Posted by on December 15, 2019

Fast forward from UFC 1 to UFC 245, which fighters have stood out from the rest? From those 504 UFC events, a total of 83 mixed martial artists were able to rise to greatness — they became either UFC champions or interim champions.

This article will include a list of all the current UFC champions.

If you would like to learn more about the groundbreaking records that happened in UFC championship fights then take this short UFC Title Fight Records quiz.

Who are the current UFC champions?

Heavyweight (Up to 265lbs or 120kg)

  • Stipe Miocic
  • Won title: Aug 17, 2019 at UFC 241
  • Outcome: Round 4 TKO over Daniel Cormier
  • Age (when he won the title): 36 years, 11 months, 29 days
  • Nationality: American
  • Hometown: Euclid, Ohio
  • Title defenses (since he last won the title): 0
  • Next fight: TBD

Light Heavyweight (205lbs or 93kg)

  • Jon Jones
  • Won title: Dec 29, 2018 at UFC 232
  • Outcome: Round 3 TKO over Alexander Gustafsson
  • Age (when he won last won the title): 31 years, 5 months, 10 days
  • Nationality: American
  • Hometown: Rochester, New York
  • Title defenses (since he last won the title): 2
  • Next fight: Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 on Feb 14, 2020

Middleweight (185lbs or 84kg)

  • Israel Adesanya
  • Won title: Oct 6, 2019 at UFC 213
  • Outcome: Round 2 TKO over Robert Whittaker
  • Age (when he won the title): 30 years, 2 months, 14 days
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
  • Title defenses: 0
  • Next fight: TBD

Welterweight (170lbs or 77kg)

  • Kamaru Usman
  • Won title: March 2, 2019 at UFC 235
    Outcome: Unanimous Decision over Tyron Woodley
  • Age (when he won the title): 31 years, 9 months, 20 days
  • Nationality: Nigerian*
  • Hometown: Auchi, Nigeria
  • Title defenses: 1
  • Next fight: TBD

*Kamaru Usman became the first mixed martial artist born in Africa to win the UFC strap.

Lightweight (155lbs or 70.5kg)

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • Won title: April 7, 2018 at UFC 223
  • Outcome: Unanimous Decision over Al Iaquinta
  • Age (when he won the title): 29 years, 6 months, 18 days
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Hometown: Sildi, Dagestan
  • Title defenses: 2
  • Next fight: Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18, 2020

Featherweight (145lbs or 66kg)

Alex Volkanovski winning the UFC title
  • Alex Volkanovski
  • Won title: Dec 14, 2019 at UFC 245
  • Outcome: Unanimous Decision over Max Holloway
  • Age (when he won the title): 31 years, 2 months, 15 days
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Hometown: New South Wales, Australia
  • Title defenses: 0
  • Next fight: TBD

Women’s Featherweight (145lbs or 66kg)

  • Amanda Nunes
  • Won title: Dec 29, 2018 at UFC 232
  • Outcome: Round 1 KO over Cris Cyborg
  • Age (when he won the title): 30 years, 7 months
  • Nationality: Brazilian
  • Hometown: Salvador, Brazil
  • Title defenses: 0
  • Next fight: TBD

Bantamweight (135lbs or 61.5kg)

  • Henry Cejudo
  • Won title: June 8, 2019 at UFC 238
  • Outcome: Round 3 TKO over Marlon Moraes
  • Age (when he won the title): 32 years, 4 months
  • Nationality: American
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, California
  • Title defenses: 0
  • Next fight: TBD

Women’s Bantamweight (135lbs or 61.5kg)

  • Amanda Nunes
  • Won title: July 9, 2016 at UFC 200*
  • Outcome: Round 1 SUB over Miesha Tate
  • Age (when he won the title): 28 years, 1 month, 9 days
  • Title defenses: 5
  • Next fight: TBD

*Amanda Nunes has the longest active title reign in the UFC.

Flyweight (125lbs or 57kg)

  • Henry Cejudo
  • Won title: Aug 4, 2018 at UFC 227
  • Outcome: Split Decision over Demetrious Johnson*
  • Age (when he won the title): 31 years, 5 months, 27 days
  • Title defenses: 1

*Henry Cejudo had the 3rd biggest underdog win in 2018, when he dethroned Demetrious Johnson. To read more about how he managed to pull that off, go here.

Women’s Flyweight (125lbs or 57kg)

  • Valentina Shevchenko
  • Won title: Dec 8, 2018 at UFC 231
  • Outcome: Unanimous Decision over Joanna Jędrzejczyk
  • Age (when he won the title): 32 years, 4 months
  • Nationality: Kyrgyzstani*
  • Hometown: Frunze, Kirghizia
  • Title defenses: 2
  • Next fight: Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 247 on Feb 8, 2020

*Valentina Shevchenko became the first mixed martial artist from Kyrgyzstan to win a UFC belt.

Strawweight (115lbs or 52.5kg)

  • Weili Zhang
  • Won title: Aug 31, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 157
  • Outcome: Round 1 TKO over Jessica Andrade
  • Age (when he won the title): 30 years, 18 days
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Hometown: Hebei, China
  • Title defenses: 0
  • Next fight: Joanna Jędrzejczyk at UFC 248 on March 7, 2020

*Weili Zhang became the first mixed martial artist from China to win a UFC belt.

Which active champion has the most title defenses, since last obtaining the belt?

  • Amanda Nunes – 5 title defenses at Women’s Bantamweight
  • Jon Jones – 2 title defenses since last getting the Light Heavyweight title
  • Valentina Shevchenko – 2 title defenses at Women’s Flyweight
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov – 2 title defenses at Lightweight
  • Henry Cejudo – 1 title defense at Flyweight
  • Kamaru Usman – 1 title defense at Welterweight
  • All other champions don’t have a title defense yet

What is the nationality of each current UFC champion?

Pictured below is a breakdown of the nationality of all the present-day undisputed champions.

As you can see, America has the lead with 3 titleholders. The other UFC champions hail from Brazil, Australia, Nigeria, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and China.

The nationality of each current UFC champion
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