on February 11, 2017. In that same year the UFC announced the Women's Flyweight division would officially be added, with the winner of the 26th season of The Ultimate Fighter to be named the inaugural champion.

List of UFC champions Historical notes articles: 27

Current champions

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Men

Division Champion Since Defenses
Heavyweight Francis Ngannou Mar 27, 2021 0
Light Heavyweight Jan Błachowicz Sep 27, 2020 1
Middleweight Israel Adesanya Oct 6, 2019 2
Welterweight Kamaru Usman Mar 2, 2019 4
Lightweight Vacant Mar 19, 2021
Featherweight Alexander Volkanovski Dec 14, 2019 1
Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling Mar 6, 2021 0
Flyweight Deiveson Figueiredo Jul 19, 2020 2

Women

Division Champion Since Defenses
Featherweight Amanda Nunes Dec 29, 2018 2
Bantamweight Jul 9, 2016 5
Flyweight Valentina Shevchenko Dec 8, 2018 5
Strawweight Rose Namajunas Apr 24, 2021 0

List of UFC champions Current champions articles: 17

Men's championship history

Heavyweight Championship

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

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

3 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.
4 Bas Rutten
def. Kevin Randleman
UFC 20
Birmingham, AL, US
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 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 Randy Couture (2) UFC 28
Atlantic City, NJ, US
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 Josh Barnett UFC 36
Las Vegas, NV, US
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 Ricco Rodriguez
def. Randy Couture
UFC 39
Uncasville, CT, US
Sep 27, 2002 154 days
9 Tim Sylvia UFC 41
Atlantic City, NJ, US
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 Frank Mir
def. Tim Sylvia
UFC 48
Las Vegas, NV, US
Jun 19, 2004 419 days
- Andrei Arlovski
def. Tim Sylvia for interim title
UFC 51
Las Vegas, NV, US
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 Andrei Arlovski
promoted to undisputed champion
Aug 12, 2005 246 days

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

12 Tim Sylvia (2) UFC 59
Anaheim, CA, US
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 Randy Couture (3) UFC 68
Columbus, OH, US
Mar 3, 2007 623 days
(1,113+ days)

1. def. Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 74 on Aug 25, 2007

- Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
def. Tim Sylvia for interim title
UFC 81
Las Vegas, NV, US
Feb 2, 2008
14 Brock Lesnar UFC 91
Las Vegas, NV, US
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

- Frank Mir
def. interim champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
UFC 92
Las Vegas, NV, US
Dec 27, 2008
- Shane Carwin
def. Frank Mir for interim title
UFC 111
Newark, NJ, US
Mar 27, 2010
15 Cain Velasquez UFC 121
Anaheim, CA, US
Oct 23, 2010 385 days
16 Junior dos Santos UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos
Anaheim, CA, US
Nov 12, 2011 413 days

1. def. Frank Mir at UFC 146 on May 26, 2012

17 Cain Velasquez (2) UFC 155
Las Vegas, NV, US
Dec 29, 2012 896 days
(1,281 days)

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

- Fabrício Werdum
def. Mark Hunt for interim title
UFC 180
Mexico City, Mexico
Nov 15, 2014
18 Fabrício Werdum UFC 188
Mexico City, Mexico
Jun 13, 2015 336 days
19 Stipe Miocic UFC 198
Curitiba, Brazil
May 14, 2016 785 days

1. def. Alistair Overeem at UFC 203 on Sep 10, 2016
2. def. Junior dos Santos at UFC 211 on May 13, 2017
3. def. Francis Ngannou at UFC 220 on Jan 20, 2018

20 Daniel Cormier UFC 226
Las Vegas, NV, US
Jul 7, 2018 407 days

1. def. Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 on Nov 3, 2018

21 Stipe Miocic (2) UFC 241
Anaheim, CA, US
Aug 17, 2019 589 days
(1,374 days)

1. def. Daniel Cormier at UFC 252 on Aug 15, 2020

22 Francis Ngannou UFC 260
Las Vegas, NV, US
Mar 27, 2021 32 days
(Incumbent)

Light Heavyweight Championship

186 to 205 lb (84 to 93 kg)
The Light Heavyweight Championship was known as the Middleweight Championship prior to UFC 31 (May 4, 2001). The Pride World Middleweight Championship (209.4 lb) was unified with the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on September 8, 2007, when Quinton Jackson defeated Dan Henderson at UFC 75.[4]

No. Name Event Date Reign
(Total)
Defenses
1 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 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

