UFC Welterweight Title History

Welterweight Championship

156 to 170 lb (70 to 77 kg) The Welterweight Title was known as the Lightweight Title prior to UFC 31 (May 4, 2001).

No. Name Event Date Reign
(Total)
Defenses
1 United States Pat Miletich
def. Mikey Burnett
UFC Brazil
São Paulo, Brazil
Oct 16, 1998 931 days 1. def. Jorge Patino at UFC 18 on Jan 8, 1999
2. def. André Pederneiras at UFC 21 on Jul 16, 1999
3. def. John Alessio at UFC 26 on Jun 9, 2000
4. def. Kenichi Yamamoto at UFC 29 on Dec 16, 2000
2 Canada Carlos Newton UFC 31
Atlantic City, NJ, USA
May 4, 2001 183 days
3 United States Matt Hughes UFC 34
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Nov 2, 2001 820 days 1. def. Hayato Sakurai at UFC 36 on Mar 22, 2002
2. def. Carlos Newton at UFC 38 on Jul 13, 2002
3. def. Gil Castillo at UFC 40 on Nov 22, 2002
4. def. Sean Sherk at UFC 42 on Apr 25, 2003
5. def. Frank Trigg at UFC 45 on Nov 21, 2003
4 United States B.J. Penn UFC 46
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Jan 31, 2004 107 days
Penn was stripped of the title on May 17, 2004, when he left the UFC for K-1.[21]
5 United States Matt Hughes (2)
def. Georges St-Pierre
UFC 50
Atlantic City, NJ, USA
Oct 22, 2004 757 days
(1,577 days)
1. def. Frank Trigg at UFC 52 on Apr 16, 2005
2. def. B.J. Penn at UFC 63 on Sep 23, 2006
6 Canada Georges St-Pierre UFC 65
Sacramento, CA, USA
Nov 18, 2006 140 days
7 United States Matt Serra UFC 69
Houston, TX, USA
Apr 7, 2007 378 days
Canada Georges St-Pierre
def. Matt Hughes for interim title
UFC 79
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 29, 2007
8 Canada Georges St-Pierre (2) UFC 83
Montreal, QC, Canada
Apr 19, 2008 2,064 days
(2,204 days)
1. def. Jon Fitch at UFC 87 on Aug 9, 2008
2. def. B.J. Penn at UFC 94 on Jan 31, 2009
3. def. Thiago Alves at UFC 100 on Jul 11, 2009
4. def. Dan Hardy at UFC 111 on Mar 27, 2010
5. def. Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 on Dec 11, 2010
6. def. Jake Shields at UFC 129 on Apr 30, 2011
7. def. interim champion Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on Nov 17, 2012
8. def. Nick Diaz at UFC 158 on Mar 16, 2013
9. def. Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 on Nov 16, 2013
United States Carlos Condit
def. Nick Diaz for interim title
UFC 143
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Feb 4, 2012
St-Pierre vacated the title on December 13, 2013, when he decided to take time off from the sport.[22]
9 United States Johny Hendricks
def. Robbie Lawler
UFC 171
Dallas, TX, USA
Mar 15, 2014 266 days
10 United States Robbie Lawler UFC 181
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Dec 6, 2014 602 days 1. def. Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 on Jul 11, 2015
2. def. Carlos Condit at UFC 195 on Jan 2, 2016
11 United States Tyron Woodley UFC 201
Atlanta, GA, USA
Jul 30, 2016 399 days
(incumbent)
1. drew with Stephen Thompson at UFC 205 on Nov 12, 2016
2. def. Stephen Thompson at UFC 209 on Mar 4, 2017
3. def. Demian Maia at UFC 214 on Jul 29, 2017