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***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.

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Post #1   3/6/08 7:00:38PM   

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damn dude how many times did you copy and paste this...

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BJ Penn beat Frankie Edgar more times than Benson Henderson beat Frankie Edgar.

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just once from my other post

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It's also interesting to note that both Hughes and Silva would have 1 more title defense apiece had their opponents made weight.

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Have I read this before!!!!!

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Interesting. I've never read that vefore and it tought me some nice stuff.

Cheers, good read

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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

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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.

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devlin you are an official MMA freak

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Posted by Bowen50

devlin you are an official MMA freak



and proud of it

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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.

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