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Lightweight Championship (Bantamweight Before UFC 31)

145 to 155lbs (66 to 70 Kg)
Name Date Location Defenses
Jens Pulver
(defeated Caol Uno)
UFC 30 (2/23/01) Atlantic City

UFC 33: Defeated Dennis Hallman

UFC 35: Defeated BJ Penn

Title Vacated March 2002 Jens Pulver stripped of the title and left UFC organization due to a contract dispute
Sean Sherk
(defeated Kenny Florian)
UFC 64 (10/14/06) Las Vegas

UFC 73: Defeated Hermes Franca

Title Vacated December 2007 Sean Shirk stripped of the title due to  positive steroid test
BJ Penn

(defeated Joe Stevenson)

UFC 80
(1/19/08)
New Castle, England

UFC 85: Defeated Sean Sherk

UFC 101: Defeated Kenny Florian.

Welterweight Championship (Lightweight Before UFC 31)

156 to 170 lbs (70 to 77 Kg)
Name Date Location Defenses
Pat Miletich
(defeated Mikey Burnett)
UFC Brazil (10/16/98) Sao Paulo UFC 18: Defeated Jorge Patino

UFC 21: Defeated Andre Pederneiras

UFC 26: Defeated John Alessio

UFC 29: Kenichi Yamamoto

Carlos Newton
(defeated Pat Miletich)
UFC 31 (5/4/01) Atlantic City  
Matt Hughes
(defeated Carlos Newton)
UFC 34 (11/2/01) Las Vegas UFC 36: Defeated Hayato Sakurai

UFC 38: Defeated Carlos Newton

UFC 40: Defeated Gil Castillo

UFC 42: Defeated Sean Sherk

UFC 45: Defeated Frank Trigg

BJ Penn
(defeated Matt Hughes)
UFC 46 (1/31/04) Las Vegas  
Title vacated Feb 2004 Penn was stripped of the title after signing with K-1
Matt Hughes (2)
(defeated Georges St. Pierre)
UFC 50 (10/22/04) Atlantic City UFC 52: Defeated Frank Trigg

UFC 63: Defeated BJ Penn

Georges St. Pierre
(Defeated Matt Hughes)
UFC 65 (11/18/06) Sacramento  
Matt Serra
(defeated Georges St. Pierre)
UFC 69 (4/7/07) Houston  
Georges St. Pierre
(Defeated Matt Hughes for interim title)
UFC 79 (12/29/07) Las Vegas  
Georges St. Pierre
(Defeated Matt Serra for title)
UFC 83 (4/19/08) Canada UFC 87: Defeated Jon Fitch.

UFC 94: Defeated BJ Penn.

UFC 100: Defeated Thiago Alves.

Middleweight Championship

171 to 185 lbs (77 to 84 Kg)
Name Date Location Defenses
Dave Menne
(Defeated Gil Castillo)
UFC 33 (9/28/01) Las Vegas  
Murilo Bustamante
(defeated Dave Menne)
UFC 35 (1/11/02) Las Vegas UFC 37: Defeated Matt Lindland
Title vacated October 2002 Bustamante was stripped of the title when he signed with PRIDE
Evan Tanner
(defeated David Terrell)
UFC 51 (2/5/05) Las Vegas  
Rich Franklin
(Defeated Evan Tanner
UFC 53 (6/4/05) Las Vegas UFC 56: Defeated Nate Quarry

UFC 58: Defeated David Loiseau

Anderson Silva UFC 64 (10/14/06) Las Vegas UFC 73: Defeated Nate Marquardt

UFC 77: Defeated Rich Franklin

UFC 82: Defeated Dan Henderson

UFC 88: Defeated Patrick Cote.

UFC 97: Defeated Thales Leites.

Light Heavyweight Championship (Middleweight before UFC 31)

186 to 205 lbs (84 to 93 Kg)
Name Date Location Defenses
Frank Shamrock
(defeated Kevin Jackson)
UFC Japan (12/21/97) Yokohama UFC 16: Defeated Igor Zinoviev

UFC 17: Defeated Jeremy Horn

UFC Brazil: Defeated John Lober

UFC 22: Defeated Tito Ortiz

Title vacated November 1999 Shamrock retired from the UFC
Tito Ortiz
(defeated Wanderlei Silva)
UFC 25 (4/14/00) Tokyo UFC 29: Defeated Yuki Kondo

