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Most UFC Title Defenses for Each Division (Complete Guide)

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Record: 21-12-1

In the table below we show the most consecutive title defenses along with their overall defenses in brackets.

Most Men’s UFC Title Defenses List

Record: 20-3Nationality: AustralianDivision: Bantamweight, Flyweight

Division Fighter Defenses: Consecutive and (Overall)
Heavyweight Stipe Miocic 3 (4)
Light Heavyweight Jon Jones 8 (11)
Middleweight Anderson Silva 10
Welterweight Georges St-Pierre 9
Lightweight B.J. Penn, Frankie Edgar, Benson Henderson, Khabib Nurmagomedov 3
Featherweight Jose Also 7
Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling, Dominick Cruz, T.J. Dillashaw 3, 2 (3), 2(3)
Flyweight Demetrious Johnson 11
Most Men’s UFC Title Defenses List

Women’s UFC Title Defenses List

UFC Belts: UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship (once, seven defenses)As with Rousey, Aldo was the first-ever winner of their division and he’d go on to defend it in dominant fashion, from 2010 all the way until 2015. It was an epic run that lasted 1,848 days but it all ended 13 seconds after the bell when he faced Conor McGregor.Birthday: April 14, 1975

Division Fighter Defenses
Featherweight Cris Cyborg, Amanda Nunes 2
Bantamweight Ronda Rousey, Amanda Nunes 6, 5(6)
Flyweight Valentina Shevchenko 7
Strawweight Joanna Jędrzejczyk 5
Women’s UFC Title Defenses List

Top 10 UFC Champions With Most Title Defenses

Division: Featherweight, Bantamweight

= 10. Alexander Volkanovski – 5 Defenses

Alexander Volkanovski

Birthday: May 19, 1981UFC titles are notoriously hard to defend. With the best constantly fighting the best, keeping hold of a title for more than one or two defenses is a difficult feat. However, here we celebrate those fighters who enjoyed a dominant reign in their division.Record: 12-2The Nigerian Kamaru Usman defended his Welterweight Championship an impressive five times from 2019 to 2022. This was ended by the Englishman Leon Edwards who has gone on to defend his belt once, in a rematch against Usman.Nationality: American/NigerianDivision: Bantamweight, Featherweight

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=10. Tito Ortiz – 5 Defenses

Tito Ortiz

Division: WelterweightDivision: WelterweightDivision: WelterweightDivision: WelterweightDivision: WelterweightUFC Belts: UFC Welterweight Championship (once, five defenses)Division: Bantamweight, FlyweightUFC Belts: UFC Featherweight Championship (once, four defenses)The longest consecutive streak and joint most defenses ever belong to Demetrious Johnson. He was the first-ever winner of a Flyweight title in 2012 and would defend his title until 2018, after 2,142 days. He was untouchable during that streak and helped give respect to the UFC’s lightest division.

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FAQs

Who has the most title defense in UFC history?

Division: Middleweight, Light Heavyweight

How many title defenses does Jon Jones have?

Nationality: American

How many title defenses does Usman have?

Birthday: October 13, 1973

Has there ever been 3 title fights in UFC?

Nationality: Polish

Who has the most Heavyweight title defenses in UFC history?

UFC Belts: UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship (twice, five defenses), UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship (once, two defenses)

Who has the most Lightweight title defenses in UFC history?

The Lightweight division has historically been the most closely contested division in UFC history. In total four men have three defenses, and they were all consecutive win streaks. Those men are B.J. Penn, Frankie Edgar, Benson Henderson, and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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