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Who Are The Current UFC Champions?

Here are the current UFC champions across every weight class

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Now's a great time to take stock of the current champions in the UFC world. For new fans and those who may be unaware, here is a current list of UFC champions according to the official UFC rankings.

 

The standings are as follows:

 

  • Heavyweight Champion: Stipe Miocic (19-3)
  • Light-heavyweight Champion: Jan Blachowicz (27-8-0)
  • Middleweight Champion: Israel Adesanya (20-0)
  • Welterweight Champion: Kamaru Usman (16-1)
  • Lightweight Champion: Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0)
  • Featherweight Champion: Alexander Volkanovski (21-1)
  • Bantamweight Champion: Petr Yan (15-1-0)
  • Flyweight Champion: Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1-0)
  • Women’s Featherweight/Bantamweight Champion: Amanda Nunes (19-4)
  • Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko (20-3)
  • Women’s Strawweight Champion: Zhang Weili (21-1)

Heavyweight Champion: Stipe Miocic (19-3)

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Date won: August 17, 2019

 

Defenses: 1

 

Miocic has beaten most of the biggest names in MMA to become the two time champion of the promotion. He currently holds the record for the most title defenses in his division having defended it three times since beating Fabricio Werdum. Miocic lost the title to Daniel Cormier at UFC 226 in 2018 and was able to avenge the loss and get the title back at UFC 241 last year. In his free time, Miocic is also a part-time firefighter/paramedic.

Light-heavyweight Champion: Jan Blachowicz (27-8-0)

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Date won: September 27, 2020

 

Defenses: 0

 

The Light Heavyweight title had been vacant since Jon Jones' contentious salary negotiations with the UFC saw him vacate the title on August 17th. Dominick Reyes and former KSW Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Błachowicz battled for the title in late September, with the Polish fighter ultimately coming out on top. Blachowicz joined the UFC in 2014 after a renowned 7-year career in the European KSW. 

Middleweight Champion: Israel Adesanya (20-0)

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Date won: Oct. 6, 2019

 

Defenses: 2

 

The “style bender” is undefeated in MMA and in his short time in the sport, he was able to become the middleweight champion. His striking seems almost immediately adaptable to almost any opponent he has faced including the likes of Anderson Silva. He made his promotional debut with the UFC in 2018 and by 2019 he was the interim champ, and finally the undisputed champ when he beat Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 last fall.

Welterweight Champion: Kamaru Usman (16-1)

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Date won: March 2, 2019

 

Defenses: 2

 

“The Nigerian Nightmare” has lived up to his name in the UFC’s welterweight division proving to be a difficult puzzle for many fighters competing at 170 pounds. The 32-year-old has either knocked out his opponents or ground out a victory and won by decision. His only loss was early in his MMA career in 2013 in his second pro-fight. Since he has proven to be one of the most well-rounded welterweights since the days of Georges St-Pierre.

Lightweight Champion: Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0)

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Date won: April 7, 2018

 

Defenses: 3

 

“The Eagle” of Dagestan has been dominant since his entry into MMA back in 2008. To call Nurmagomedov intimidating would be an understatement as the current lightweight champion has a video floating around from his childhood where he’s wrestling a bear as part of his early training. Knock out, submission, or decision for Nurmagomedov, his victories are all dominant and seemingly more violent than other fighters.

 

Most recently, Nurmagomedov successfully defended his title against Justin Gaethje. He took the fight into the second round where he forced Gaethje to submit and earning him the victory.

 

In a surprise move, Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from MMA following his victory over Gaethje. Attributing his decision to a promise he made to his mother following the death of his father, Khabib said: "No way I’m going to come here without my father. It was first time after what happened with my father, when UFC called me about Justin, I talk with my mother three days. She doesn’t want me to go fight without my father but I promised her it was going to be my last fight. If I give my word, I have to follow this. It was my last fight here.”

Featherweight Champion: Alexander Volkanovski (21-1)

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Date won: Dec. 14, 2019

 

Defenses: 1

 

The rugby player turned mixed martial artist recently picked up UFC gold with a recent victory over Max Holloway at UFC 245. The two fought to a decision last year that had the judges award Volkanovski the win and the title but he feels he and Holloway need to go again to solidify his position as the new featherweight champion.

Bantamweight Champion: Petr Yan (15-1-0)

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Date won: July 11, 2020

 

Defenses: 0

 

During UFC 251 27-year-old Russian Peter Yan defeated 33-year-old Brazilian Jose Aldo on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi (UAE). The bout was the title fight of the lightest weight category. According to Yahoo Sports, "The first of UFC 251’s three title fights was an entertaining affair until the final round, at which point Yan rained blow after blow on Aldo to the point that the announcers could not believe the fight was still going."

Flyweight Champion: Deiveson Figueiredo (19-1-0)

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Date won: July 18, 2020

 

Defenses: 1

 

According to ESPN, "Figueiredo knocked down Joseph Benavidez three times and then choked him out at 4:48 of the first round in the main event of UFC Fight Night on July 18, 2020 in Abu Dhabi. With the win, Figueiredo claimed the vacant UFC flyweight championship." 

Figueiredo defended his belt successfully against Alex Perez at UFC 255. He submitted Perez in the first round via guillotine. 

Women’s Featherweight/Bantamweight Champion: Amanda Nunes (19-4)

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Date won featherweight: Dec. 29, 2018

 

Date won bantamweight: July 9, 2016

 

Defenses (featherweight): 1

 

Defenses (bantamweight): 5

 

The lioness seems to be content at being the dominant champion of both the  145-pound and 135-pound divisions (featherweight and bantamweight). She won the bantamweight title in 2016 with a win over Miesha Tate and has successfully defended that title five times, and won the featherweight title in 2018 when she knocked out Cris Cyborg in the first round.

Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko (19-3)

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Date won: Dec. 8, 2018

 

Defenses: 4

 

Shevchenko has been fighting professionally since 2003 and coming from the world of kickboxing has made her a force to be reckoned with. She won the vacant flyweight title in 2018 at UFC 231 and has successfully defended it four times with the most recent defense at UFC 255.

Women’s Strawweight Champion: Weili Zhang (21-1)

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Date won: Aug. 31, 2019

 

Defenses: 1

 

Zhang made her MMA debut back in 2013, she lost that fight by decision. Since then, she has fought and won her way to win the UFC title back in 2019 and made her first title defense last March at UFC 248 in what many fans are already calling a fight of the year contender. She went against former Strawweight champion, Joanna Jędrzejczyk where they fought to a split decision with Zhang retaining the title.

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