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: Francis Ngannou)

Light Heavyweight (current champion: Jiri Prochazka)

Middleweight (current champion: Alex Pereira)

Welterweight (current champion: Leon Edwards)

Lightweight (current champion: Islam Makhachev)

Featherweight (current champion: Alexander Volkanovski)

Bantamweight (current champion: Aljamain Sterling)

Flyweight (current champion: Brandon Moreno)

Strawweight (current champion: vacant)

 

Women’s Featherweight+ (current champion: Amanda Nunes)

Women’s Bantamweight (current champion: Amanda Nunes)

Women’s Flyweight (current champion: Tracy Cortez)

Women’s Strawweight (current champion: Weili Zhang)

Women’s Atomweight (current champion: Seika Izawa)

40 Comments

  1. Russell Ash August 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm Reply

    Bisping is the champ now!!!

  2. Anthony August 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm Reply

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

  3. Kal August 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm Reply

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

  4. PRIDEneverDIES August 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm Reply

    strangely enough, the SAKU title lineage has a cult following amongst some fans now

  5. oleg August 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm Reply

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

  6. PRIDEneverDIES August 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm Reply

    Found it

    Sakuraba
    Wanderlei Silva
    Mark Hunt
    Josh Barnett
    Crocop
    Gonzaga
    Couture
    Lesnar
    Velasquez
    Dos Santos
    Velasquez

  7. PRIDEneverDIES August 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm Reply

    Sorry I stand corrected, a website which focuses on major MMA title lineages showed that Sakuraba was given the SAKU belt after he defeated Ryan Gracie on December 2000. His next fight was the loss to Wanderlei Silva where he actually gave Silva the belt

  8. jason August 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm Reply

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

  9. PRIDEneverDIES August 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm Reply

    Apparently after his epic battle with Royce Gracie and losing to heavyweight Vovchanchyn, the organizers of Pride made a belt for Sakuraba, as recognition as the worlds best pound for pound fighter, since at that time they did not have official divisional championship titles.

  10. oleg August 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm Reply

    Not sure what exactly the Saku lineage is; all open weight / heavyweight lineages eventually merge with Fedor. After Cain/Silva fight it will also merge with the current UFC HW title.

  11. PRIDEneverDIES August 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm Reply

    search SAKU belt

  12. oleg August 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm Reply

    That’s… odd. Why does a special lineage start with Sakuraba between the Vovchanchyn fight and the first Wanderlei fight?

    Between those two fights, Sakuraba has beaten Ryan Gracie (second pro MMA fight), Renzo Gracie (good fighter at the time but coming off a loss) and Shannon Ritch (career journeyman). So which of those three fights gave birth to a new lineage?

    The real open-weight lineage starts with Royce Gracie, and merges with HW when weight classes were introduced.

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

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

  14. oleg August 19, 2018 at 8:54 pm Reply

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

  15. 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.

  16. NameHere August 19, 2018 at 8:54 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.

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

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

  18. oleg August 19, 2018 at 8:54 pm Reply

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

  19. 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

  20. 13 second warrior August 19, 2018 at 8:54 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

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

    Bisping is the champ now!!!

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

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

  23. 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

  24. themahonster August 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm 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

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

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

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

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

  27. jason March 17, 2013 at 8:23 am Reply

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

  28. PRIDEneverDIES March 17, 2013 at 1:00 am Reply

    Sorry I stand corrected, a website which focuses on major MMA title lineages showed that Sakuraba was given the SAKU belt after he defeated Ryan Gracie on December 2000. His next fight was the loss to Wanderlei Silva where he actually gave Silva the belt

  29. PRIDEneverDIES March 17, 2013 at 12:22 am Reply

    strangely enough, the SAKU title lineage has a cult following amongst some fans now

  30. oleg March 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm Reply

    So they randomly awarded him a belt for losing a fight? Only in Japan…

    Anyhow I guess that lineage will also merge with the openweight/HW after Velazquez – Silva.

  31. oleg August 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm Reply

    So they randomly awarded him a belt for losing a fight? Only in Japan…

    Anyhow I guess that lineage will also merge with the openweight/HW after Velazquez – Silva.

  32. PRIDEneverDIES March 9, 2013 at 8:58 am Reply

    Apparently after his epic battle with Royce Gracie and losing to heavyweight Vovchanchyn, the organizers of Pride made a belt for Sakuraba, as recognition as the worlds best pound for pound fighter, since at that time they did not have official divisional championship titles.

  33. PRIDEneverDIES March 9, 2013 at 8:44 am Reply

    search SAKU belt

  34. oleg March 8, 2013 at 6:30 pm Reply

    That’s… odd. Why does a special lineage start with Sakuraba between the Vovchanchyn fight and the first Wanderlei fight?

    Between those two fights, Sakuraba has beaten Ryan Gracie (second pro MMA fight), Renzo Gracie (good fighter at the time but coming off a loss) and Shannon Ritch (career journeyman). So which of those three fights gave birth to a new lineage?

    The real open-weight lineage starts with Royce Gracie, and merges with HW when weight classes were introduced.

  35. PRIDEneverDIES March 8, 2013 at 5:11 pm Reply

    Found it

    Sakuraba
    Wanderlei Silva
    Mark Hunt
    Josh Barnett
    Crocop
    Gonzaga
    Couture
    Lesnar
    Velasquez
    Dos Santos
    Velasquez

  36. oleg March 4, 2013 at 11:33 pm Reply

    Not sure what exactly the Saku lineage is; all open weight / heavyweight lineages eventually merge with Fedor. After Cain/Silva fight it will also merge with the current UFC HW title.

  37. PRIDEneverDIES March 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm Reply

    What about the most prestigious Saku belt lineage for open weight?

  38. PRIDEneverDIES August 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm Reply

    What about the most prestigious Saku belt lineage for open weight?

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