Current and all-time UFC champions

Stipe Miocic defeated Daniel Cormier by fourth-round TKO to reclaim his heavyweight belt at UFC 241. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

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.

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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

Heavyweight (Up to 265 pounds)

Stipe Miocic
Won title: August 17, 2019
Outcome: TKO4 over Daniel Cormier (UFC 241)
Defenses: 1

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: 2

Welterweight (170)

Kamaru Usman
Won title: March 2, 2019
Outcome: UD over Tyron Woodley (UFC 235)
Defenses: 3

Lightweight (155)

Khabib Nurmagomedov
Won title: April 7, 2018
Outcome: UD over Al Iaquinta (UFC 223)
Defenses: 3

Men's featherweight (145)

Alexander Volkanovski
Won title: Dec. 14, 2019
Outcome: UD over Max Holloway (UFC 245)
Defenses: 1

Men's bantamweight (135)

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

Men's flyweight (125)

Deiveson Figueiredo
Won title: July 18, 2020
Outcome: SUB1 over Joseph Benavidez (UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2)
Defenses: 2

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: 4

Strawweight (115)

Zhang Weili
Won title: Aug. 31, 2019
Outcome: TKO1 over Jessica Andrade (UFC Shenzhen)
Defenses: 1