UFC Signs On With FOX Sports for 7-Year Deal: Current and Longest Reigning UFC Champion from Every Weight Division
The UFC has officially arrived. That’s not to say the MMA organization hasn’t grown wildly popular over the past decade, but now it has cemented a place on network television for the next seven years.
The UFC and FOX Sports have inked a seven-year deal that will televise UFC events on FOX’s main network channel, as well as FX and Fuel TV. See the press conference here.
According to Bleacher Report,
“The deal plans to bring four major events to the main FOX network, as well as 32 live fights and two runs of “The Ultimate Fighter” a year to the FX network. Plans also include to bring pre- and post-fight coverage, as well as other UFC programming, to Fuel TV.
One of the biggest changes, however, is to the format of the promotion’s reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter”.
“‘The Ultimate Fighter’ will be live on FX,” says White, with plans to rebrand the show as “The Ultimate Fighter Live”.”
Now a lot of fans are in the know on UFC champion history, but now that the UFC is hitting the mainstream airwaves, here’s a primer for the muggles: the current and longest reigning champions from all seven weight divisions.
Heavyweight (206 – 265 lbs.)
Current: Cain Velasquez – 300 days +
Longest: Brock Lesnar – 707 days
Light Heavyweight (186 – 205 lbs.)
Current: Jon Jones – 150 days +
Longest: Tito Ortiz – 1,260 days
Middleweight (171 – 185 lbs.)
Current: Anderson Silva – 1,750 days +
Longest: Anderson Silva – 1,750 days +
Welterweight (156 – 170 lbs.)
Current: Georges St. Pierre – 1,200 days +
Longest: Georges St. Pierre – 1,200 days +
Lightweight (146 – 155 lbs.)
Current: Frankie Edgar – 500 days +
Longest: B.J. Penn – 812 days
Featherweight (136 – 145 lbs.)
Current: Jose Aldo – 250 days +
Longest: Jose Aldo – 250 days +
Bantamweight (126-135 lbs.)
Current: Dominick Cruz – 250 days +
Longest: Dominick Cruz – 250 days +
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Here’s a list of the greatest heavyweight champions in UFC history, based on length of time as title holder (in days).
And when you’re done with that, take a look at the UFC Hall of Fame.
|1.||Randy Couture||USA||1,200+||Three time Champion: UFC Japan, UFC 28, UFC 68|
|2.||Brock Lesnar||USA||707||UFC 91|
|3.||Tim Sylvia||USA||551||Two-time Champion: UFC 41, UFC 59|
|4.||Frank Mir||USA||419||UFC 48|
|5.||Kevin Randleman||USA||364||UFC 23|
|6.||Andrei Arlovski||BLR||246+||UFC 51 for Interim, Promoted Later to Official|
|7.||Cain Velasquez||USA||230+||UFC 121, Current UFC Heavyweight Champion|
|8.||Mark Coleman||USA||170||UFC 12, First UFC Heavyweight Champion|
|9.||Ricco Rodriguez||USA||154||UFC 39|
|10.||Maurice Smith||USA||147||UFC 14|
|12.||Bas Rutten||NED||30+||UFC 20, Forfeited Title Due to Injury|
|11.||Josh Barnett||USA||N/A||UFC 36, Stripped of Title Due to Positive Steroids Test|
|13.||Shane Carwin||USA||N/A||Interim Title Only|
|14.||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira||BRA||N/A||Interim Title Only|
The UFC Hall of Fame contains seven fighters and one honorary member.
Here they are:
|1.||Mark Coleman||The Hammer||Heavyweight / Light Heavyweight||16||10||0||UFC 12, First UFC Heavyweight Champion|
|2.||Randy Couture||The Natural||Heavyweight / Light Heavyweight||18||10||0||Three time Champion: UFC Japan, UFC 28, UFC 68|
|3.||Royce Gracie||No Weight Class / Welterweight / Middleweight||13||12||2||UFC 1 Winner, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Specialty, Most submission wins in UFC history (11)|
|4.||Matt Hughes||No Weight Class / Welterweight / Lightweight||45||7||0||Nine-time Welterweight Champion|
|5.||Chuck Lidell||The Iceman||Light Heavyweight / Middleweight||21||8||0||Light Heavyweight Champion for 770 Days (2nd Most)|
|6.||Dan Severn||The Beast||Heavyweight||70||13||7||First Top Wrestler to Join UFC|
|7.||Ken Shamrock||The World’s Most Dangerous Man||Heavyweight / Light Heavyweight||26||11||2||First UFC Superfight Champion|
|8.||Charles Lewis||Mask||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Fan, Supporter, TapouT Founder|