For years the UFC light heavyweight belt was held by some of the sports biggest names. See which athletes were able to climb the ladder and claim UFC gold in one of UFC toughest divisions.
Frank Shamrock (1997-1999) Defeats Kevin Jackson at Ultimate Japan (12/21/97) to become the first UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. (Watch On UFC Fight Pass) The title was then called the Middleweight title. Shamrock defends his title against Igor Zinoviev, Jeremy Horn, John Lober, and Tito Ortiz. He retires from the UFC in November of 1999.
Tito Ortiz (2000-2003) Defeats Wanderlei Silva at UFC 25 (4/14/00) to win the vacant title. Ortiz defends his crown against Yuki Kondo, Evan Tanner, Elvis Sinosic, Vladimir Matyushenko and Ken Shamrock. After a period of inactivity, Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture were selected to fight for the interim title. (Watch On UFC Fight Pass)
Chuck Liddell (2005-2007) Defeats Couture at UFC 52 (4/16/05). Liddell defended his title against Jeremy Horn, Couture, Renato Sobral, and Ortiz. (Watch On UFC Fight Pass)
Quinton Jackson (2007-2008) Defeats Liddell in the first round at UFC 71 (5/26/07). Jackson defended the title against Dan Henderson in UFC 75's main event, winning the bout by unanimous decision. (Watch On UFC Fight Pass)
Forrest Griffin (2008) Defeats Quinton Jackson via unanimous decision at UFC 86 (7/5/08). (Watch On UFC Fight Pass)
Jon Jones (2011-2015) Defeats Rua a third round TKO at UFC 128 (3/19/11). Defended the title against Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Alexander Gustafsson, Glover Teixeira, Daniel Cormier. Stripped of title in April 2015. (Watch On UFC Fight Pass)
Daniel Cormier (2015-2018) Wins the vacant light heavyweight title by defeating Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 (5/23/15). Defended the title against Alexander Gustafsson, Anthony Johnson, Volkan Oezdemir. Vacated title on December 28, 2018. (Watch On UFC Fight Pass)
Jon Jones (2016) Defeats Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 (4/23/16) to win the interim light heavyweight title. Stripped of interim belt for failed drug test. Defeated Cormier for the undisputed light heavyweight title at UFC 214 (7/29/17). Jones failed a drug test and was stripped of the title and the fight ruled a no contest. Cormier reinstated as champion. (Watch On UFC Fight Pass)
Jon Jones (2018-2019) Defeats Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 (12/29/18) to win the vacant UFC light heavyweight title. Defended title against Anthony Smith, Thiago Santos, Dominick Reyes. Vacated belt on August 17, 2020. (Watch On UFC Fight Pass)
Jiri Prochazka (2022) Defeats Glover Teixeira at UFC 275 (6/11/22) in Singapore via fifth round submission (rear-naked choke). Vacated title on November 23, 2022 due to a shoulder injury that requires a significant rehabilitation period. (Watch On UFC Fight Pass)
UFC 282's main event featured former champion and No. 2 ranked light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz take on surging No. 3 ranked Magomed Ankalaev for the vacant, undisputed UFC light heavyweight championship. They fought to a draw on December 10th, 2022.
Jamahal Hill (2023) Defeats Glover Teixeira at UFC 283 (1/21/23) in Rio de Janeiro via unanimous decision. Vacated title after rupturing his Achilles tendon and requires a significant rehabilitation period. (Watch On UFC Fight Pass).
Alex Pereira (Present) Defeats defeats Jiří Procházka at UFC 295 by KO (elbows) at 4:08 of Round 2. (Watch On UFC Fight Pass)
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