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This list covers all main championships held in Zuffa promotions, including unified championship histories for main weightclasses.

Men's Championship historyEdit

Super Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

Over 265 lbs (Over 120 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 United States Ron Waterman
def. James Nevarez
WEC 7
Lemoore, CA, USA
August 9, 2003

1. def. Ricco Rodriguez at WEC 16 on Aug 18, 2005 in Lemoore, CA, USA

The WEC Super Heavyweight division was abolished December 2006 when Zuffa purchased the organization.

Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

206 to 265 lb (93 to 120 kg)

No.NameEventDateReignDefenses
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 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 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.
No.NameEventDateReign
(Total)
Defenses
1 Mark Coleman
def. Dan Severn
UFC 12
Dothan, AL, USA
Feb 7, 1997 170 days
2 Maurice Smith UFC 14
Birmingham, AL, USA
Jul 27, 1997 147 days

1. def. David 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.[1]
4 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.[2]
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, 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 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.[3]
8 Ricco Rodriguez
def. Randy Couture
UFC 39
Uncasville, CT, USA
Sep 27, 2002 154 days
9 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.[4]
10 Frank Mir
def. Tim Sylvia
UFC 48
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jun 19, 2004 419 days
- 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.[5]
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, 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 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

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

- Frank Mir
def. interim champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
UFC 92
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 27, 2008
- Shane Carwin
def. Frank Mir for interim title
UFC 111
Newark, NJ, USA
Mar 27, 2010
15 Cain Velasquez UFC 121
Anaheim, CA, USA
Oct 23, 2010 385 days
16 Junior dos Santos UFC on Fox 1
Anaheim, CA, USA
Nov 12, 2011 0 days
(incumbent)

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

Light Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

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.
No.NameEventDateReign
(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, USA
Jun 6, 2003
3 Randy Couture UFC 44
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Sep 26, 2003 127 days
4 Vitor Belfort UFC 46
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jan 31, 2004 203 days
5 Randy Couture (2) UFC 49
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Aug 21, 2004 238 days
(365 days)
6 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 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 Forrest Griffin UFC 86
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jul 5, 2008 175 days
9 Rashad Evans UFC 92
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 27, 2008 147 days
10 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 Maurício Rua UFC 113
Montreal, QC, Canada
May 8, 2010 315 days
12 Jon Jones UFC 128
Newark, NJ, USA
Mar 19, 2011 0 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

Middleweight ChampionshipEdit

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.
No.NameEventDateReignDefenses
1 Dave Menne
def. Gil Castillo
UFC 33
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Sep 28, 2001 105 days
2 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 Evan Tanner
def. David Terrell
UFC 51
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Feb 5, 2005 119 days
4 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 Anderson Silva UFC 64
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Oct 14, 2006 0 days
(incumbent)

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

Welterweight ChampionshipEdit

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.NameEventDateReign
(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. 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 Carlos Newton UFC 31
Atlantic City, NJ, USA
May 4, 2001 239 days
3 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 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.[6]
5 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 Georges St-Pierre UFC 65
Sacramento, CA, USA
Nov 18, 2006 140 days
7 Matt Serra UFC 69
Houston, TX, USA
Apr 7, 2007 378 days
- Georges St-Pierre
def. Matt Hughes for interim title
UFC 79
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 29, 2007
8 Georges St-Pierre (2) UFC 83
Montreal, QC, Canada
Apr 19, 2008 Template:Age in days nts days
(Template:Age in days nts 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

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

Lightweight ChampionshipEdit

146 to 155 lb (66 to 70 kg)
The Lightweight Title was known as the Bantamweight Title prior to UFC 31 (May 4, 2001).
No.NameEventDateReignDefenses
1 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 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.[7]
3 B.J. Penn
def. Joe Stevenson
UFC 80
Newcastle, England
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 Benson Henderson UFC 144
Saitama, Japan
Feb 26, 2012 0 days
(incumbent)

1. def. Frankie Edgar at UFC 150 on Aug 11, 2012
2. def. Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 5 on Dec 8, 2012

