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jiujitsufreak74
3/6/08 7:00:38PM
***As of 12/31/12, an updated list can be found here.




Since Silva's victory over Henderson a lot of people have been talking about who is the greatest UFC champion and have been laying out facts about former champions. however i have noticed a lot of mistakes that people have used (even i am guilty) about former champions whether they state the wrong number of defenses, who they have defeated or misremember the dominance of the champion. so just for context i will lay out each champion of the UFC (not Superfight), who they defeated for their title and how many defenses they had. for people like Matt Hughes and Randy Couture i will label each of their successive reigns as different from their original.

HW
-Mark Coleman: defeated Dan Severn and had ................... .....................................................................0 defenses
-Maurice Smith: defeated Mark Coleman and had ............... ....................................................................1 defense (Tank Abbot)
-Randy Couture: defeated Maurice Smith and had .............. .....................................................................0 defenses (stripped of title after contract dispute)
-Bas Rutten: defeated Kevin Randleman and had .............. .....................................................................0 defenses (retired)
-Kevin Randleman: defeated Pete Williams and had ......... .....................................................................1 defense (Pedro Rizzo)
-Randy Couture: defeated Kevin Randleman and had ....... .....................................................................2 defenses (Pedro Rizzo x2)
-Josh Barnett: defeated Randy Couture and had ................. .....................................................................0 defenses (stripped of title due to steroids)
-Ricco Rodriguez: defeated Randy Couture and had .......... .....................................................................0 defenses
-Tim Sylvia: defeated Ricco Rodriguez and had ................... .....................................................................1 defense (Gan McGee and lost title due to steroids after that)
-Frank Mir: defeated Tim Sylvia (vacant belt) and had ......... .....................................................................0 defenses (bike accident)
**-Andrei Arlovski: defeated Tim Sylvia and had ................... .....................................................................2 defenses (Justin Eilers and Paul Buentello)
-Tim Sylvia: defeated Andrei Arlovski and had ...................... .....................................................................2 defenses (Andrei Arlovski and Jeff Monson)
-Randy Couture: defeated Tim Sylvia and had ...................... .....................................................................1 defense (Gabriel Gonzaga and then left)
****-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (interim belt): defeated Tim Sylvia and had .........................................0 defenses
****-Frank Mir (interim belt): defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and had ...........................................0 defenses
****-Brock Lesnar: defeated Randy Couture and had ....... .......................................................................1 defense before going on medical leave (Frank Mir)
******-Shane Carwin (interim belt): defeated Frank Mir and had .............................................................0 defenses
******--Brock Lesnar: defeated Randy Couture and had .... ......................................................................2 defenses, since technically it was still his first title reign. (Frank Mir (same victory as posted above) and Shane Carwin)
-Cain Velasquez: defeated Brock Lesnar and had..... ...............................................................................0 defenses
-Junior Dos Santos: defeated Cain Velasquez and has...........................................................................1 defense (Frank Mir)
-Cain Velasquez: defeated Junior dos Santos and has...........................................................................0 defenses

**Andrei was technically Interim Champion when he defended against Eilers but was later promoted to full champion after Mir was out indefinitely

****Randy Couture had a contract dispute with the UFC but was not stripped of his title. instead, Nogueira fought Tim Sylvia for the interim belt due to Randy's absence. Nogueira won and proceeded to sign on to coach TUF 8 along with Frank Mir; the two fighters would then face each other for the interim belt. however, Randy was able to reconcile his differences with the UFC before Nogueira could fight Mir. since Randy needed an opponent and Mir and Nogueira were tied up with TUF 8, Brock Lesnar stepped in to fight Randy for the actual belt. Lesnar defeated Randy and captured the actual belt and Mir defeated Nogueira and captured the interim belt. now Lesnar will fight Mir to unify the two belts. Lesnar then went on to defeat Mir to claim a unified title.

******Brock Lesnar was scheduled to face Shane Carwin but had to pull out due to serious medical problems. Brock was out for several months and the UFC decided to have Carwin face Mir for the interim title while Brock recovered. Carwin defeated Mir for the interim belt and then fought Lesnar to unify the belts. Lesnar went on to defeat Carwin to retain his title.




