UFC Middleweight Title History

Middleweight Championship

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.[20]

No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1 United States Dave Menne
def. Gil Castillo
UFC 33
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Sep 28, 2001 105 days
2 Brazil 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 United States Evan Tanner
def. David Terrell
UFC 51
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Feb 5, 2005 119 days
4 United States 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 Brazil Anderson Silva UFC 64
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Oct 14, 2006 2,457 days 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
6 United States Chris Weidman UFC 162
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jul 6, 2013 888 days 1. def. Anderson Silva at UFC 168 on Dec 28, 2013
2. def. Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 on Jul 5, 2014
3. def. Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 on May 23, 2015
7 United States Luke Rockhold UFC 194
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 12, 2015 175 days
8 England Michael Bisping UFC 199
Inglewood, CA, USA
Jun 4, 2016 455 days
(incumbent)
1. def. Dan Henderson at UFC 204 on Oct 8, 2016
Australia Robert Whittaker
def. Yoel Romero for interim title
UFC 213
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jul 8, 2017 56 days
(incumbent)