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UFC Champions 2021

DivisionChampionDate SinceDefenses
HeavyweightFrancis Ngannou27-Mar-20210
Light HeavyweightJan Bachowicz27-Sept-20201
MiddleweightIsrael Adesanya06-Oct-20193
WelterweightKamaru Usman02-Mar-20194
LightweightCharles Oliveira15-May-20210
FeatherweightAlexander Volkanovski14-Dec-20191
BantamweightAljamain Sterling6-Mar-20210
FlyweightBrandon Moreno12-Jun-20210
Women's FeatherweightAmanda Nunes29-Dec-20182
Women's BantamweightAmanda Nunes09-Jul-20165
Women's FlyweightValentina Shevchenko08-Dec-20185
Women's StrawweightRose Namajunas24-Apr-20210


Above is the list of all current UFC Champions with respect to their weight classes.


Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) champions are fighters who have won and held UFC Championships in respect to their weight classes and divisions. At the time of the UFC's inception in 1993, MMA was unsanctioned in the US and did not include any weight classes. However, in 1997, UFC finally began introducing weight-specific titles starting with UFC 12.


  1. UFC Heavyweight Champion 2021
  2. UFC Middleweight Champion 2021
  3. UFC Lightweight Champion 2021
  4. UFC Welterweight Champion 2021
  5. UFC Featherweight Champion 2021
  6. UFC Light Heavyweight Champion 2021
  7. UFC Bantamweight Champion 2021
  8. UFC Flyweight Champion 2021
  9. UFC Women's Featherweight Champion 2021
  10. UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion 2021
  11. UFC Women's Flyweight Champion 2021
  12. UFC Strawweight Champion 2021


UFC Champions


By the time of UFC 31, the Ultimate Fighting Championship came up with a total number of five active weight divisions in the promotion: Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, and Heavyweight.


In 2010, the UFC would expand their lower weight classes and the first addition came in late 2010 when the UFC merged with their sister organization World Extreme Cagefighting and the Featherweight and Bantamweight Divisions were introduced in the UFC.


In 2012, the dissolution of UFC’s sister promotion Strikeforce allowed the UFC to add female fighters to their roster for the first time in the promotion's history.


There are currently a total of 12 UFC weight classes. 8 divisions for the men and 4 divisions for the women.


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UFC Heavyweight Champion 2021


Francis Ngannou


SinceMarch 27, 2021
Defenses0


UFC 260: Miocic v Ngannou 2


At UFC 198, Stipe Miocic won the UFC heavyweight championship in Brazil. Before being defeated by Daniel Cormier for the title at UFC 226, Miocic defended his belt thrice against Alistair Overeem, Junior Dos Santos, and Francis Ngannou.


Stipe then won the championship for the second time at UFC 241 when he faced Daniel Cormier in a rematch before going on to defend it against Cormier in their trilogy fight at UFC 252. Francis Ngannou is the current UFC heavyweight champion after beating Stipe Miocic at UFC 260.


UFC Middleweight Champion 2021


Israel Adesanya


Since6th October, 2019
Defenses3


UFC Middleweight Champion


Israel Adesanya was crowned the new UFC middleweight champion after knocking out Robert Whittaker in the main event of UFC 243 in the Marvel Stadium at Melbourne, Australia. Adesanya, who remains undefeated in MMA, defended his title twice this year.


The first occasion was against Yoel Romero at UFC 248 and the second saw Adesanya best Paulo Costa at UFC 253. Israel Adesanya remains the UFC middleweight champion.


UFC Lightweight Champion 2021


Charles Oliveira


Since15th May, 2021
Defenses0


UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira


Khabib Nurmagomedov won the vacant UFC lightweight championship at UFC 223 when he defeated Al laquinta by unanimous decision. Khabib has since defended his title thrice, all of them being submission victories.


He defeated Conor McGregor by neck crank, Dustin Poirier by a rear-naked choke and Justin Gaethje by a triangle choke. Khabib has retired from MMA but has vacated his title.


Charles Oliveira defeated Michael Chandler at UFC 262 to become the UFC Lightweight Champion.


UFC Welterweight Champion 2021


Kamaru Usman


Since2nd March, 2019
Defenses4


UFC Welterweight Champion


At UFC 201, Tyron Woodley defeated Robbie Lawler to win the welterweight championship. At UFC 235, Kamaru Usman became the first-ever Nigerian-born champion in UFC history by beating Woodley by unanimous decision.


Kamaru Usman faced Colby Covington in his first title defence at UFC 245 and won the fight by TKO. Usman then faced Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251, winning the contest by unanimous decision.


On February 13 2021, Usman faced Gilbert Burns at UFC 258 and defended his title by winning the fight via TKO in the third round. Kamaru Usman remains the UFC Welterweight Champion.