LHW
-Frank Shamrock: defeated Kevin Jackson and had ........... ........................................................................................................4 defenses (Igor Zinoviev, Jeremy Horn, John Lober, and Tito Ortiz and then retired)
-Tito Ortiz: defeated Wanderlei Silva and had ....................... ........................................................................................................5 defenses (Yuki Kondo, Evan Tanner, Elvis Sinosic, Vladimir Matyushenko and Ken Shamrock)
-Randy Couture(interim champion after defeating Liddell): defeated Tito Ortiz and had...................................................... 0 defenses
-Vitor Belfort: defeated Randy Couture and had ................... ........................................................................................................0 defenses
-Randy Couture: defeated Vitor Belfort and had ........................................................................................................................... 0 defenses
-Chuck Liddell: defeated Randy Couture and had ....................................................................................................................... 4 defenses (Jeremy Horn, Randy Couture, Renato Sobral and Tito Ortiz)
-Quinton Jackson: defeated Chuck Liddell and had ............ .......................................................................................................1 defense (Dan Henderson)
-Forrest Griffin: defeated Quinton Jackson and had............. ........................................................................................................0 defenses
-Rashad Evans: defeated Forrest Griffin and had ................ ........................................................................................................0 defenses
-Lyoto Machida: defeated Rashad Evans and had .............. ........................................................................................................1 defense (Shogun Rua)
-Shogun Rua: defeated Lyoto Machida and had ........ ..................................................................................................................0 defenses
-Jon Jones: defeated Shogun Rua and has ........ ..........................................................................................................................4 defenses (Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort)


MW
-Dave Menne: defeated Gil Castillo and had ..................... ..................................................0 defenses
-Murilo Bustamante: defeated Dave Menne and had .......... ...............................................1 defense (Matt Lindland) then left the UFC for PRIDE
-Evan Tanner: defeated David Terrell and had ..................... ...............................................0 defenses
-Rich Franklin: defeated Evan Tanner and had .................... ...............................................2 defenses (Nate Quarry and David Loiseau)
-Anderson Silva: defeated Rich Franklin and has ...... .......................................................10 defenses (Nate Marquardt, Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, Patrick Cote, Thales Leites, Demian Maia, Chael Sonnen (twice), Vitor Belfort and Yushin Okami)


WW
-Pat Miletich: defeated Mikey Burnett and had ....................... ........................................................................................................4 defenses (Jorge Patino, Andre Pederneiras, John Alessio and Kenichi Yamamoto)
-Carlos Newton: defeated Pat Miletich and had ................... ........................................................................................................0 defenses
-Matt Hughes: defeated Carlos Newton and had ................. ........................................................................................................5 defenses (Hayato Sakurai, Carlos Newton, Gil Castillo, Sean Sherk and Frank Trigg)
-BJ Penn: defeated Matt Hughes and had ............................. ........................................................................................................0 defenses (left UFC)
-Matt Hughes: defeated GSP and had .................................... ........................................................................................................2 defenses (Frank Trigg and BJ Penn)
-GSP: defeated Matt Hughes and had .................................... ........................................................................................................0 defenses
-Matt Serra: defeated GSP and had ......................................... ........................................................................................................0 defenses
-GSP: defeated Matt Serra and had............................... ...................................................................................................................6 defenses (Jon Fitch, BJ Penn, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, Josh Koscheck, and Jake Shields)
**-Carlos Condit (interim belt): defeated Nick Diaz and had......................................................................... .............................0 defenses
**-GSP: defeated Matt Serra and has............................... ........................................................................................................... 7 defenses since technically it was still his first title reign. (Jon Fitch, BJ Penn, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, Josh Koscheck, Jake Shields (same victory as posted above) and Carlos Condit)

**GSP tore his ACL and had to sit out for 9 months. in the mean time, Carlos Condit fought Nick Diaz for the interim title. Condit defeated Diaz but when GSP returned from injury he unified the championship.




LW
-Jens Pulver: defeated Caol Uno and had ............................. ........................................................................................................2 defenses (Dennis Hallman and BJ Penn) and then was stripped of the title (contract dispute)
***at UFC 41 BJ Penn and Caol Uno fought to a draw for the vacant title***
-Sean Sherk: defeated Kenny Florian and had ..................... ........................................................................................................1 defense (Hermes Franca) and then was stripped of the title (steroids)
-BJ Penn: defeated Joe Stevenson and had ......................... ........................................................................................................3 defenses (Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez)
-**Frankie Edgar: defeated BJ Penn and had ................ ...............................................................................................................3 defenses (BJ Penn, Gray Maynard (Draw), Gray Maynard)
-Ben Henderson: defeated Frankie Edgar and has... ...................................................................................................................2 defenses (Frankie Edgar, Nate Diaz)

**At UFC 125 Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard fought to a Split Draw. This technically qualifies as a title defense since Frankie retained the belt. The two will rematch at a date later to be specified

