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Current and all-time UFC champions

Francis Ngannou dethroned Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 in his second shot at the heavyweight champion. Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

The UFC began in 1993 with fighters of all sizes competing against each other. Four years later, UFC 12 introduced weight classes: heavyweight, for fighters 200 pounds and above, and lightweight, for those 199 pounds and under. That night in Dothan, Alabama, Mark Coleman needed less than three minutes to defeat Dan Severn by a neck crank to becomes the promotion's first heavyweight champion -- its first champion, period.

Today, there 12 weight divisions in the UFC -- eight for men, four for women. Below are the current UFC champions in each weight division.

Click here for the current champions in all of the major fight promotions: Bellator MMA, One Championship, PFL, Rizin and Invicta FC, in addition to the UFC.

All-time UFC champions by division:
Heavyweight | Light heavyweight
Middleweight | Welterweight
Lightweight | Men's featherweight
Men's bantamweight | Men's flyweight
Women's featherweight
Women's bantamweight
Women's flyweight
Strawweight

Heavyweight (Up to 265 pounds)

Francis Ngannou
Won title: March 27, 2021
Outcome: KO2 over Stipe Miocic (UFC 260)
Defenses: 0

Ciryl Gane is the interim heavyweight champion (TKO3 Derrick Lewis, UFC 265)


Light heavyweight (205)

Jan Blachowicz
Won title: Sept. 26, 2020
Outcome: TKO2 over Dominick Reyes (UFC 253)
Defenses: 1


Middleweight (185)

Israel Adesanya
Won title: Oct. 6, 2019
Outcome: TKO2 over Robert Whittaker (UFC 243)
Defenses: 3


Welterweight (170)

Kamaru Usman
Won title: March 2, 2019
Outcome: UD over Tyron Woodley (UFC 235)
Defenses: 4


Lightweight (155)

Charles Oliveira
Won title: March 15, 2021
Outcome: TKO2 over Michael Chandler (UFC 262)
Defenses: 0


Men's featherweight (145)

Alexander Volkanovski
Won title: Dec. 14, 2019
Outcome: UD over Max Holloway (UFC 245)
Defenses: 2


Men's bantamweight (135)

Aljamain Sterling
Won title: March 6, 2021
Outcome: DQ4 over Petr Yan (UFC 259)
Defenses: 0


Men's flyweight (125)

Brandon Moreno
Won title: June 12, 2021
Outcome: SUB3 over Deiveson Figueiredo (UFC 263)
Defenses: 0


Women's featherweight (145)

Amanda Nunes
Won title: Dec. 29, 2018
Outcome: TKO1 over Cris Cyborg (UFC 232)
Defenses: 2


Women's bantamweight (135)

Amanda Nunes
Won title: July 9, 2016
Outcome: SUB1 over Miesha Tate (UFC 200)
Defenses: 5


Women's flyweight (125)

Valentina Shevchenko
Won title: Dec. 8, 2018
Outcome: UD over Joanna Jedrzejczyk (UFC 231)
Defenses: 6


Strawweight (115)

Rose Namajunas
Won title: April 24, 2021
Outcome: TKO1 over Zhang Weili (UFC 261)
Defenses: 0