The comprehensive list of minor MMA champions

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An up to date list of current title holders from the MMA world's smaller promotions; from super heavyweight, all the way down to atomweight. - Updated April 23, 2014

The world of MMA is a fluid, ever changing place. Yesterday's prospect is tomorrow's champion, and yesterday's champion is tomorrow's prospect. Of course keeping track of it all is a near impossibility for the casual fan, but that's why I'm here. To give you a leg up, the next time someone asks you who the Pancrase bantamweight champion is, or who owns the M-1 middleweight strap.

So enjoy! Much like the UFC rosters, this list will be updated as often as there is info to update. And because there's no good criteria for what makes an MMA promotion suitably notable to be on this list, it will include whatever I think makes sense. UFC fighters who have belts in promotions outside the UFC will not be listed here because those belts are often vacated, or the titles stripped. And UFC champions will not be listed here, because there is a whole section already devoted to UFC fighters and its champions. All fighters are listed alphabetically by promotion. Interim title holders will be listed under their non-interim counterparts, and champions in non standard weight classes will be listed on their own. Titles that have never been awarded will not be listed, however vacated titles will, along with the approximate date they were vacated.

Men's Titles:

Heavyweights (265 lb, 120 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Bellator Russian Vitaly Minakov 14–0 November 15, 2013 1
CWFC N/A Vacant N/A March 29, 2013 N/A
DEEP Japanese Ken Hasegawa
Megaton: Over 205 lb, 93 kg
8–0–1 February 16, 2013 2
Jungle Fight Brazilian William Baldutti 5–2 November 2, 2013 0
KSW Polish Karol Bedorf 10–2 September 28, 2013 0
Legacy FC N/A Vacant N/A June 21, 2013 N/A
M-1 Polish Damian Grabowski 19–1 November 30, 2013 0
MFC N/A Vacant N/A April 2, 2014 N/A
PXC Marianian Kelvin Fitial 12–7–2 (1 NC) June 11, 2011 0
Pancrase N/A Vacant N/A January 2008 N/A
UCMMA British Darren Towler 9–8 September 17, 2011 1
UCMMA British Neil Grove
Interim Heavyweight Champion
12–7–1 December 1, 2012 0
URCC Ukranian Igor Subora
Openweight: Over 206 lb, 93 kg
5–1 November 5, 2011 1

Cruiserweights (230 lb, 105 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Shooto Brazil N/A Vacant
Heavyweight: 220 lb, 100 kg
N/A February 21, 2012 N/A

Light Heavyweights (205 lb, 93 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Bellator American Emanuel Newton 23–7–1 March 21, 2014 0
BAMMA Dutch Jason Jones 20–10 September 14, 2013 0
CWFC N/A Vacant N/A June 24, 2006 N/A
DEEP Japanese Yoshiyuki Nakanishi 12–3 (1 NC) April 17, 2010 2
Jungle Fight Brazilian Kleber Raimundo Silva 11–5 January 21, 2012 1
KSW N/A Vacant N/A Jan 31, 2014 N/A
Legacy FC American Myron Dennis 10–2 March 21, 2014 0
M-1 German Stephan Puetz 10–1 March 14, 2014 0
MFC N/A Vacant N/A November 29, 2011 N/A
Pancrase N/A Vacant N/A May 2011 N/A
Shooto Brazil Brazilian Carlos Eduardo
Cruiserweight: 201 lb, 91 kg
11–2 April 26, 2012 1
UCMMA English Carl Kinslow 4–5–1 October 5, 2013 0
URCC American Pete Brooks
Cruiserweight: 199 lb, 90 kg
5–0 November 5, 2011 0