**The rematch between Edgar and Maynard occurred at UFC 136 with Edgar winning via 4th round KO



FW
-**Jose Aldo defeated Manvel Gamburyan and has.............. ...................................................................................................... 3 defenses (Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, and Chad Mendes)

**Jose Aldo was the reigning WEC FW Champion when the UFC absorbed the WEC. He had 2 defenses in the WEC after taking the belt from Mike Brown (Urijah Faber and Manvel Gamburyan) but it was the fight with Manvel where he got promoted to UFC FW Champion



BW
-**Dominick Cruz defeated Scott Jorgensen and has ........ ........................................................................................................2 defenses (Urijah Faber,and Demetrious Johnson)
***-Renan Barao (interim belt): defeated Urijah Faber and had...... ..........................................................................................0 defenses

**Dominick Cruz was the reigning WEC BW Champion when the UFC absorbed the WEC. He had 2 defenses in the WEC after taking the belt from Brian Bowles (Joseph Benavidez and Scott Jorgensen) but it was the fight with Scott Jorgensen where he got promoted to UFC BW Champion
***Cruz tore his ACL and had to sit out for 9 months+. in the mean time, Renan Barao fought Urijah Faber for the interim title. Baroa defeated Faber and it is unclear whether Barao is going to defend his title against Michael McDonald or unify the Championship with Dominick Cruz.




FLYW
-*Demetrious Johnson: defeated Joseph Benavidez and had ..................... ..............................................................................................0 defenses

*Demetrious Johnson won the UFC Flyweight Tournament to take the belt.




Women's BW
- **Ronda Rousey: defeated Miesha Tate and had ..................... ..............................................................................................0 defenses^

** Ronda Rousey was the reigning Strikeforce BW Champion when the UFC absorbed Strikeforce. She defended the title once prior to the merger (Sarah Kaufman) however, has not defended it in the UFC.
Pookie
3/6/08 7:03:31PM
damn dude how many times did you copy and paste this...
jiujitsufreak74
3/6/08 7:08:31PM
just once from my other post
grappler0000
3/6/08 7:46:27PM
It's also interesting to note that both Hughes and Silva would have 1 more title defense apiece had their opponents made weight.
hails
3/6/08 8:03:16PM

Have I read this before!!!!!
seanfu
3/6/08 9:05:35PM
Hughes also could've had another had Royce Gracie decided to cut a little weight. Dissapointing.
bls1919
3/6/08 9:29:20PM
Your right on as of now hughes is the greatest champion ever. But he is on theouts and i see anderson Silva only getting better against the best that they can throw at him. He will be champion for a very long time and will be the best P4P fighter ever........i've been saying this for a long time
gsquat
3/7/08 2:45:37PM

Posted by seanfu

Hughes also could've had another had Royce Gracie decided to cut a little weight. Dissapointing.



Its ok. Royce was severly punished for not making weight.
jiujitsufreak74
3/7/08 2:49:06PM

Posted by seanfu

Hughes also could've had another had Royce Gracie decided to cut a little weight. Dissapointing.



also he would have had one against Joe Riggs but he couldn't make eight either. if you count those two it would be 9 defenses in total for Hughes which imo solidifies him as the greatest champion of the UFC to date.
MMAcca
3/7/08 4:04:20PM
Interesting. I've never read that vefore and it tought me some nice stuff.

Cheers, good read
pv3Hpv3p
3/7/08 4:14:35PM

Posted by gsquat


Posted by seanfu

Hughes also could've had another had Royce Gracie decided to cut a little weight. Dissapointing.



Its ok. Royce was severly punished for not making weight.



I think Royce was a catchweight wasn't it?

Cool llst though...

Tito did dominate in the day, but the competition was really so-so
grappler0000
3/7/08 5:56:29PM

Posted by pv3Hpv3p


Posted by gsquat


Posted by seanfu

Hughes also could've had another had Royce Gracie decided to cut a little weight. Dissapointing.



Its ok. Royce was severly punished for not making weight.



I think Royce was a catchweight wasn't it?

Cool llst though...

Tito did dominate in the day, but the competition was really so-so



Yes, the match with Royce was a catchweight...it was Riggs who did not make the weight.
Bowen50
3/7/08 6:07:46PM
devlin you are an official MMA freak
jiujitsufreak74
3/7/08 9:28:01PM

Posted by Bowen50

devlin you are an official MMA freak



and proud of it
Pitbull09
3/10/08 12:28:20AM
I agree for sure. No one should go off saying Silva is the greatest with Hughes credentials. Hughes destroyed that division. He seemed invincible at some points. Hughes/Trig 2 was crazy! Trig gets a low blow and almost submits hughes til Hughes stands up, throws him to the ground and gets a choke on trig.
Jackelope
3/10/08 4:26:06AM
You're really gonna get some insults coming your way hating on the hughes thing. People can say what they want about Hughes- yeah, he's got a dick personality but he WAS the greatest UFC champion of all time.