- Randy Couture
def. Chuck Liddell for interim title
UFC 43
Las Vegas, NV, US
Jun 6, 2003
3 Randy Couture UFC 44
Las Vegas, NV, US
Sep 26, 2003 127 days
4 Vitor Belfort UFC 46
Las Vegas, NV, US
Jan 31, 2004 203 days
5 Randy Couture (2) UFC 49
Las Vegas, NV, US
Aug 21, 2004 238 days
(365 days)
6 Chuck Liddell UFC 52
Las Vegas, NV, US
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 Quinton Jackson UFC 71
Las Vegas, NV, US
May 26, 2007 406 days

1. def. Dan Henderson at UFC 75 on Sep 8, 2007

8 Forrest Griffin UFC 86
Las Vegas, NV, US
Jul 5, 2008 175 days
9 Rashad Evans UFC 92
Las Vegas, NV, US
Dec 27, 2008 147 days
10 Lyoto Machida UFC 98
Las Vegas, NV, US
May 23, 2009 350 days

1. def. Maurício Rua at UFC 104 on Oct 24, 2009

11 Maurício Rua UFC 113
Montreal, QC, Canada
May 8, 2010 315 days
12 Jon Jones UFC 128
Newark, NJ, US
Mar 19, 2011 1,501 days

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
8. def. Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 on Jan 3, 2015

Jones was stripped of the title on April 28, 2015, due to his involvement and arrest in a felony hit-and-run.[18]
13 Daniel Cormier
def. Anthony Johnson
UFC 187
Las Vegas, NV, US
May 23, 2015 1,315 days

1. def. Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 on Oct 3, 2015
2. def. Anthony Johnson at UFC 210 on Apr 8, 2017
3. def. Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220 on Jan 20, 2018

- Jon Jones
def. Ovince Saint Preux for interim title
UFC 197
Las Vegas, NV, US
Apr 23, 2016
Jones was stripped of the interim title on November 9, 2016, due to his one-year suspension related to a failed pre-fight drug test.[19]
Jones won the undisputed title at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017, but was stripped on September 13, 2017, after his win was overturned to a no-contest due to a failed pre-fight drug test. Cormier was then retroactively reinstated as champion.[20]
Cormier vacated the title on December 28, 2018, 174 days after winning the heavyweight title.[21]
14 Jon Jones (2)
def. Alexander Gustafsson
UFC 232
Inglewood, CA, US
Dec 29, 2018 597 days
(2,098 days)

1. def. Anthony Smith at UFC 235 on Mar 2, 2019
2. def. Thiago Santos at UFC 239 on Jul 6, 2019
3. def. Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 on Feb 8, 2020

Jones vacated the belt on August 17, 2020, citing issues with the UFC over salary negotiation and the desire to compete at heavyweight.[22][23]
15 Jan Błachowicz
def. Dominick Reyes
UFC 253
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Sep 27, 2020 213 days
(incumbent)

1. def. Israel Adesanya at UFC 259 on Mar 6, 2021

Middleweight Championship

171 to 185 lb (78 to 84 kg)
The Pride World Welterweight Championship (183 lb) was unified with the UFC Middleweight Championship on March 1, 2008, when Anderson Silva defeated Dan Henderson at UFC 82.[24]

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 Dave Menne
def. Gil Castillo
UFC 33
Las Vegas, NV, US
Sep 28, 2001 105 days
2 Murilo Bustamante UFC 35
Las Vegas, NV, US
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 Evan Tanner
def. David Terrell
UFC 51
Las Vegas, NV, US
Feb 5, 2005 119 days
4 Rich Franklin UFC 53
Atlantic City, NJ, US
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 Anderson Silva UFC 64
Las Vegas, NV, US
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 Chris Weidman UFC 162
Las Vegas, NV, US
Jul 6, 2013 889 days

1. def. Anderson Silva at UFC 168 on Dec 28, 2013
2. def. Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 on Jul 5, 2014
3. def. Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 on May 23, 2015

7 Luke Rockhold UFC 194
Las Vegas, NV, US
Dec 12, 2015 175 days
8 Michael Bisping UFC 199
Inglewood, CA, US
Jun 4, 2016 518 days

1. def. Dan Henderson at UFC 204 on Oct 8, 2016

- Robert Whittaker
def. Yoel Romero for interim title
UFC 213
Las Vegas, NV, US
Jul 8, 2017
9 Georges St-Pierre UFC 217
New York City, NY, US
Nov 4, 2017 33 days
St-Pierre vacated the title on December 7, 2017, due to ulcerative colitis.[25][26]
10 Robert Whittaker
promoted to undisputed champion
Dec 7, 2017 660 days
- Israel Adesanya
def. Kelvin Gastelum for interim title
UFC 236
Atlanta, GA, US
Apr 13, 2019
11 Israel Adesanya
UFC 243
Melbourne, Australia
Oct 6, 2019 570 days
(incumbent)

1. def. Yoel Romero at UFC 248 on Mar 7, 2020
2. def. Paulo Costa at UFC 253 on Sep 27, 2020

Welterweight Championship

156 to 170 lb (71 to 77 kg)
The Welterweight Championship was known as the Lightweight Championship prior to UFC 31 (May 4, 2001).