Featherweight ChampionshipEdit

136 to 145 lb (61 to 66 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 United States Cole Escovedo
def. Philip Perez
WEC 5
Lemoore, CA, USA
October 18, 2002

1. def. Anthony Hamlett at WEC 8 on Oct 17, 2003 in Lemoore, CA, USA

2 United States Urijah Faber WEC 19
Lemoore, CA, USA
March 17, 2006

1. def. Joe Pearson at WEC 25 on Jan 20, 2007 in Las Vegas, NV, USA
2. def. Dominick Cruz at WEC 26 on Mar 24, 2007 in Las Vegas, NV, USA
3. def. Chance Farrar at WEC 28 on Jun 3, 2007 in Las Vegas, NV, USA
4. def. Jeff Curran at WEC 31 on Dec 12, 2007 in Las Vegas, NV, USA
5. def. Jens Pulver at WEC 34 on Jun 1, 2008 in Sacramento, CA, USA

3 United States Mike Brown WEC 36
Hollywood, FL, USA
Novermber 5, 2008

1. def. Leonard Garcia at WEC 39 on Mar 1, 2009 in Corpus Christi, TX, USA
2. def. Urijah Faber at WEC 41 on Jun 7, 2009 in Sacramento, CA, USA

4 22x20px Jose Aldo WEC 44
Las Vegas, NV, USA
November 18, 2009

1. def. Urijah Faber at WEC 48 on Apr 24, 2010 in Sacramento, CA, USA
2. def. Manny Gamburyan at WEC 51 on Sep 30, 2010 in Broomfield, CO, USA

The WEC Featherweight division was absorbed into the UFC on November 20, 2010, as part of the UFC-WEC merger. Jose Aldo was promoted to UFC Featherweight Champion.[8]
No.NameEventDateReignDefenses
1 José Aldo
promoted to undisputed champion
UFC 123
Auburn Hills, MI, USA
Nov 20, 2010 0 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

Bantamweight ChampionshipEdit

126 to 135 lb (57 to 61 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 United States Eddie Wineland
def. Antonio Banuelos
WEC 20
Lemoore, CA, USA
May 5, 2006
2 United States Chase Beebe WEC 26
Las Vegas, NV, USA
March 24, 2007

1. def. Rani Yahya at WEC 30 on Sep 5, 2007 in Las Vegas, NV, USA

3 United States Miguel Torres WEC 32
Albuquerque, NM, USA
February 13, 2008

1. def. Yoshiro Maeda at WEC 34 on Jun 1, 2008 in Sacramento, CA, USA
2. def. Manny Tapia at WEC 37 on Dec 3, 2008 in Las Vegas, NV, USA
3. def. Takeya Mizugaki at WEC 40 on Apr 5, 2009 in Chicago, IL, USA

4 United States Brian Bowles WEC 42
Las Vegas, NV, USA
August 9, 2009
5 United States Dominick Cruz WEC 47
Columbus, OH, USA
March 6, 2010

1. def. Joseph Benavidez at WEC 50 on Aug 18, 2010 in Las Vegas, NV, USA
2. def. Scott Jorgensen at WEC 53 on Dec 16, 2010 in Glendale, AZ, USA

The WEC Bantamweight division was absorbed into the UFC on December 16, 2010, as part of the UFC-WEC merger. Dominick Cruz won the inaugural UFC Bantamweight Championship when he defeated Scott Jorgensen at WEC 53 [9]
No.NameEventDateReignDefenses
1 Dominick Cruz
def. Scott Jorgensen
WEC 53
Glendale, AZ, USA
Dec 16, 2010 0 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

- Renan Barão
def. Urijah Faber for interim title
UFC 149
Calgary, AB, Canada
Jul 21, 2012 Template:Age in days nts days
(incumbent)

Flyweight ChampionshipEdit

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.
No.NameEventDateReignDefenses
1 Demetrious Johnson
def. Joseph Benavidez
UFC 152
Toronto, ON, Canada
Sep 22, 2012 0 days
(incumbent)