Proof is in the pudding if you ask me.
jiujitsufreak74
3/10/08 2:34:11PM

Posted by Jackelope

You're really gonna get some insults coming your way hating on the hughes thing. People can say what they want about Hughes- yeah, he's got a dick personality but he WAS the greatest UFC champion of all time.

Proof is in the pudding if you ask me.



yea the objective facts from this list should prove that he was the greatest ever up to this point. just too much domination.
jiujitsufreak74
3/11/08 12:16:49AM
btw i will be updating this after each UFC title defense so it stays current
jiujitsufreak74
3/11/08 5:00:36PM
i have seen some people using this information now and i think that it is a good way for members to have more facts on their sides when arguing their view points. i think this should get pinned if no one would object.
exonerated
3/11/08 7:26:27PM
I really am not a Hughes fan, but facts are facts and you are correct he definitely has been the most dominate. I do think Anderson Silva has a very very good chance to surpass him though.
MartinKillMcGill
3/15/08 10:26:19AM

Posted by exonerated

I really am not a Hughes fan, but facts are facts and you are correct he definitely has been the most dominate. I do think Anderson Silva has a very very good chance to surpass him though.


not a fan of hughes but the facts are there. def see silva surpassing him though
JBatch
3/17/08 12:22:19AM
Matt Hughes up to this date has been the most dominating champion but Silva is moving into the same class. The facts are though that both men win and win decisively. Anderson with pinpoint striking and slick ground work. Hughes did it with `farmboy`strength and a great mix of wrestling and GnP.

I would still make a case for Gracie though. The guy came in when there was basically no rules and ran the show. He was terrifying and gave up about 50-100lbs in all his fights and fought 3 times a night. One fight I would have loved to have seen was UFC 1 final between Gracie and Gordeau if his hand had not been messed up, I really think Gordeau would have had the best chance early on of stopping him.

My two favourite moments of all time in MMA came from Hughes and Gracie.

Hughes vs. Trigg 2- I don`t even like HUghes but when he picked him up and slammed him I could not stop yelling at the TV, it was EPIC.

Gracie vs. Shamrock- When Shamrock taps but the ref does not see it and Gracie is screaming in his face and makes him admit it. I don`t know why I just loved that scene.

CornishMMA
3/18/08 9:04:39AM
The amount of title defences isnt the only factor in deciding the best of all time, sure Hughes beat guys like Newton way back when but the talent level is better now so perhaps the few that Silva has beaten make him the best champion, i dont know personally, i just know that not so much stock should be put into how many times someone defends, and in Hughes biggest test of that era he very nearly lost to Sherk - a blown up LW
JBatch
3/18/08 12:22:13PM

Posted by CornishMMA

The amount of title defences isnt the only factor in deciding the best of all time, sure Hughes beat guys like Newton way back when but the talent level is better now so perhaps the few that Silva has beaten make him the best champion, i dont know personally, i just know that not so much stock should be put into how many times someone defends, and in Hughes biggest test of that era he very nearly lost to Sherk - a blown up LW



Its not just the amount of defences, its the level of supremacy the fighter illustrates over a long duration of time. Hughes defended against the best the UFC matchmakers could throw at him for quite some time. Anderson is doing the same against basically the same level of competition which is the best the UFC can put him against. The spider is deadly and has crushed anything in his path, who can stop him?
CornishMMA
3/18/08 3:47:21PM

Posted by JBatch

Its not just the amount of defences, its the level of supremacy the fighter illustrates over a long duration of time. Hughes defended against the best the UFC matchmakers could throw at him for quite some time.


EXCEPT that is all dependant on the quality of opposition at a time and actually has nothing to do with that champion, if he was A class beating B class fighters for twice as long as a champion beating fellow A class fighters i would go for the latter champion being greater, its like a diminished championship if there arent top quality contenders, and while Newton and Castillo and Sherk at WW were good, they arent on the level that Hendo is so i think with that recent win the Spider gets the award from me, but im a self confessed Hughes hater so im biased, but do at least base that off what i said, Gil Castillo wasnt the best contender ever imo
jiujitsufreak74
3/18/08 7:14:33PM

Posted by CornishMMA


Posted by JBatch

Its not just the amount of defences, its the level of supremacy the fighter illustrates over a long duration of time. Hughes defended against the best the UFC matchmakers could throw at him for quite some time.


