Light Heavyweight: 186-205 lbs.


Frank Shamrock and Kevin Jackson compete for the inaugural UFC light heavyweight championship.

Frank Shamrock
def.
Kevin Jackson
Submission (armbar) @ 0:16 of R1
UFC: Ultimate Japan
12.21.97

def.
Igor Zinoviev
Knockout (slam) @ 0:22 of R1
UFC 16: Battle In The Bayou
03.13.98
def.
Jeremy Horn
Submission (kneebar) @ 16:28 of R1
UFC 17: Redemption
05.15.98
def.
John Lober
Submission (punches) @ 7:40 of R1
UFC: Ultimate Brazil
10.16.98
def.
Tito Ortiz
Submission (punches) @ 4:42 of R4
UFC 22: Only One Can Be Champion
09.24.99

Frank Shamrock vacates the UFC light heavyweight championship after announcing his retirement from mixed martial arts.

Tito Ortiz and Wanderlei Silva compete for the vacant UFC light heavyweight championship.

Tito Ortiz
def.
Wanderlei Silva
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 25: Ultimate Japan 2
04.14.00

def.
Yuki Kondo
Submission (neck crank) @ 1:52 of R1
UFC 29: Defense Of The Belts
12.16.00
def.
Evan Tanner
Knockout (slam) @ 0:30 of R1
UFC 30: Battle On The Boardwalk
02.23.01
def.
Elvis Sinosic
Knockout (punches & elbows) @ 3:32 of R1
UFC 32: Showdown In The Meadowlands
06.29.01
def.
Vladimir Matyushenko
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 33: Victory In Vegas
09.28.01
def.
Ken Shamrock
TKO (corner stoppage) @ 5:00 of R3
UFC 40: Vendetta
11.22.01

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

Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell compete for the interim UFC light heavyweight championship.

Randy Couture
def.
Chuck Liddell
TKO (punches) @ 2:39 of R3
UFC 43: Meltdown
06.06.03

Tito Ortiz returns to the UFC after terms are reached on his contract negotiations.

Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture compete for the undisputed UFC light heavyweight championship.

Randy Couture
def.
Tito Ortiz
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 44: Undisputed
09.26.03

Vitor Belfort
def.
Randy Couture
TKO (cut/doctor stoppage) @ 0:49 of R1
UFC 46: Supernatural
01.31.04

Randy Couture
def.
Vitor Belfort
TKO (doctor stoppage) @ 5:00 of R3
UFC 49: Unfinished Business
08.21.04

Chuck Liddell
def.
Randy Couture
Knockout (punches) @ 2:06 of R1
UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell 2
04.16.05

def.
Jeremy Horn
TKO (retirement) @ 2:46 of R4
UFC 54: Boiling Point
08.20.05
def.
Randy Couture
Knockout (punch) @ 1:28 of R2
UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3
02.04.06
def.
Renato Sobral
TKO (punches) @ 1:35 of R1
UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral 2
08.26.06
def.
Tito Ortiz
TKO (punches) @ 3:57 of R3
UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz 2
12.30.06

Quinton Jackson
def.
Chuck Liddell
TKO (punches) @ 1:53 of R1
UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson
05.26.07

def.
Dan Henderson
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion
09.08.07

Forrest Griffin
def.
Quinton Jackson
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin
07.05.08

Rashad Evans
def.
Forrest Griffin
TKO (punches) @ 2:46 of R3
UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008
12.27.08

Lyoto Machida
def.
Rashad Evans
Knockout (punches) @ 3:57 of R2
UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida
05.23.09

def.
Mauricio Rua
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun
10.24.09

Mauricio Rua
def.
Lyoto Machida
Knockout (punches) @ 3:35 of R1
UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2
05.08.10

Jon Jones
def.
Mauricio Rua
TKO (punches & knees) @ 2:37 of R3
UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones
03.19.11

def.
Quinton Jackson
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage
09.24.11
def.
Lyoto Machida
Submission (guillotine choke) @ 4:26 of R2
UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida
12.10.11
def.
Rashad Evans
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans
04.21.12
def.
Vitor Belfort
Submission (americana) @ 0:54 of R4
UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort
09.22.12
def.
Chael Sonnen
TKO (elbows & punches) @ 4:33 of R1
UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen
04.27.13
def.
Alexander Gustafsson
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson
09.21.13
def.
Glover Teixeira
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira
04.26.14
def.
Daniel Cormier
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier
01.03.15

Jon Jones is stripped of the UFC light heavyweight championship after repeatedly violating the UFC’s code of conduct policy.

Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier compete for the vacant UFC light heavyweight championship.

Daniel Cormier
def.
Anthony Johnson
Submission (rear-naked choke) @ 2:39 of R3
UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier
05.23.15

def.
Alexander Gustafsson
Decision (split) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson
10.03.15

Daniel Cormier is unable to defend the UFC heavyweight championship after sustaining an injury.

Jon Jones and Ovince St. Preux compete for the interim UFC heavyweight championship.

Jon Jones
def.
Ovince St. Preux
Decision (unanimous) @ 5:00 of R5
UFC 197: Jones vs. St. Preux
04.23.16

Jon Jones is stripped of the interim UFC light heavyweight championship after testing positive for banned substances during the UFC 200 pre-fight drug test.

Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson compete for the undisputed UFC light heavyweight championship.

Daniel Cormier
def.
Anthony Johnson
Submission (rear-naked choke) @ 3:37 of R2
UFC 210: Cormier vs. Johnson 2
04.08.17