UFC Light Heavyweight Champions




 

List of all-time undisputed UFC light heavyweight champions (185 – 205 lb / 83.9 – 93.0 kg) and all the title fights they competed in.

Also, see the list of the current UFC champions here: http://en.mmation.com/ufc/current-ufc-champions/

 

Current Champion

13. Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier 13th UFC light heavyweight champion

Nation: United States
Won title: May 23, 2015
Lost title: Current champion
Successful defenses: 3

Title fights

# Date Event Status Opponent Outcome
1 May 23, 2015 UFC 187 Challenger Anthony Johnson Win by rear-naked choke, Round 3
2 October 3, 2015 UFC 192 Champion Alexander Gustafsson Win by split decision
3 April 8, 2017 UFC 210 Champion Anthony Johnson Win by rear-naked choke, Round 2
4 July 29, 2017 UFC 214 Champion Jon Jones No contest
5 January 20, 2018 UFC 220 Champion Volkan Oezdemir Win by KO/TKO, Round 2

 

2010s Champions

 

12. Jon Jones

Jon Jones 12th UFC light heavyweight champion

Nation: United States
Won title: March 19, 2011
Lost title: April 28, 2015
Successful defenses: 8

Title fights

# Date Event Status Opponent Outcome
1 March 19, 2011 UFC 128 Challenger Mauricio Rua Win by KO/TKO, Round 3
2 September 24, 2011 UFC 135 Champion Quinton Jackson Win by rear-naked choke, Round 4
3 December 10, 2011 UFC 140 Champion Lyoto Machida Win by guillotine choke, Round 2
4 April 21, 2012 UFC 145 Champion Rashad Evans Win by unanimous decision
5 September 22, 2012 UFC 152 Champion Vitor Belfort Win by keylock, Round 4
6 April 27, 2013 UFC 159 Champion Chael Sonnen Win by KO/TKO, Round 1
7 September 21, 2013 UFC 165 Champion Alexander Gustafsson Win by unanimous decision
8 April 26, 2014 UFC 172 Champion Glover Teixeira Win by unanimous decision
9 January 3, 2015 UFC 182 Champion Daniel Cormier Win by unanimous decision

 

11. Mauricio Rua

Mauricio Rua 11th UFC light heavyweight champion

Nation: Brazil
Won title: May 8, 2010
Lost title: March 19, 2011
Successful defenses: 0

Title fights

# Date Event Status Opponent Outcome
1 May 8, 2010 UFC 113 Challenger Lyoto Machida Win by KO/TKO, Round 1
2 March 19, 2011 UFC 128 Champion Jon Jones Loss by KO/TKO, Round 3

 

2000s Champions

 

10. Lyoto Machida

Lyoto Machida 10th UFC light heavyweight champion

Nation: Brazil
Won title: May 23, 2009
Lost title: May 8, 2010
Successful defenses: 1

Title fights

# Date Event Status Opponent Outcome
1 May 23, 2009 UFC 98 Challenger Rashad Evans Win by KO/TKO, Round 2
2 October 24, 2009 UFC 104 Champion Mauricio Rua Win by unanimous decision
3 May 8, 2010 UFC 113 Champion Mauricio Rua Loss by KO/TKO, Round 1

 

9. Rashad Evans

Rashad Evans 9th UFC light heavyweight champion

Nation: United States
Won title: December 27, 2008
Lost title: May 23, 2009
Successful defenses: 0

Title fights

# Date Event Status Opponent Outcome
1 December 27, 2008 UFC 92 Challenger Forrest Griffin Win by KO/TKO, Round 3
2 May 23, 2009 UFC 98 Champion Lyoto Machida Loss by KO/TKO, Round 2

 

8. Forrest Griffin

Forrest Griffin 8th UFC light heavyweight champion

 

Nation: United States
Won title: July 5, 2008
Lost title: December 27, 2008
Successful defenses: 0

Title fights

# Date Event Status Opponent Outcome
1 July 5, 2008 UFC 86 Challenger Quinton Jackson Win by unanimous decision
2 December 27, 2008 UFC 92 Champion Rashad Evans Loss by KO/TKO, Round 3

 

7. Quinton Jackson

Quinton Jackson 7th UFC light heavyweight champion

 

Nation: United States
Won title: May 26, 2007
Lost title: July 5, 2008
Successful defenses: 1

