Lineal Championship Histories

The lineal championship histories display the divisional histories of “the man, who beat the man, who beat the man….” The first “man” in each division was a judgment call, made depending on whether or not there was an organization overseeing the divisional matchmaking. In this case, the winner of the first recorded match in said division (if this was the only divisional match on that card) determined the first champion. Otherwise, the winner of the first match between recognized top contenders (#1 vs. #2, #1 vs. #3, and rarely #2 vs. #3 — FightMatrix ratings were used as a guide) was used to determine an initial champion . The latter method was also used when champions retired, or went inactive.

Although judgment calls were necessary, it is highly doubtful that any of them affected today’s current champion. Nevertheless, we have posted the complete histories, along with notes, for each division’s lineage. The weight limits observed are a bit more “strict” than for our standard rankings to ensure that catchweight and “stay busy” fights did not interrupt the lineages. Furthermore, we reserve the right to make any retroactive changes upon discovery of errors, bad divisional info, and well-researched logical objections. If you have any objections or comments, please let us know.


Complete lineal championship histories for each division:

Heavyweight (current champion: Stipe Miocic)

Light Heavyweight (current champion: Daniel Cormier)

Middleweight (current champion: George St. Pierre)

Welterweight (current champion: Tyron Woodley)

Lightweight (current champion: Conor McGregor)

Featherweight (current champion: Max Holloway)

Bantamweight (current champion: TJ Dillashaw)

Flyweight (current champion: Demetrious Johnson)

Strawweight (current champion: Vacant)

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    1. oleg April 10, 2018 at 12:33 pm Reply

      Fixed. I won’t argue with rebooting MW lineage with Romero/Whittaker 2.

    2. NameHere April 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm Reply

      Appears this page could use an update. Also, seeing as GSP has indicated he is very likely to not return at 185 it may be time to restart the lineage, I’d assume with the winner of Whittaker vs Romero 2.

    3. oleg June 5, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply

      Because McGregor has no intention of fighting at FW ever again.

    4. 13 second warrior June 4, 2017 at 10:31 pm Reply

      how the fuck do you have jon jones as lineal champ but not conor as the lineal champ for 145???? lol makes no sense

    5. Russell Ash June 5, 2016 at 9:58 pm Reply

      Bisping is the champ now!!!

    6. oleg January 31, 2016 at 12:26 am Reply

      Alvarez lost to Chandler before beating Aoki for the lineal title.

    7. themahonster January 29, 2016 at 8:13 am Reply

      Something that bothers me about this list: why isn’t Michael Chandler listed as a lineal champion? After all, he beat Eddie Alvarez. The answer is most likely staring me in the face,but I just cant for the life of me figure out why he wouldn’t be included

    8. Kal August 24, 2015 at 11:06 am Reply

      Any chance you guys can post the lineal championship history for the Women’s divisions?

    9. Anthony April 20, 2015 at 1:49 pm Reply

      Robbie Lawler is the current welterweight lineal champion now….not Johny Hendricks

    10. jcs March 17, 2013 at 8:23 am Reply

      This kinda sounds like the Million Dollar Belt from the 1980s WWF.

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