UFC Light Heavyweight

Last Modified Jul 14, 2024 15:18 GMT

The Light Heavyweight Division is a weight class in combat sports. The UFC Light Heavyweight Division limits between 186.1 lbs to 205 lbs (84 to 93 kg).


Current Light Heavyweight Champion


UFC 295: Prochazka v Pereira
UFC 295: Prochazka v Pereira


The current UFC Light Heavyweight champion is Alex Pereira. He won the title against former UFC light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka via a 2nd round TKO at UFC 295 on November 11, 2023.


Latest Results from UFC Light Heavyweight


Date FightMethodRound TimeResult
June 29, 2024Alex Pereira vs. Jiri Prochazka TKO (head kick and punches)20:13
Alex Pereira (c) def. Jiří Procházka
June 29, 2024Anthony Smith vs. Carlos UlbergDecision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)35:00
Roman Dolidze def. Anthony Smith




UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings 2024


RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext Fight
CAlex Pereira11–2 4
(2 def)
WinUFC 303 Jiří ProcházkaTBD
1Jiří Procházka30–5–1 0LossUFC 303 Alex PereiraTBD
2Magomed Ankalaev18–1–1
(1 NC)
1WinUFC Fight Night 234 Johnny WalkerTBD
3Jamahal Hill12–2
(1 NC)
0LossUFC 300 Alex PereiraTBD
4Jan Błachowicz29–10–1 0LossUFC 291 Alex PereiraTBD
5Aleksandar Rakić14–4 0LossUFC 300 Jiří ProcházkaTBD
6Nikita Krylov30–9 3WinUFC Fight Night 221 Ryan SpannTBD
7Volkan Oezdemir20–7 2WinUFC on ABC 6 Johnny WalkerTBD
8Khalil Rountree Jr.13–5
(1 NC)
5WinUFC Fight Night 233 Anthony SmithTBD
9Johnny Walker21–9
(1 NC)
0LossUFC on ABC 6 Volkan OezdemirTBD
10Carlos Ulberg10–116WinUFC on ESPN 56 Alonzo MenifieldTBD
11Anthony Smith38–20−10LossUFC 303 Roman DolidzeTBD
12Bogdan Guskov16–3 2WinUFC on ESPN 55 Ryan SpannTBD
13Dominick Reyes13–4 1WinUFC on ESPN 57 Dustin JacobyTBD
14Azamat Murzakanov13–0 13WinUFC on ESPN 44 Dustin Jacoby
UFC on ABC 7 Alonzo Menifield
15Alonzo Menifield15–4–1 0LossUFC on ESPN 56 Carlos Ulberg
UFC on ABC 7 Azamat Murzakanov

History of Light Heavyweight Class


The Light Heavyweight Title was known as the Middleweight Title before UFC 31 (May 4, 2001). In 2007, the Pride World Middleweight Championship was unified with the UFC Light Heavyweight Title when Quinton Jackson defeated Dan Henderson at UFC 75.


The UFC Light Heavyweight Title has been held by the likes of Frank Shamrock, Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort, Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, Forest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, and Mauricio Rua.


At UFC 128, Jon Jones won the Light Heavyweight Title for the first time in his career after defeating Mauricio Rua. Jones held the title for 1501 days and defended it eight times before being stripped of it due to a hit-and-run issue. Daniel Cormier won the vacant belt by beating Anthony Johnson at UFC 187.


Cormier, who became the second fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously and is the first to defend them in two divisions, vacated his Light Heavyweight Championship 174 days after winning the Heavyweight title. Jon Jones won the vacant belt for the second time in his career after defeating Alexander Gustafsson. He defended it against Anthony Smith, Thiago Santos, and Dominick Reyes before vacating it to move up to the Heavyweight division.


In his first title defense as UFC champion, Glover Teixeira lost to Jiri Prochazka via rear-naked choke at UFC 275, making Jiri Prochazka the incumbent light heavyweight champion.


Jamahal Hill was crowned as the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion after defeating Glover Teixeira at UFC 283. Hill is the first fighter in the UFC to become champion after appearing on the Dana White Contender Series.


On July 14th, Jamahal Hill shared a video on his YouTube channel stating that he would be vacating his Light Heavyweight title because of a severe Achilles tendon injury.


Jiri Prochazka and Alex Pereira squared off for the vacant light heavyweight title at the main event of UFC 295 at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2023. Pereira became a 2-division champion after defeating Prochazka via a TKO in the closing minutes of the 2nd round.


UFC Weight Divisions


Men

  1. Heavyweight
  2. Light Heavyweight
  3. Middleweight
  4. Welterweight
  5. Lightweight
  6. Featherweight
  7. Bantamweight
  8. Flyweight


Women

  1. Featherweight
  2. Bantamweight
  3. Flyweight
  4. Strawweight


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FAQ's On UFC light heavyweight

A. Alex 'Poatan' Pereira is the current UFC Light Heavyweight champion.

A. Jiri Prochazka is the No.1 contender in the UFC light heavyweight division.

A. The UFC light heavyweight division weighs 186.1 lbs to 205 lbs (84 to 93 kg).

A. Yes, Alex Pereira now competes in the light heavyweight division, where he is also the champion.

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