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Alexander Volkanovski of Australia celebrates his win in the octagon during the UFC 245
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UFC Featherweight Title Lineage

Four Men Have Held The UFC's Featherweight Title, Including Some Of The Biggest Stars In The Sport.

From Jose Aldo to Alexander Volkanovski, the UFC featherweight title lineage has delivered some of the best fights and moments we've ever seen.

Jose Aldo – Declared first UFC Featherweight Champion after WEC / UFC merger in 2010. Awarded belt before UFC 123 in November of 2010. Defended title successfully against Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes (twice), Frankie Edgar, Chan Sung Jung, Ricardo Lamas

Jose Aldo walks to the Octaogn prior to his Featherweight Championship bout against Mark Hominick at UFC 129 in the Rogers Centre on April 30, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC)
Jose Aldo walks to the Octaogn prior to his Featherweight Championship bout against Mark Hominick at UFC 129 in the Rogers Centre on April 30, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC)

Conor McGregor – Defeats Chad Mendes at UFC 189 (7/11/15) to win interim title. Defeats Aldo at UFC 194 (12/12/15) to win undisputed featherweight title. Title is vacated on November 26, 2016 after McGregor wins UFC lightweight title

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor celebrates his 13 second knockout victory over Jose Aldo in their featherweight championship fight during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC)
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor celebrates his 13 second knockout victory over Jose Aldo in their featherweight championship fight during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brando

Jose Aldo – Defeats Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 (7/9/16) to win interim title. Promoted to undisputed champion on November 26, 2016

Max Holloway – Defeats Anthony Pettis at UFC 206 (12/10/16) to win interim title. Defeats Aldo at UFC 212 (6/3/17) to win undisputed title. Defends title against Aldo, Brian Ortega and Frankie Edgar.

Max Holloway poses for a portrait backstage after his victory over Anthony Pettis during the UFC 206 event inside the Air Canada Centre on December 10, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)
Max Holloway poses for a portrait backstage after his victory over Anthony Pettis during the UFC 206 event inside the Air Canada Centre on December 10, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)

Alexander Volkanovski – Defeats Holloway at UFC 245 (12/14/19) to win title. Defends title against Holloway.

Alexander Volkanovski of Australia celebrates after his split-decision victory over Max Holloway in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12 2020 on Yas Island Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
Alexander Volkanovski of Australia celebrates after his split-decision victory over Max Holloway in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Ar