Heavyweight: 206-265 lbs.


Dan Severn and Mark Coleman compete for the inaugural UFC heavyweight championship.

Mark Coleman
def.
Dan Severn
Submission (neck crank) @ 2:57 of R1
UFC 12: Judgment Day
02.02.97

Maurice Smith
def.
Mark Coleman
Decision (unanimous) @ 21:00 of R1
UFC 14: Showdown
08.27.97

def.
David Abbott
Submission (punches) @ 8:08 of R1
UFC 15: Collision Course
10.17.97

Randy Couture
def.
Maurice Smith
Decision (unanimous) @ 21:00 of R1
UFC: Ultimate Japan
12.21.97

Randy Couture is stripped of the UFC heavyweight championship after leaving the UFC due to a contract dispute.

Bas Rutten and Kevin Randleman compete for the vacant UFC heavyweight championship.

Bas Rutten
def.
Kevin Randleman
Decision (split) @ 21:00 of R1
UFC 20: Battle For The Gold
05.07.99

Bas Rutten vacates the UFC heavyweight championship in order to compete in the light heavyweight division.

Kevin Randleman and Pete Williams compete for the vacant UFC heavyweight championship.

Kevin Randleman
def.
Pete Williams
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 23: Ultimate Japan 2
11.19.99

def.
Pedro Rizzo
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 26: Ultimate Field Of Dreams
08.09.00

Randy Couture returns to the UFC after terms are reached on his contract dispute.

Kevin Randleman and Randy Couture compete for the undisputed UFC heavyweight championship.

Randy Couture
def.
Kevin Randleman
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 28: High Stakes
11.17.00

def.
Pedro Rizzo
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 31: Locked And Loaded
05.04.01
def.
Pedro Rizzo
TKO (punches) @ 3:23 of R3
UFC 34: High Voltage
11.02.01

Josh Barnett
def.
Randy Couture
TKO (punches) @ 4:32 of R2
UFC 36: Worlds Collide
03.22.02

Josh Barnett is stripped of the UFC heavyweight championship after testing positive for anabolic steroids during the UFC 36 post-fight drug test.

Randy Couture and Ricco Rodriguez compete for the vacant UFC heavyweight championship.

Ricco Rodriguez
def.
Randy Couture
Submission (elbow strikes) @ 3:04 of R5
UFC 39: The Warriors Return
09.27.02

Tim Sylvia
def.
Ricco Rodriguez
TKO (punches) @ 3:06 of R1
UFC 41: Onslaught
02.28.03

def.
Gan McGee
TKO (punches) @ 1:52 of R1
UFC 44: Undisputed
09.26.03

Tim Sylvia is stripped of the UFC heavyweight championship after testing positive for anabolic steroids during the UFC 44 post-fight drug test.

 Tim Sylvia and Frank Mir to compete for the vacant UFC heavyweight championship.

Frank Mir
def.
Tim Sylvia
Submission (armbar) @ 0:50 of R1
UFC 48: Payback
06.19.04

Frank Mir is unable to defend the UFC heavyweight championship after sustaining an injury.

Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski compete for the interim UFC heavyweight championship.

Andrei Arlovski
def.
Tim Sylvia
Submission (achilles lock) @ 0:47 of R1
UFC 51: Super Saturday
02.05.05

def.
Justin Eilers
TKO (punches) @ 4:10 of R1
UFC 53: Heavy Hitters
06.04.05

Frank Mir vacates the UFC heavyweight championship after ongoing injuries prevent him from defending the title.

Andrei Arlovski is promoted to undisputed UFC heavyweight champion.

Andrei Arlovski
pro.
N/A
Promoted To Undisputed HW Champion
UFC Press Release
08.12.05

def.
Paul Buentello
Knockout (punch) @ 0:15 of R1
UFC 55: Fury
10.07.05

Tim Sylvia
def.
Andrei Arlovski
TKO (punches) @ 2:43 of R1
UFC 59: Reality Check
04.15.06

def.
Andrei Arlovski
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 61: Bitter Rivals
07.08.06
def.
Jeff Monson
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 65: Bad Intentions
11.18.06

Randy Couture
def.
Tim Sylvia
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 68: The Uprising
03.03.07

def.
Gabriel Gonzaga
TKO (punches) @ 1:37 or R3
UFC 74: Respect
08.25.07

Randy Couture goes inactive while in contract negotiations.  The UFC heavyweight championship is not defended during this time yet remains occupied by Couture.

Tim Sylvia and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira compete for the interim UFC heavyweight championship.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
def.
Tim Sylvia
Submission (guillotine choke) @ 1:28 of R3
UFC 81: Breaking Point
02.02.08

Randy Couture returns to the UFC after terms are reached on his contract negotiations.

Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar compete for the UFC heavyweight championship.

Brock Lesnar
def.
Randy Couture
TKO (punches) @ 3:07 of R2
UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar
11.15.08

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is still recognized as the interim UFC heavyweight champion.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir compete for the interim UFC heavyweight championship.

Frank Mir
def.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
TKO (punches) @ 1:54 of R2
UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008
12.27.08

Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir to compete for the undisputed UFC heavyweight championship.

Brock Lesnar
def.
Frank Mir
TKO (punches) @ 1:48 of R2
UFC 100: UFC 100
07.11.09

Brock Lesnar is unable to defend the UFC heavyweight championship after developing a medical condition.

Frank Mir and Shane Carwin compete for the interim UFC heavyweight championship.

Shane Carwin
def.
Frank Mir
Knockout (punches) @ 3:48 of R1
UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy
03.27.10

Brock Lesnar is able to defend the UFC heavyweight championship after returning from his medical condition.

Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin compete for the undisputed UFC heavyweight championship.

Brock Lesnar
def.
Shane Carwin
Submission (arm-triangle) @ 2:19 of R2
UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin
07.03.10

Cain Velasquez
def.
Brock Lesnar
TKO (punches) @ 4:12 of R1
UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez
10.23.10

Junior dos Santos
def.
Cain Velasquez
Knockout (punches) @ 1:04 of R1
UFC Fox 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
11.12.11

def.
Frank Mir
TKO (punches) @ 3:04 of R2
UFC 145: Dos Santos vs. Mir
05.26.12

Cain Velasquez
def.
Junior dos Santos
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2
12.29.12

def.
Antonio Silva
TKO (punches) @ 1:21 of R1
UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Silva 2
05.25.13
def.
Junior dos Santos
TKO (slam & punch) @ 3:09 of R5
UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3
10.19.13

Cain Velasquez is unable to defend the UFC heavyweight championship after sustaining an injury.

Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt compete for the interim UFC heavyweight championship.

Fabricio Werdum
def.
Mark Hunt
TKO (knee & punches) @ 2:27 of R2
UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt
11.15.14

Cain Velasquez is able to defend the UFC heavyweight championship after returning from injury.

Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum compete for the undisputed UFC heavyweight championship.

Fabricio Werdum
def.
Cain Velasquez
Submission (guillotine choke) @ 2:13 of R3
UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum
06.13.15

Stipe Miocic
def.
Fabricio Werdum
Knockout (punch) @ 2:47 of R1
UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic
05.15.16

def.
Alistair Overeem
Knockout (punches) @ 4:27 of R1
UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem
09.10.16
def.
Junior dos Santos
TKO (punches) @ 2:22 of R1
UFC 211: Miocic vs. Dos Santos
05.13.17