UFC 30: Defeated Evan Tanner

UFC 32: Defeated Elvis Sinosic

UFC 33: Defeated Vladimir Matyushenko

UFC 40: Defeated Ken Shamrock

Randy Couture
(defeated Chuck Liddell
 for interim title)
UFC 43 (6/6/03) Las Vegas  
Randy Couture
(defeated Tito Ortiz for
undisputed title)
UFC 44 (9/26/03) Las Vegas  
Vitor Belfort
(defeated Randy Couture)
UFC 46 (1/31/04) Las Vegas  
Randy Couture (2)
(defeated Vitor Belfort)
UFC 49 (8/21/04) Las Vegas  
Chuck Liddell
(defeated Randy Couture)
UFC 52 (4/16/05) Las Vegas UFC 54: Defeated Jeremy Horn

UFC 57: Defeated Randy Couture

UFC 62: Defeated Renato Sobral

UFC 66: Defeated Tito Ortiz

UFC 71: Lost to Quinton Jackson

Quinton Jackson
(defeated Chuck Liddell)
UFC 71 (5/26/07) Las Vegas UFC 76: Defeated Dan Henderson

UFC 86: Lost to Forrest Griffin

Forrest Griffin
(defeated Quinton Jackson)
UFC 86 (7/5/08) Las Vegas UFC 92: Lost to Rashad Evans
Rashad Evans
(defeated Forrest Griffin)
UFC 92 (12/27/08) Las Vegas UFC 98: Lost to Lyoto Machida
Lyoto Machida
(defeated Rashad Evans)
UFC 98 (5/23/09) Las Vegas UFC 104: Will fight Mauricio Rua next.

Heavyweight Championship

206 to 265 lbs (93 to 120 Kg)
Name Date Location Defenses
Mark Coleman
(defeated Dan Severn)
UFC 12 (2/7/97) Dathan  
Maurice Smith
(defeated Mark Coleman)
UFC 14 (7/27/97) Birmingham

UFC 15: Defeated David Abbott

Randy Couture
(defeated Maurice Smith)
UFC Japan (12/21/97) Yokohama  
Title vacated January 1998 Couture was stripped of the title due to a contract dispute
Bas Rutten
(defeated Kevin Randleman)
UFC 20 (5/7/99) Tokyo  
Title vacated June 1999 Rutten was stripped of the title after leaving UFC
Kevin Randleman
(defeated Pete Williams)
UFC 23 (11/19/99) Tokyo UFC 26: Defeated Pedro Rizzo
Randy Couture (2)
(defeated Kevin Randleman)
UFC 28 (11/17/00) Tokyo UFC 31: Defeated Pedro Rizzo

UFC 34: Defeated Pedro Rizzo

Josh Barnnett
(defeated Randy Couture)
UFC 36 (3/22/02) Las Vegas  
Title vacated March 2002 Barnett was stripped of the title after testing positive for steroids
Ricco Rodriguez
(defeated Randy Couture)
UFC 39 (9/27/02) Uncasville  
Tim Sylvia
(defeated Ricco Rodriguez)
UFC 41 (2/28/03) Atlantic City UFC 44: Defeated Gan McGee
Title vacated September 2003 Sylvia was stripped of the title after testing positive for steroids
Frank Mir
(defeated Tim Sylvia)
UFC 48 (6/19/04) Las Vegas  
Andrei Arlovski
(defeated Tim Sylvia for
interim title)
UFC 51 (2/5/05) Las Vegas UFC 53: Defeated Justin Eiler
Andrei Arlovski
(promoted to undisputed champion)
(8/12/05)   UFC 55: Defeated Paul Buentello
Tim Sylvia (2)
(defeated Andrei Arlovski)
UFC 59 (4/15/06) Anaheim UFC 61: Defeated Andrei Arlovski

UFC 65: Defeated Jeff Monson

Randy Couture (3)
(defeated Tim Sylvia)
UFC 68
(3/3/07)
Columbus UFC 74: Defeated Gabriel Gonzaga.
Antonio Nogueria
(defeated Tim Sylvia)
Became the interim Heavyweight Champion
UFC 81
(2/1/08)
Las Vegas  
Brock Lesnar
(defeated Randy Couture)
Became the Heavyweight Champion
UFC 91 (11/15/08) Las Vegas UFC 100: Defeated Frank Mir
 Frank Mir (2)
(defeated Antonio Nogueria)
Became the interim Heavyweight Champion
UFC 92
(12/27/08)
Las Vegas  
Brock Lesnar
(defeated  Frank Mir)
Became the undisputed Heavyweight Champion
UFC 100
(7/11/09)
Las Vegas  

 

 

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