UFC Lightweight Title History

Lightweight Championship

146 to 155 lb (66 to 70 kg) The Lightweight Title was known as the Bantamweight Title prior to UFC 31 (May 4, 2001). The Strikeforce Lightweight Title was unified (perhaps unofficially) with the UFC Lightweight Title on April 20, 2013, when Benson Henderson defeated Gilbert Melendez at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez.[23]

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 United States 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 United States Sean Sherk
def. Kenny Florian
UFC 64
Las Vegas, NV, USA
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.[24]
3 United States 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 United States 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 United States Benson 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 United States Anthony Pettis UFC 164
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Aug 31, 2013 560 days 1. def. Gilbert Melendez at UFC 181 on Dec 6, 2014
7 Brazil Rafael dos Anjos UFC 185
Dallas, TX, USA
Mar 14, 2015 481 days 1. def. Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2 on Dec 19, 2015
8 United States Eddie Alvarez UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jul 7, 2016 128 days
9 Republic of Ireland Conor McGregor UFC 205
New York City, NY, USA
Nov 12, 2016 294 days
(incumbent)