No. Name Event Date Reign
(Total)
Defenses
1 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. André 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 Carlos Newton UFC 31
Atlantic City, NJ, US
May 4, 2001 183 days
3 Matt Hughes UFC 34
Las Vegas, NV, US
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 B.J. Penn UFC 46
Las Vegas, NV, US
Jan 31, 2004 107 days
Penn was stripped of the title on May 17, 2004, when he left the UFC for K-1.[27]
5 Matt Hughes (2)
def. Georges St-Pierre
UFC 50
Atlantic City, NJ, US
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 Georges St-Pierre UFC 65
Sacramento, CA, US
Nov 18, 2006 140 days
7 Matt Serra UFC 69
Houston, TX, US
Apr 7, 2007 378 days
- Georges St-Pierre
def. Matt Hughes for interim title
UFC 79
Las Vegas, NV, US
Dec 29, 2007
8 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

- Carlos Condit
def. Nick Diaz for interim title
UFC 143
Las Vegas, NV, US
Feb 4, 2012
St-Pierre vacated the title on December 13, 2013, when he decided to take time off.[28]
9 Johny Hendricks
def. Robbie Lawler
UFC 171
Dallas, TX, US
Mar 15, 2014 266 days
10 Robbie Lawler UFC 181
Las Vegas, NV, US
Dec 6, 2014 602 days

1. def. Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 on Jul 11, 2015
2. def. Carlos Condit at UFC 195 on Jan 2, 2016

11 Tyron Woodley UFC 201
Atlanta, GA, US
Jul 30, 2016 945 days

1. drew with Stephen Thompson at UFC 205 on Nov 12, 2016
2. def. Stephen Thompson at UFC 209 on Mar 4, 2017
3. def. Demian Maia at UFC 214 on Jul 29, 2017
4. def. Darren Till at UFC 228 on Sep 8, 2018

- Colby Covington
def. Rafael dos Anjos for interim title
UFC 225
Chicago, IL, US
Jun 9, 2018
Covington was stripped of the interim title on September 8, 2018, due to injury.[29]
12 Kamaru Usman UFC 235
Las Vegas, NV, US
Mar 2, 2019 788 days
(incumbent)

1. def. Colby Covington at UFC 245 on Dec 14, 2019
2. def. Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 on Jul 12, 2020
3. def. Gilbert Burns at UFC 258 on Feb 13, 2021
4. def. Jorge Masvidal at UFC 264 on Apr 24, 2021

Lightweight Championship

146 to 155 lb (66 to 70 kg)
The Lightweight Championship was known as the Bantamweight Championship prior to UFC 31 (May 4, 2001). The Strikeforce Lightweight Championship was unified (perhaps unofficially) with the UFC Lightweight Championship on April 20, 2013, when Ben Henderson defeated Gilbert Melendez at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez.[30]

No. Name Event Date Reign
(Total)
Defenses
1 Jens Pulver
def. Caol Uno
UFC 30
Atlantic City, NJ, US
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, US in the finale of a four-man tournament for the vacant title.[1]
2 Sean Sherk
def. Kenny Florian
UFC 64
Las Vegas, NV, US
Oct 14, 2006 420 days

1. def. Hermes França 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.[31]
3 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 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 Ben 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 Anthony Pettis UFC 164
Milwaukee, WI, US
Aug 31, 2013 560 days

1. def. Gilbert Melendez at UFC 181 on Dec 6, 2014

7 Rafael dos Anjos UFC 185
Dallas, TX, US
Mar 14, 2015 481 days

1. def. Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 2 on Dec 19, 2015

8 Eddie Alvarez UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez
Las Vegas, NV, US
Jul 7, 2016 128 days
9 Conor McGregor UFC 205
New York City, NY, US
Nov 12, 2016 511 days
- Tony Ferguson
def. Kevin Lee for interim title
UFC 216
Las Vegas, NV, US
Oct 7, 2017
Both McGregor and Ferguson were stripped of their titles on April 7, 2018, due to inactivity and injury, respectively.[32]
10 Khabib Nurmagomedov
def. Al Iaquinta
UFC 223
Brooklyn, NY, US
Apr 7, 2018 1077 days

1. def. Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on Oct 6, 2018
2. def. interim champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 on Sep 7, 2019
3. def. interim champion Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on Oct 24, 2020

- Dustin Poirier
def. Max Holloway for interim title
UFC 236
Atlanta, GA, US
Apr 13, 2019
- Justin Gaethje
def. Tony Ferguson for interim title
UFC 249
Jacksonville, FL, US
May 9, 2020
Nurmagomedov announced his retirement on October 24, 2020.[33] The title was officially vacated on March 19, 2021[34]

