First, a run-down of the particulars:

  • Due to potential metric conversion issues, a limit of 126 pounds was observed for this list.
  • Inception of the championship occured on 3/27/1992, the first known professional fight taking place at or below 126 pounds.
  • Periodic inactivity was not an issue for Flyweights.
  • Vacancies after permanent inactivity were filled by the next chronological winner in a Flyweight match. This was the perfect solution, as the permanent inactivity instances seen correlated with huge voids in known Flyweight history. I have a feeling that the other divisions won’t sort themselves out this easily.

Your current lineal Flyweight champion is Demetrious Johnson.

The full history is below. Note, the colored backgrounds indicate a title change.

MMA Flyweight Lineal Championship History

Date Champion Outcome Challenger Notes
1992-03-27 Kenji Ogusu WIN Toshio Ando Inception
1992-07-23 Kenji Ogusu WIN Yoshiaki Murai
1992-09-25 Kenji Ogusu DRAW Tadashi Murakami
1993-11-25 Kenji Ogusu WIN Satoshi Fukuoka Ogusu retired after this fight.
1994-01-14 Mamoru Okochi WIN Tadashi Murakami Vacant Title
1995-05-12 Jin Akimoto WIN Kazuyoshi Kudo
1995-06-04 Jin Akimoto WIN Masataka Kawakami
1996-03-05 Jin Akimoto WIN Yoshinori Haraigawa
1996-05-07 Jin Akimoto DRAW Mitsuhiro Sakamoto
1996-10-04 Mitsuhiro Sakamoto WIN Jin Akimoto
1997-04-06 Mitsuhiro Sakamoto WIN Masaru Gokita Sakamoto’s last qualifying fight.
2001-01-19 Toshiteru Ishii WIN Tomohiro Hashi Vacant Title
2001-03-21 Toshiteru Ishii WIN Katsuhisa Akasaki
2001-09-27 Homare Kuboyama WIN Toshiteru Ishii
2001-11-25 Homare Kuboyama WIN Tomohiro Hashi
2002-03-13 Homare Kuboyama WIN Takeyasu Hirono
2002-07-19 Homare Kuboyama WIN Takeyasu Hirono
2003-03-18 Mamoru Yamaguchi WIN Homare Kuboyama
2003-12-14 Mamoru Yamaguchi WIN Yasuhiro Urushitani 1st Shooto 56kg Championship bout
2004-05-03 Mamoru Yamaguchi WIN Hiroaki Yoshioka
2004-09-26 Mamoru Yamaguchi DRAW Robson Moura
2005-01-29 Mamoru Yamaguchi WIN Junji Ikoma
2005-09-23 Mamoru Yamaguchi WIN Pat Seidel
2005-12-17 Mamoru Yamaguchi WIN Daiji Takahashi
2006-03-24 Mamoru Yamaguchi DRAW Shinichi Kojima
2006-05-12 Mamoru Yamaguchi WIN Setsu Iguchi
2006-09-08 Mamoru Yamaguchi WIN Erikas Suslovas 9th Defense – Flyweight Record
2006-10-14 Shinichi Kojima WIN Mamoru Yamaguchi
2007-03-16 Shinichi Kojima DRAW Yasuhiro Urushitani
2007-07-15 Shinichi Kojima WIN Yasuhiro Akagi
2008-07-18 Shinichi Kojima WIN Mamoru Yamaguchi
2009-01-18 Shinichi Kojima DRAW Jesse Taitano
2009-03-20 Shinichi Kojima WIN Yuki Shojo
2009-07-19 Jussier da Silva WIN Shinichi Kojima
2010-06-12 Jussier da Silva WIN Alexandre Pantoja 1st Lineal bout outside of Japan
2010-12-02 Jussier da Silva WIN Danny Martinez 1st Lineal bout in USA, not in Shooto
2011-02-18 Ian McCall WIN Jussier da Silva
2011-05-06 Ian McCall WIN Dustin Ortiz
2011-08-05 Ian McCall WIN Darrell Montague
2012-03-02 Ian McCall DRAW Demetrious Johnson
2012-06-01 Demetrious Johnson WIN Ian McCall
2012-09-22 Demetrious Johnson WIN Joseph Benavidez
2013-01-26 Demetrious Johnson WIN John Dodson
2013-07-27 Demetrious Johnson WIN John Moraga
2013-12-14 Demetrious Johnson WIN Joseph Benavidez
2014-06-14 Demetrious Johnson WIN Ali Bagautinov
2014-09-28 Demetrious Johnson WIN Chris Cariaso
2015-04-26 Demetrious Johnson WIN Kyoji Horiguchi
2015-09-25 Demetrious Johnson WIN John Dodson
2016-04-24 Demetrious Johnson WIN Henry Cejudo Ties Mamoru Yamaguchi with 9 title defenses
2016-12-03 Demetrious Johnson WIN Tim Elliott
2017-04-15 Demetrious Johnson WIN Wilson Reis
2017-10-07 Demetrious Johnson WIN Ray Borg


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