EXCEPT that is all dependant on the quality of opposition at a time and actually has nothing to do with that champion, if he was A class beating B class fighters for twice as long as a champion beating fellow A class fighters i would go for the latter champion being greater, its like a diminished championship if there arent top quality contenders, and while Newton and Castillo and Sherk at WW were good, they arent on the level that Hendo is so i think with that recent win the Spider gets the award from me, but im a self confessed Hughes hater so im biased, but do at least base that off what i said, Gil Castillo wasnt the best contender ever imo



i see what you are saying but i still think Hughes did in fact beat better competition. Henderson is, imo, Anderson's best title defense thus far. However, a win over GSP is just as big if not bigger. If oyu look at Anderson's title fights his best opponents on his resume are Rich Franklin and Henderson. aren't GSP and BJ Penn good names to have on your resume as well if not better? Sakurai is not joke, Sherk was good at WW as well and is a lot better then Marquardt or Lutter imo.

mind you that i am not a Hughes fan...in fact i dislike him. but imo he is clearly the "best" (even though it is subjective) champion in UFC history because he has faced the same if not better competition than Anderson Silva and did so for longer. so as of now, i would give the title of greatest ever to Hughes but imo Silva will pass him after a few more defenses.
MondayNiteMauser
3/19/08 8:55:35AM
Chuck Liddell brought MMA to mainstream in America and for that he is the best champion of all time. HANDS DOWN
jiujitsufreak74
3/19/08 2:27:41PM

Posted by MondayNiteMauser

Chuck Liddell brought MMA to mainstream in America and for that he is the best champion of all time. HANDS DOWN



ummm...no. it was Forrest and Bonnar who were the ones to bring MMA to mainstream. also, imo that is not criteria for judging a champion. Liddell was good, but he wasn't as dominant as Hughes or Tito were during their reigns. Chuck Liddell went mainstream after his fight with Ortiz and right after that he lost to Rampage. Chuck is one of the better champions but Hughes has a better resume, longer reign and bot quality and quantity over Chuck.
CornishMMA
3/20/08 6:43:35AM

Posted by jiujitsufreak74

i see what you are saying but i still think Hughes did in fact beat better competition. Henderson is, imo, Anderson's best title defense thus far. However, a win over GSP is just as big if not bigger. If oyu look at Anderson's title fights his best opponents on his resume are Rich Franklin and Henderson. aren't GSP and BJ Penn good names to have on your resume as well if not better? Sakurai is not joke, Sherk was good at WW as well and is a lot better then Marquardt or Lutter imo.


Ahhh but dude it wasnt a win over the GSP we have now, he wasnt even ranked top 10 then i dont think. And we all know the win over BJ wasnt that much of a real win, he had lost the 1st 2 rounds nearly getting subbed, and then only beat BJ cos he had a rib sticking into his lung, the UFC doctor confirmed the injury so im not sure why its perceieved as debatable folklore, so sorry bro but i really dont see those 2 wins holding as much water as you think they do
jiujitsufreak74
3/20/08 11:46:35PM

Posted by CornishMMA


Posted by jiujitsufreak74

i see what you are saying but i still think Hughes did in fact beat better competition. Henderson is, imo, Anderson's best title defense thus far. However, a win over GSP is just as big if not bigger. If oyu look at Anderson's title fights his best opponents on his resume are Rich Franklin and Henderson. aren't GSP and BJ Penn good names to have on your resume as well if not better? Sakurai is not joke, Sherk was good at WW as well and is a lot better then Marquardt or Lutter imo.


Ahhh but dude it wasnt a win over the GSP we have now, he wasnt even ranked top 10 then i dont think. And we all know the win over BJ wasnt that much of a real win, he had lost the 1st 2 rounds nearly getting subbed, and then only beat BJ cos he had a rib sticking into his lung, the UFC doctor confirmed the injury so im not sure why its perceieved as debatable folklore, so sorry bro but i really dont see those 2 wins holding as much water as you think they do



well actually, i had GSP in the top 10 then. also, how can you discount any win? who was the one who injured BJ in the first place? in a fight an injury sustained in the fight shouldn't make the win any less credible. Hughes was the one who did the damage and thus was able to win. you can't discount that win. and a win over GSP is still a win over GSP. to disregard both of those fights is a mistake imo.
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