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- UFC Middleweight Division
- UFC Middleweight Champion
- UFC Middleweight Rankings
- How are UFC rankings calculated?
- UFC Weight Divisions
UFC Middleweight Division
The Middleweight Division in Mixed Martial Arts refers to different weight classes. The UFC Middleweight Fighters generally compete within 171 to 185 lb (77.5 to 84 kg).
UFC Middleweight Champion
The current UFC Middleweight Champion is Israel Adesanya. At UFC 243, Israel Adesanya knocks down Robert Whittaker by punches to claim the undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion.
UFC Middleweight Rankings 2021
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.
The Middleweight Title has been held by the likes of Dave Menne, Rich Franklin, 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 came to an end when he was beaten by Luke Rockhold 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 coltis, 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.
Current UFC Middleweight Champion: Israel Adesanya [20–1]
|Rank||Fighter||Win/Loss Record||Last Fight||Next Fight|
|Champion||Israel Adesanya||20-1||Lost to Jan Błachowicz||TBD|
|1||Robert Whittaker||22–5||Defeated Jared Cannonier||Kelvin Gastelum (UFC Vegas 24)|
|2||Paulo Costa||13–1||Lost to Israel Adesanya||TBD|
|3||Jared Cannonier||13–5||Lost to Robert Whittaker||TBD|
|4||Derek Brunson||22–7||Defeated Kevin Holland||TBD|
|5||Darren Till||18-3-1.||Lost to Robert Whittaker||TBD|
|6||Marvin Vettori||16-4-1.||Defeated Jack Hermansson||TBD|
|7||Jack Hermansson||21-6||Lost to Marvin Vettori||Edmen Shahbazyan (UFC 262)|
|8||Kelvin Gastelum||17-6, 1NC||Defeated Ian Heinisch||Robert Whittaker (UFC Vegas 24)|
|9||Uriah Hall||17-9||Defeated Anderson Silva||Chris Weidman (UFC 261)|
|10||Kevin Holland||21-5||Defeated Ronaldo Souza||Derek Brunson (UFC Vegas 22)|
|11||Chris Weidman||15-5||Defeated Omari Akhmedov||Uriah Hall (UFC 261)|
|12||Edmen Shahbazyan||11-1||Lost to Derek Brunson||Jack Hermansson (UFC 262)|
|13||Omari Akhmedov||21-5-1.||Defeated Tom Breese||Brad Tavares (UFC 264)|
|14||Brad Tavares||18-7||Defeated Antônio Carlos Júnior||Omari Akhmedov (UFC 264)|
|15||Sean Strickland||22-3||Defeated Brendan Allen||Krzysztof Jotko (UFC Fight Night 188)|
How are UFC rankings calculated?
The official UFC rankings are voted on by select members of the MMA media. Their votes are averaged and the rankings are determined on a weekly basis.
UFC Weight Divisions
- Light Heavyweight