First, a run-down of the particulars:
  • Due to potential metric conversion issues and weight class changes, a limit of 206 pounds is observed for this list.
  • Inception of the championship occurred on 12/21/1997. The late start was due to the lack of guidance by an organization, with no semblance of matchmaking. Before the UFC, the Light Heavyweight division was used a “stop gap” between Middleweight and Heavyweight.
  • Only one period of inactivity was seen in this lineage.
Your current lineal Light Heavyweight champion is Jon Jones

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

MMA Light Heavyweight Lineal Championship History

Date Champion Outcome Challenger Notes
1997-12-21 Frank Shamrock WIN Kevin Jackson
1998-03-13 Frank Shamrock WIN Igor Zinoviev
1998-05-15 Frank Shamrock WIN Jeremy Horn
1998-10-16 Frank Shamrock WIN John Lober
1999-04-23 Frank Shamrock DRAW Kiyoshi Tamura
1999-09-24 Frank Shamrock WIN Tito Ortiz
2000-12-10 Frank Shamrock WIN Elvis Sinosic Shamrock went inactive.
2003-09-26 Randy Couture WIN Tito Ortiz Top contender match
2004-01-31 Vitor Belfort WIN Randy Couture
2004-08-21 Randy Couture WIN Vitor Belfort
2005-04-16 Chuck Liddell WIN Randy Couture
2005-08-20 Chuck Liddell WIN Jeremy Horn
2006-02-04 Chuck Liddell WIN Randy Couture
2006-08-26 Chuck Liddell WIN Renato Sobral
2006-12-30 Chuck Liddell WIN Tito Ortiz
2007-05-26 Quinton Jackson WIN Chuck Liddell
2007-09-08 Quinton Jackson WIN Dan Henderson
2008-07-05 Forrest Griffin WIN Quinton Jackson
2008-12-27 Rashad Evans WIN Forrest Griffin
2009-05-23 Lyoto Machida WIN Rashad Evans
2009-10-24 Lyoto Machida WIN Mauricio Rua
2010-05-08 Mauricio Rua WIN Lyoto Machida
2011-03-19 Jon Jones WIN Mauricio Rua
2011-09-24 Jon Jones WIN Quinton Jackson
2011-12-11 Jon Jones WIN Lyoto Machida
2012-04-21 Jon Jones WIN Rashad Evans
2012-09-22 Jon Jones WIN Vitor Belfort
2013-04-27 Jon Jones WIN Chael Sonnen
2013-09-21 Jon Jones WIN Alexander Gustafsson
2014-04-26 Jon Jones WIN Glover Teixeira
2015-01-03 Jon Jones WIN Daniel Cormier

Jones stripped of the UFC title and faced a potentially long hiatus.

Lineage temporarily restarted with the top contender bout of Cormier vs Johnson.

2016-04-24 Jon Jones WIN Ovince St. Preux

Jones lineage is resumed as he makes a successful return to MMA.

Cormier’s wins over Johnson and Gustafsson are erased from the lineage.

2017-07-29 Jon Jones WIN Daniel Cormier



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