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.[35]

No. Name Event Date Reign
(Total)
Defenses
1 José Aldo
promoted to undisputed champion
UFC 123
Auburn Hills, MI, US
Nov 20, 2010 1,848 days

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
7. def. Chad Mendes at UFC 179 on Oct 25, 2014

- Conor McGregor
def. Chad Mendes for interim title
UFC 189
Las Vegas, NV, US
Jul 11, 2015
2 Conor McGregor UFC 194
Las Vegas, NV, US
Dec 12, 2015 350 days
- José Aldo
def. Frankie Edgar for interim title
UFC 200
Las Vegas, NV, US
Jul 9, 2016
McGregor was stripped of the title on November 26, 2016, 14 days after winning the lightweight title.[36][37]
3 José Aldo (2)
promoted to undisputed champion
Nov 26, 2016 189 days
(2,037 days)
- Max Holloway
def. Anthony Pettis for interim title
UFC 206
Toronto, ON, Canada
Dec 10, 2016
4 Max Holloway UFC 212
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jun 3, 2017 925 days

1. def. José Aldo at UFC 218 on Dec 2, 2017
2. def. Brian Ortega at UFC 231 on Dec 8, 2018
3. def. Frankie Edgar at UFC 240 on Jul 27, 2019

5 Alexander Volkanovski UFC 245
Las Vegas, NV, US
Dec 14, 2019 501 days
(incumbent)

1. def. Max Holloway at UFC 251 on Jul 12, 2020

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 was awarded the inaugural UFC Bantamweight Championship.[38]

No. Name Event Date Reign
(Total)
Defenses
1 Dominick Cruz
def. Scott Jorgensen
WEC 53
Glendale, AZ, US
Dec 16, 2010 1,117 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

- 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: Barão 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.[39]
2 Renan Barão
promoted to undisputed champion
Jan 6, 2014 138 days

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

3 T.J. Dillashaw UFC 173
Las Vegas, NV, US
May 24, 2014 603 days

1. def. Joe Soto at UFC 177 on Aug 30, 2014
2. def. Renan Barão at UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2 on Jul 25, 2015

4 Dominick Cruz (2) UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz
Boston, MA, US
Jan 17, 2016 348 days
(1,465 days)

1. def. Urijah Faber at UFC 199 on Jun 4, 2016

5 Cody Garbrandt UFC 207
Las Vegas, NV, US
Dec 30, 2016 309 days
6 T.J. Dillashaw (2) UFC 217
New York City, NY, US
Nov 4, 2017 501 days
(1,104 days)

1. def. Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227 on Aug 4, 2018

Dillashaw vacated the title on March 20, 2019, due to a failed drug test.[40]
7 Henry Cejudo
def. Marlon Moraes
UFC 238
Chicago, IL, US
Jun 8, 2019 352 days

1. def. Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 on May 9, 2020

Cejudo announced his retirement on May 9, 2020. The title was officially vacated on May 24, 2020.[41]
8 Petr Yan
def. José Aldo
UFC 251
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Jul 12, 2020 237 days
9 Aljamain Sterling UFC 259
Las Vegas, NV, US
Mar 6, 2021 53 days
(incumbent)

Flyweight Championship

116 to 125 lb (53 to 57 kg)
Demetrious Johnson defeated Joseph Benavidez on September 22, 2012, at UFC 152 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in the finale of a four-man tournament for the inaugural title.[42]

No. Name Event Date Reign
(Total)
Defenses
1 Demetrious Johnson
def. Joseph Benavidez
UFC 152
Toronto, ON, Canada
Sep 22, 2012 2,142 days

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
6. def. Kyoji Horiguchi at UFC 186 on Apr 25, 2015
7. def. John Dodson at UFC 191 on Sep 5, 2015
8. def. Henry Cejudo at UFC 197 on Apr 23, 2016
9. def. Tim Elliott at The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale on Dec 3, 2016
10. def. Wilson Reis at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis on Apr 15, 2017
11. def. Ray Borg at UFC 216 on Oct 7, 2017

2 Henry Cejudo UFC 227
Los Angeles, CA, US
Aug 4, 2018 574 days 1. def. T.J. Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw on Jan 19, 2019
Cejudo announced on December 20, 2019, that he would vacate his title to focus on defending the bantamweight title. It was officially vacated on February 29, 2020.[43]
3 Deiveson Figueiredo
def. Joseph Benavidez
UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Jul 19, 2020 283 days
(incumbent)

1. def. Alex Perez at UFC 255 on Nov 21, 2020
2. drew with Brandon Moreno at UFC 256 on Dec 12, 2020

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