UFC Light Heavyweight Title History

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 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 United States Daniel Cormier
def. Anthony Johnson
UFC 187
Las Vegas, NV, USA
May 23, 2015 799 days 1. def. Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 on Oct 3, 2015
2. def. Anthony Johnson at UFC 210 on Apr 8, 2017
United States Jon Jones
def. Ovince Saint Preux for interim title
UFC 197
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Apr 23, 2016
Jones was stripped of the interim title on November 9, 2016, due to his 1-year suspension related to a failed pre-fight drug test.[19]
14 United States Jon Jones (2) UFC 214
Anaheim, CA, USA
Jul 29, 2017 35 days
(incumbent)