The UFC is the premier MMA organization in the world and whoever holds a UFC title in a given weight class, is widely regarded as the best in the world in that division. Simply put, the UFC is the pinnacle of the sport.

Winning a UFC title is a colossal accomplishment. Being able to defend that UFC title is even more impressive. There have been many great champions in UFC history, but these are the best of the best in every division.

 

Women’s Bantamweight – Ronda Rousey

Before Rousey, there was no UFC women’s division and it didn’t seem like one was on the horizon. But when UFC parent company Zuffa bought out rival promotion Strikeforce, Dana White and company saw the potential in a women’s division with Rousey as the champion. Rousey is the only women’s bantamweight champion in UFC history and she has defended her title four times in the last two years.

 

Flyweight – Demetrious Johnson

On September 22, 2012, at UFC 152, Johnson defeated Joseph Benavidez to become the inaugural UFC flyweight champion. Since that split decision victory, Johnson has become one of the most dominant champions in the UFC, defending his title an incredible five times over the last two years.

 

Bantamweight – Dominick Cruz

This was a tough one as Cruz’s UFC title reign was marred and ended by a string of injuries, but make no mistake, Cruz is the greatest bantamweight in UFC history. Prior to being promoted to UFC champion, Cruz dominated the WEC’s bantamweight division. The way he looked in his return fight makes us think it’s only a matter of time until his return to the top.

 

Featherweight – Jose Aldo

Like Cruz, Aldo was promoted to UFC featherweight champion when the WEC was integrated into the UFC. Aldo is the only featherweight champion in UFC history and he has defended his title an amazing seven consecutive times. Aldo’s last performance against Chad Mendes was incredible and it was that performance has many believing that Aldo is the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.

 

Lightweight – BJ Penn

The UFC lightweight division is one of the most competitive divisions in all of MMA and the man who ruled the division, like no one else, was Penn. Say what you will about Penn’s trued dedication to the sport, at the end of the day, he was one of the greatest fighters of all time and hands down the greatest lightweight the sport has ever seen.

 

Welterweight – Georges St. Pierre

The UFC’s welterweight division has been littered with legendary champions like Penn, Pat Miletich and Matt Hughes. But none were greater than St. Pierre. St. Pierre defended the UFC welterweight title in nine consecutive bouts before stepping away from the sport. In a division loaded with elite talent, St. Pierre was the best.

 

Middleweight – Anderson Silva

There have been six different champions in the UFC middleweight division including Anderson Silva; collectively all five other champions have held the title 1,000 days less than Silva did. Silva holds many UFC records, but the most impressive one has to be his record of 10 consecutive title defenses. On 10 occasions, Silva put his title on the line and won.

 

Light Heavyweight – Jon Jones

The UFC light heavyweight division has always been the premier division in MMA and as a general rule, the UFC light heavyweight champion is viewed as the baddest man on the planet. Greats like Frank Shamrock, Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell all held the title, but none of them can hold a candle to what current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is doing. Since becoming the youngest champion in UFC history, Jones has defended his title an astonishing seven times against a who’s who of MMA elite.

 

Heavyweight – Randy Couture

The heavyweight division is arguably the weakest division in all of MMA, but there have been many great heavyweights over the course of UFC history; in fact there have been 17 different heavyweight title reigns. What’s even more impressive is the fact that no UFC heavyweight champion has ever defended their title more than two times in a row. But there is one name that stands out from the rest…Randy Couture. Couture won the title on three separate occasions and defended the title on three occasions. Couture is easily the greatest UFC heavyweight champion at this point.

About The Author

RJ Gardner
Content Coordinator

RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.