The Middleweight Division in Mixed Martial Arts refers to different weight classes. The UFC Middleweight Fighters are generally complete within 171 to 185 lb (77.5 to 84 kg).
Current Middleweight Champion
The current UFC Middleweight Champion is Israel Adesanya.
Israel Adesanya became the UFC middleweight champion by knocking out Alex Pereira at UFC 287 on April 8, 2023.
Latest Results from UFC Middleweight
|May 20, 2023||Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Anthony Hernandez||KO/TKO||3||Anthony Hernandez def. Edmen Shahbazyan|
UFC Middleweight Rankings 2023
|Rank||Fighter||Record||M||Win Streak||Result||Last fight||Next fight|
|C||Israel Adesanya||24–2||1 (0 def)||Win||UFC 287 - Alex Pereira||TBD|
|1||Alex Pereira||7–2||0||Loss||UFC 287 - Israel Adesanya||TBD|
|2||Robert Whittaker||24–6||1||Win||UFC Fight Night 209 - Marvin Vettori||UFC 290 - Dricus du Plessis|
|3||Marvin Vettori||19–6–1||1||Win||UFC 286 - Roman Dolidze||UFC on ESPN 46 -Jared Cannonier|
|4||Jared Cannonier||16–6||1||Win||UFC Fight Night 216 - Sean Strickland||UFC on ESPN 46 - Marvin Vettori|
|5||Paulo Costa||14–2||1||Win||UFC 278 - Luke Rockhold||TBD|
|6||Dricus du Plessis||19–2||7||Win||UFC 285 - Derek Brunson||UFC 290 - Robert Whittaker|
|7||Sean Strickland||26–5||1||Win||UFC Fight Night 217 - Nassourdine Imavov||UFC Fight Night 225 - Abusupiyan Magomedov|
|8||Derek Brunson||23–9||0||Loss||UFC 285 - Dricus du Plessis||TBD|
|9||Roman Dolidze||12–2||0||Loss||UFC 286 - Marvin Vettori||TBD|
|10||Jack Hermansson||23–8||0||Loss||UFC on ESPN 42- Roman Dolidze||UFC on ESPN 45- Brendan Allen|
|11||Kelvin Gastelum||17–8 (1 NC)||1||Win||UFC 287 - Chris Curtis||TBD|
|12||Nassourdine Imavov||12–4||0||Loss||UFC Fight Night 217 - Sean Strickland||UFC 289 - Chris Curtis|
|13||Brendan Allen||21–5||4||Win||UFC Fight Night 220 - André Muniz||UFC on ESPN 45 - Jack Hermansson|
|14||André Muniz||23–5||0||Loss||UFC Fight Night 220 - Brendan Allen||TBD|
|15||Chris Curtis||30–10||0||Loss||UFC 287 - Kelvin Gastelum||UFC 289 - Nassourdine Imavov|
History of the Middleweight Class
On March 1, 2008, the Pride World Welterweight Championship was unified with the UFC Middleweight Title on March 1, 2008, when Anderson Silva defeated Dan Henderson at UFC 82.
Dave Menne and Rich Franklin have held the Middleweight Title, and at UFC 64, Anderson Silva won the title. Silva defended his title against the likes of Nate Marquardt, Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, Patrick Cote, Thales Leites, Demian Maia, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, and Yushin Okami while holding onto the belt for a total of 2,457 days, a record for the longest title reign in UFC history. At UFC 162, Chris Weidman defeated Silva to win the Middleweight Title. Weidman's reign ended when Luke Rockhold beat him at UFC 194.
At UFC 199, Michael Bisping won the Middleweight Title and eventually lost it to the returning GSP at UFC 217. As GSP vacated the title due to complications with ulcerative colitis, on December 7, 2017, Robert Whittaker was promoted as the Middleweight Champion, having won the Interim Title at UFC 213.
At UFC 243, the interim Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya defeated Robert Whittaker to win the undisputed UFC Middleweight Championship.
The current champion, Adesanya, defended his title against Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa at UFC 248 and UFC 253, respectively.
UFC Weight Divisions
*Last Updated on May 21, 2023.