Hello lineal title fans! There are two weight classes I have yet to detail when it comes to lineal titles. The Flyweights, which will be the focus of today's post, and the Women's titles, which I will detail right before the Rousey -Tate rematch on the 28th.
Mighty Mouse just seems to keep getting better and the exciting thing about his division is that the UFC has been committed to adding to the roster. Recently, these additions have resulted in meaningful opportunities from a lineal title perspective. I'll start by detailing Mighty Mouse's 5 titles and then focus on the belts that could be on the horizon for the flyweight lineal king. Let's take a look!
A Mouse and His Titles:
As you can see above, Mighty Mouse currently holds the UFC, Shooto, KOTC, Tachi Palace, and Gladiator Challenge belts. This represents a 36% unification and puts him in the 8th spot on the Lineal Title Leaderboard.
Lineal History: Mamoru Yamaguchi > Jussier Formiga > Ian McCall > Mighty Mouse
4. Tachi Palace
5. Gladiator Challenge
Lineal History: Chino Nicolas > Ulysses Gomez > Darrell Montague > Ian McCall > Mighty Mouse
Other Lineal Titles Currently in the UFC:
7. Ring of Combat
8. Legacy FC
Lineal History: Humberto DeLeon > Jimmy Flick > Will Campuzano
Lineal History: Josh Sampo won the inaugural title in Jan 2013 with a win over Alexis Vila
Lineal Titles on the Horizon:
Lineal History: Mitsuhisa Sunabe won the inaugural Flyweight tournament in Nov 2011
11. Cage Warrior
Lineal History: Neil Seery won the inaugural title in Jun 2013 with a win over Mikael Silander
12. Cage Fury
Lineal History: Sean Santella won the inaugural title in Feb 2012 with a win over Bryan Lashomb
13. Jungle Fights
Lineal History: Arinaldo Batista da Silva > Rayner Silva
Lineal History: Louis Smolka won the inaugural title in Nov 2013 with a win over Ale Cali
- The Shooto belt is referred to as the Bantamweight title, but is contested at 125 lbs. It also ignores 2 losses by Kojima at 135 lbs
- The KOTC title is referred to as the Junior Flyweight title, but is contested at 125 lbs.
- The Gladiator Challenge belt is the second iteration because Shawn Ramage retired with the original belt.
- The Legacy FC title ignores Will Campuzano's recent loss at Bantamweight, which was ironically to Sergio Pettis who also holds the RFA lineal title if he chooses to return to that division.
Lineal Title Leaderboard:
Below, you can see that Mighty Mouse falls just below Ronda Rousey on the leaderboard. In the next week or so, I'll break down the WMMA titles!
|#||Name||# of Titles||Unify|
|3||George St. Piere||25||60%|
|Upcoming Unification Bouts||#||Date|
|Jose Aldo vs Ricardo Lamas||12 titles||1-Feb|
|Dominick Cruz vs Renan Barao||6 titles||1-Feb|
|Rafael dos Anjos vs Rustam Khabilov||3 titles||22-Feb|
|Jon Jones vs Glover Texiera||18 titles||15-Mar|
|Attila Vegh vs. Emanuel Newton||3 titles||TBD|
|Daniel Straus vs Patricio Freire||6 titles||TBD|
|Steve Carl vs Jon Fitch||2 titles||TBD|
|Other Titles on the Line||#||Date|
|Chris Weidman vs Anderson Silva||19 titles||28-Dec|
|Rhonda Rousey vs Meisha Tate||6 titles||28-Dec|
|Hyun Gyu Lim vs Tarec Saffiedine||1 title||4-Jan|
|Yoel Romero vs Derek Brunson||1 title||15-Jan|
|Stipe Miocic vs Gabriel Gonzaga||1 title||25-Jan|
|Gegard Mousasi vs Lyoto Machida||1 title||8-Feb|
|Francis Carmont vs Jacare Souza||5 titles||15-Feb|
|Jimi Manuwa vs Alexander Gustafson||1 title||8-Mar|
|Vitaly Minakov vs Cheick Kongo||2 titles||TBD|