Title fights

# Date Event Status Opponent Outcome
1 May 26, 2007 UFC 71 Challenger Chuck Liddell Win by KO/TKO, Round 1
2 September 8, 2007 UFC 75 Champion Dan Henderson Win by unanimous decision
3 July 5, 2008 UFC 86 Champion Forrest Griffin Loss by unanimous decision

 

6. Chuck Liddell

Chuck Liddell 6th UFC light heavyweight champion

 

Nation: United States
Won title: April 16, 2005
Lost title: May 26, 2007
Successful defenses: 4

Title fights

# Date Event Status Opponent Outcome
1 April 16, 2005 UFC 52 Challenger Randy Couture Win by KO/TKO, Round 1
2 August 20, 2005 UFC 54 Champion Jeremy Horn Win by KO/TKO, Round 4
3 February 4, 2006 UFC 57 Champion Randy Couture Win by KO/TKO, Round 2
4 August 26, 2006 UFC 62 Champion Renato Sobral Win by KO/TKO, Round 1
5 December 30, 2006 UFC 66 Champion Tito Ortiz Win by KO/TKO, Round 3
6 May 26, 2007 UFC 71 Champion Quinton Jackson Loss by KO/TKO, Round 1

 

5. Randy Couture

Randy Couture 3rd UFC heavyweight champion

 

Nation: United States
Won title: August 21, 2004
Lost title: April 16, 2005
Successful defenses: 0

Title fights

# Date Event Status Opponent Outcome
1 August 21, 2004 UFC 49 Challenger Vitor Belfort Win by KO/TKO, Round 3
2 April 16, 2005 UFC 52 Champion Chuck Liddell Loss by KO/TKO, Round 1

 

4. Vitor Belfort

Vitor Belfort 4th UFC light heavyweight champion

 

Nation: Brazil
Won title: January 31, 2004
Lost title: August 21, 2004
Successful defenses: 0

Title fights

# Date Event Status Opponent Outcome
1 January 31, 2004 UFC 46 Challenger Randy Couture Win by KO/TKO, Round 1
2 August 21, 2004 UFC 49 Champion Randy Couture Loss by KO/TKO, Round 3

 

3. Randy Couture

Randy Couture 3rd UFC heavyweight champion

Nation: United States
Won title: September 26, 2003
Lost title: January 31, 2004
Successful defenses: 0

Title fights

# Date Event Status Opponent Outcome
1 September 26, 2003 UFC 44 Challenger Tito Ortiz Win by unanimous decision
2 January 31, 2004 UFC 46 Champion Vitor Belfort Loss by KO/TKO, Round 1

 

2. Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz 2nd UFC light heavyweight champion

 

Nation: United States
Won title: April 14, 2000
Lost title: September 26, 2003
Successful defenses: 5

Title fights

# Date Event Status Opponent Outcome
1 April 14, 2000 UFC 25 Challenger Wanderlei Silva Win by unanimous decision
2 December 16, 2000 UFC 29 Champion Yuki Kondo Win by neck crank, Round 1
3 February 23, 2001 UFC 30 Champion Evan Tanner Win by KO/TKO, Round 1
4 June 29, 2001 UFC 32 Champion Elvis Sinosic Win by KO/TKO, Round 1
5 September 28, 2001 UFC 33 Champion Vladimir Matyushenko Win by unanimous decision
6 November 22, 2002 UFC 40 Champion Ken Shamrock Win by KO/TKO, Round 3
7 September 26, 2003 UFC 44 Champion Randy Couture Loss by unanimous decision

 

1990s Champions

 

1. Frank Shamrock

Frank Shamrock 1st UFC light heavyweight champion

 

Nation: United States
Won title: December 21, 1997
Lost title: November 24, 1999
Successful defenses: 4

Title fights

# Date Event Status Opponent Outcome
1 December 21, 1997 UFC 15.5 Challenger Kevin Jackson Win by armbar, Round 1
2 March 13, 1998 UFC 16 Champion Igor Zinoviev Win by KO/TKO, Round 1
3 May 15, 1998 UFC 17 Champion Jeremy Horn Win by kneebar, Round 1
4 October 16, 1998 UFC 17.5 Champion John Lober Win by KO/TKO, Round 1
5 September 24, 1999 UFC 22 Champion Tito Ortiz Win by KO/TKO, Round 4

 

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