Middleweights (185 lb, 84 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Bellator Russian Alexander Shlemenko 47–7 February 7, 2013 2
BAMMA English Scott Askham 11–0 September 14, 2013 0
CWFC N/A Vacant N/A June 7, 2013 N/A
DEEP Japanese Kazuhiro Nakamura 20–11 February 16, 2013 1
Jungle Fight N/A Vacant N/A January 8, 2013 N/A
KSW Polish Michal Materla 20–4 May 12, 2012 3
Legacy FC American Bubba Bush 6–2 July 19, 2013 0
M-1 Azerbaijani Ramazan Emeev 11–2 November 15, 2012 1
MFC American Sam Alvey 21–5 (1 NC) October 4, 2013 0
Pancrase Japanese Ryo Kawamura 16–8–4 January 28, 2012 1
ROAD FC Korean Eun Soo Lee 16–4 (1 NC) November 24, 2012 0
Shooto N/A Vacant N/A September 30, 2011 N/A
Shooto Brazil Brazilian Ismael de Jesus
Light Heavyweight: 183 lb, 83 kg
9–4–1 June 29, 2012 1
UCMMA Czech Karlos Vemola 13–4 August 3, 2013 0
URCC Aussie Nicholas Mann
Light Heavyweight: 189 lb, 85 kg
4–2 November 5, 2011 0

Jr. Middleweights (180 lb, 81.5 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
URCC Brazilian Rodrigo Praxedes
Middleweight: 179 lb, 81 kg
2–1 December 1, 2012 0

Welterweights (170 lb, 77 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Bellator Brazilian Douglas Lima 26–5 April 18, 2014 0
BAMMA American Eddy Ellis 19–15–1 (1 NC) September 14, 2013 0
CWFC Danish Nicolas Dalby 12–0 March 22, 2014 0
DEEP N/A Vacant N/A October 20, 2013 N/A
Jungle Fight Brazilian Rodrigo de Lima 8–1–1 December 21, 2013 0
KSW Polish Aslambek Saidov 15–3 December 1, 2012 1
Legacy FC N/A Vacant N/A N/A N/A
M-1 N/A Vacant N/A December 13, 2013 N/A
MFC American Nathan Coy 13–4 May 4, 2012 0
ONE FC Japanese Nobutatsu Suzuki 11–1–2 March 14, 2014 0
Pancrase N/A Vacant N/A January 7, 2014 N/A
RFA N/A Vacant N/A January 12, 2014 N/A
Shooto N/A Vacant N/A October 31, 2013 N/A
Shooto Brazil N/A Vacant N/A October 31, 2013 N/A
UCMMA N/A Vacant N/A November 23, 2013 N/A
URCC Filipino Eduard Folayang
Welterweight: 169 lb, 76.5 kg
13–4 June 30, 2007 1 (?)
WSOF Brazilian Rousimar Palhares 22–6 March 29, 2014 0

Lightweights (155 lb, 70 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Bellator American Eddie Alvarez 25–3 November 12, 2013 0
BAMMA French Mansour Barnaoui 11–2 September 14, 2013 1
CWFC Slovak Ivan Buchinger 25–4 December 31, 2013 0
DEEP Japanese Satoru Kitaoka 32–13–9 April 26, 2013 0
Jungle Fight Brazilian Tiago dos Santos 18–4–2 (1 NC) October 12, 2013 1
KSW Polish Maciej Jewtuszko 10–2 December 1, 2012 0
Legacy FC American Carlos Ferreira 9–0 November 13, 2013 0
M-1 Russian Musa Khamanaev 14–3 June 21, 2012 2
MFC N/A Vacant N/A November 28, 2013 N/A
ONE FC Japanese Shinya Aoki 35–6 (1 NC) April 5, 2013 0
PXC N/A Vacant N/A December, 2013 N/A
Pancrase Japanese Isao Kobayashi 14–1–4 April 1, 2012 1
ROAD FC N/A Vacant N/A December 14, 2013 N/A
Shooto Japanese Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Welterweight: 154 lb, 70 kg
22–8 July 18, 2011 2
Shooto Brazil Brazilian Ronys Torres
Welterweight: 154 lb, 70 kg
28–5 June 23, 2013 0
UCMMA English Charlie Leary 7–5–1 October 5, 2013 0
URCC Filipino Honorio Banario
Lightweight: 159 lb, 72 kg
8–3 April 2, 2011 0 (?)
WSOF American Justin Gaethje 11–0 January 18, 2014 0