UFC Featherweight Champion 2021


Alexander Volkanovski


Since14th December, 2019
Defenses1


Max Holloway v Alexander Volkanovski


At UFC 245, Alexander Volkanovski dethroned Max Holloway and became the first Australian-born UFC featherweight champion.


Volkanovski then defeated Max Holloway again via split decision at UFC 251. Alexander Volkanovski remains the current UFC featherweight champion.


UFC Light Heavyweight Champion 2021


Jan Bachowicz


Since27th September, 2020
Defenses1


UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz



After the two-time UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones vacated the title on 17th August 2020, Jan Blachowicz faced the former title challenger Dominick Reyes for the vacant belt. Blachowicz won the fight by TKO, becoming the new UFC light heavyweight champion in the process. He is the first male Polish champion in UFC history.


UFC Bantamweight Champion 2021


Aljamain Sterling


Since6th Mar, 2021
Defenses0


UFC Fight 250 Nunes v Spencer: Weigh-Ins


Henry Cejudo defeated Marlon Moraes to win the vacant UFC bantamweight championship. He defended it against former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz at UFC 249, later vacating the title on May 24, 2020, after announcing his retirement.


Petr Yan faced former featherweight champion Jose Aldo for the vacant UFC bantamweight championship. Yan knocked out Aldo and became the UFC bantamweight champion.


In his first title defence, Yan faced Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259 on March 6, 2021 and lost the title by disqualification due to an intentional illegal knee landed by him in the fourth round to Sterling.


Sterling couldn't continue the fight any further due to concussion and the doctor recommended to stop the fight thus making him the new UFC Bantamweight champion. This is the first ever title change caused by a disqualification in UFC history.


UFC Flyweight Champion 2021


Brandon Moreno


Since12th June, 2021
Defenses0


UFC 256: Weigh-Ins


Deiveson Figueiredo defeated Joseph Benavidez in their rematch for the vacant UFC flyweight championship by a rear-naked choke.


Deiveson has since defended his belt twice. He faced Alex Perez at UFC 255 and submitted him with a guillotine choke in the first round. He then fought three weeks later and retained the belt after a five-round majority draw against Brandon Moreno at UFC 256.


At UFC 263, Brandon Moreno defeated Deiveson Figueiredo to become the UFC Flyweight Champion.


UFC Women's Featherweight Champion 2021


Amanda Nunes


Since29th Dec, 2018
Defenses2


UFC Women's Featherweight Champion


Amanda Nunes defeated Cris Cyborg via KO for the Women's UFC featherweight championship at UFC 232 and became the first woman to become a two-division UFC champion. She is also the third fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously (bantamweight and featherweight).


She defended her title against Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 and became the first and only fighter in UFC history to defend two titles while actively holding them. Amanda Nunes remains the current UFC Women's featherweight champion.


UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion 2021


Amanda Nunes


Since9th July, 2016
Defenses5


Amanda Nunes defeated Miesha Tate with a submission via a rear-naked choke at UFC 200 to win the UFC bantamweight championship.


Amanda has since defended the title against Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko, Raquel Pennington, Holly Holm and Germaine De Randamie. She remains the current UFC Women's bantamweight champion.


UFC Women's Flyweight Champion 2021


Valentina Shevchenko


Since8th December, 2018
Defenses5


UFC Women's Flyweight Champion


Valentina Shevchenko won the vacant UFC women's flyweight championship after defeating Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 in Toronto, Canada. Shevchenko has since defended her title four times against Jessica Eye, Liz Carmouche, Katlyn Chookagian and Jennifer Maia. With a title reign of 734 days and counting, Shevchenko remains the current UFC women's flyweight champion.


UFC Strawweight Champion 2021


Rose Namajunas


Since24th April, 2021
Defenses0


UFC 261: Usman v Masvidal 2


Jessica Andrade defeated Rose Namajunas at UFC 237 to win the UFC strawweight title but lost it to Zhang Weili at UFC Fight Night: Shenzhen, China. Weili went on to face Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her first title defence and won via split decision at UFC 248.


Rose Namajunas defeated Zhang Weili at UFC 261 and is the current UFC strawweight champion.


FAQ


Q. Who are the current UFC Champions?


A. The current UFC Champions are :- Francis Ngannou (Heavyweight), Jan Blachowicz (Light Heavyweight), Israel Adesanya (Middleweight), Kamaru Usman (Welterweight), Charles Oliveira (Lightweight) Alexander Volkanovski (Featherweight), Aljamain Sterling (Bantamweight), Brandon Moreno (Flyweight), Amanda Nunes (Women's Bantamweight and Featherweight), Valentina Shevchenko (Women's Flyweight) and Rose Namajunas (Women's Strawweight).


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Last Updated June 12, 2021

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