Women's Championship historyEdit

Women's Featherweight ChampionshipEdit

136 pounds (62 kg) to 145 pounds (66 kg)

Formerly known as the Women's Middleweight Championship and the Women's Lightweight Championship

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 22x20px Cristiane Santos
def. Gina Carano
Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg
San Jose, CA, USA
August 15, 2009

1. def. Marloes Coenen at Strikeforce: Miami on Jan 30, 2010 in Sunrise, FL, USA
2. def. Jan Finney at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum on Jun 26, 2010 in San Jose, CA, USA
3. NC vs. Hiroko Yamanaka at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal on Dec 17, 2011 in San Diego, CA, USA

Santos was stripped of the title on January 6, 2012 after testing positive for anabolic steroids in a pre-fight drug test.[10]

Women's Bantamweight ChampionshipEdit

126 pounds (57 kg) to 135 pounds (61 kg)

Formerly known as the Women's Welterweight Championship and the Women's Featherweight Championship

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 22x20px Sarah Kaufman
def. Takayo Hashi
Strikeforce Challengers: Kaufman vs. Hashi
San Jose, CA, USA
February 26, 2010

1. def. Roxanne Modafferi at Strikeforce Challengers: del Rosario vs. Mahe on Jul 23, 2010 in Everett, WA, USA

2 22x20px Marloes Coenen Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II
San Jose, CA, USA
October 9, 2010

1. def. Liz Carmouche at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson on Mar 5th, 2011 in Columbus, OH, USA

3 United States Miesha Tate Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson
Hoffman Estates, IL, USA
July 30, 2011
4 United States Ronda Rousey Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey
Columbus, OH, USA
March 3, 2012

1. def. Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman on Aug 18, 2012 in San Diego, CA, USA

The title was vacated on December 6, 2012 when Rousey became the first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion.[11]
No. Name EventDateReignDefenses
1 Ronda Rousey
promoted to undisputed champion
UFC on Fox 5 press conference
Seattle, WA, USA
Dec 6, 2012 0 days
(incumbent)

ReferencesEdit

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  2. Rutten, Bas. "Bas Rutten Biography". Archived from the original on May 20, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070520191724/http://www.basrutten.tv/biography.html. Retrieved September 12, 2007. 
  3. Fitzgerald, Tom (November 26, 2006). "UFC fighter flunks drug test". SFgate.com: the San Francisco Chronicle website. http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2004/Aug-14-Sat-2004/sports/24534514.html. Retrieved September 12, 2007. 
  4. Fitzgerald, Tom (November 26, 2006). "Fighting outside the box". SFgate.com: the San Francisco Chronicle website. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/11/26/SPG19MJT8O1.DTL. Retrieved September 12, 2007. 
  5. Staff (August 13, 2005). "UFC Strips Mir of Heavyweight Belt, Arlovski New Champion". Sherdog.com. http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles.asp?n_id=3249. Retrieved September 12, 2007. 
  6. "Zuffa Strips Penn of Title". Sherdog.com. May 18, 2004. http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Zuffa-Strips-Penn-of-Title-1671. Retrieved December 9, 2007. 
  7. Meltzer, Dave (December 9, 2007). "Sherk stripped of lightweight title". Yahoo! Sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/mma_experts/post/Sherk-stripped-of-lightweight-title?urn=mma,56811. Retrieved December 10, 2007. 
  8. "New UFC Champion Jose Aldo officially awarded title belt". mmajunkie.com. November 20, 2010. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. http://archive.is/MIZ7. 
  9. "WEC 53: Dominick Cruz, Scott Jorgensen Fight To Be First UFC Bantamweight Champion". sbnation.com. December 14, 2010. http://arizona.sbnation.com/2010/12/14/1876904/wec-53-dominick-cruz-scott-jorgensen-fight-to-be-first-ufc. 
  10. http://mmaweekly.com/cris-cyborg-santos-stripped-of-title-end-of-the-145lb-division
  11. Dana White Media Scrum, Post-UFC 154 (18:30)

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