UFC Middleweight - 2023

Last Modified May 21, 2023 10:03 GMT

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).

UFC 287: Pereira v Adesanya 2
UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya

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

Four in a row for @ilovebamf! 😤

He leaves our #UFCVegas73 co-main with a TKO over Edmen Shahbazyan
Date Fight MethodRoundResult
May 20, 2023Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Anthony HernandezKO/TKO3Anthony Hernandez def. Edmen Shahbazyan

UFC Middleweight Rankings 2023

RankFighterRecordMWin StreakResultLast fightNext fight
CIsrael Adesanya24–2 1 (0 def)WinUFC 287 - Alex PereiraTBD
1Alex Pereira7–2 0LossUFC 287 - Israel AdesanyaTBD
2Robert Whittaker24–6 1WinUFC Fight Night 209 - Marvin VettoriUFC 290 - Dricus du Plessis
3Marvin Vettori19–6–1 1WinUFC 286 - Roman DolidzeUFC on ESPN 46 -Jared Cannonier
4Jared Cannonier16–6 1WinUFC Fight Night 216 - Sean StricklandUFC on ESPN 46 - Marvin Vettori
5Paulo Costa14–2 1WinUFC 278 - Luke RockholdTBD
6Dricus du Plessis19–2 7WinUFC 285 - Derek BrunsonUFC 290 - Robert Whittaker
7Sean Strickland26–5 1WinUFC Fight Night 217 - Nassourdine ImavovUFC Fight Night 225 - Abusupiyan Magomedov
8Derek Brunson23–9 0LossUFC 285 - Dricus du PlessisTBD
9Roman Dolidze12–2 0LossUFC 286 - Marvin VettoriTBD
10Jack Hermansson23–8 0LossUFC on ESPN 42- Roman DolidzeUFC on ESPN 45- Brendan Allen
11Kelvin Gastelum17–8 (1 NC) 1WinUFC 287 - Chris CurtisTBD
12Nassourdine Imavov12–4 0LossUFC Fight Night 217 - Sean StricklandUFC 289 - Chris Curtis
13Brendan Allen21–5 4WinUFC Fight Night 220 - André MunizUFC on ESPN 45 - Jack Hermansson
14André Muniz23–5 0LossUFC Fight Night 220 - Brendan AllenTBD
15Chris Curtis30–10 0LossUFC 287 - Kelvin GastelumUFC 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


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


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

*Last Updated on May 21, 2023.


Who is the current UFC middleweight champion?

Israel Adesanya is the UFC middleweight champion. 

Who is the No.1 ranked fighter in UFC middleweight?

Alex Pereira is the No.1 ranked contender in the UFC middleweight division. 

What is the UFC middleweight division weight limit?

The UFC middleweight division weighs 171 to 185 lb (77.5 to 84 kg). 

How are UFC rankings calculated?

Select members of the MMA media vote on the official UFC rankings. Their voices are averaged, and the rankings are determined every week.