Featherweights (145 lb, 66 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Bellator American Pat Curran 20–5 March 14, 2014 0
BAMMA British Mark Adams 6–0 May 15, 2010 0
CWFC N/A Vacant N/A February 25, 2013 N/A
DEEP Japanese Kazunori Yokota 19–5–3 February 18, 2012 1
Jungle Fight Brazilian Alexandre Capitao 16–5 December 7, 2013 0
Legacy FC American Leonard Garcia 18–11–1 December 6, 2013 N/A
M-1 Ukranian Marat Gafurov 8–0 November 15, 2012 2
ONE FC Japanese Koji Oishi 25–9–10 May 31, 2013 1
PXC Korean Jang Yong Kim 8–5–1 September 14, 2013 1
Pancrase Japanese Takumi Nakayama 18–14–6 (1 NC) August 9, 2012 1
RFA American Brian Ortega 8–0 January 24, 2014 0
ROAD FC Korean Mu-Gyeom Choi 5–3 February 9, 2013 0
Shooto N/A Vacant
Lightweight: 143 lb, 65 kg
N/A May 31, 2011 N/A
Shooto Brazil Brazilian Raoni Barcelos
Lightweight: 143 lb, 65 kg
7–0 September 21, 2012 0
UCMMA British Ashleigh Grimshaw 15–8–1 (1 NC) May 26, 2012 1
URCC Filipino Reydon Romero
Featherweight: 149 lb, 67.5 kg
7–4 November 30, 2013 0
WSOF Armenian Georgi Karakhanyan 23–3–1 December 7, 2013 0

Bantamweights (135 lb, 61 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Bellator Brazilian Eduardo Dantas 16–3 April 13, 2012 2
CWFC N/A Vacant N/A April 11, 2014 N/A
DEEP Japanese Daiki Hata 16–9–7 April 26, 2012 0
Jungle Fight Brazilian Mario Israel 9–0 August 24, 2013 0
Legacy FC N/A Vacant N/A April 15, 2014 N/A
MFC American Anthony Birchak 11–1 October 4, 2013 0
ONE FC Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes 15–3 October 18, 2013 0
PXC N/A Vacant N/A February 3, 2014 N/A
Pancrase Japanese Shintaro Ishiwatari 17–5–4 December 3, 2011 2
RFA N/A Vacant N/A February 9, 2014 N/A
ROAD FC N/A Vacant N/A July 27, 2012 N/A
Shooto N/A Vacant N/A September 13, 2013 N/A
Shooto Brazil Brazilian Zeilton Rodrigues
Featherweight: 132 lb, 60 kg
12–3 April 26, 2012 2
UCMMA N/A Vacant N/A Jan 10, 2012 N/A
URCC Filipino Jessie Rafols
Bantamweight: 139 lb, 63 kg
8–4 April 2, 2011 1

Flyweights (125 lb, 57 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
CWFC N/A Vacant N/A February 20, 2014 N/A
DEEP Japanese Tatsumitsu Wada 11–7–2 (1 NC) August 25, 2013 0
Jungle Fight Brazilian Rayner Silva 5–1 June 1, 2013 2
Jungle Fight Brazilian Robson Souza dos Santos
Interim Flyweight Champion
5–0 April 6, 2013 0
Legacy FC N/A Vacant N/A December 18, 2013 N/A
PXC N/A Vacant N/A December 25, 2013 N/A
Pancrase Japanese Kiyotaka Shimizu
Super Flyweight: 125 lb, 57 kg
13–9–3 February 7, 2010 5
RFA American Matt Manzanares 7–2 April 11, 2014 0
Shooto Japanese Ryuchi Miki
Bantamweight: 123 lb, 56 kg
16–6–4 November 9, 2013 0
Shooto Brazil Brazilian Adriano Moraes
Bantamweight: 123 lb, 56 kg
9–1 June 23, 2013 0
UCMMA British Giorgio Andrews 9–0 August 18, 2012 0
URCC Filipino Kevin Belingon
Flyweight: 129 lb, 58.5 kg
12–3 June 30, 2007 3 (?)

Jr. Flyweights (120 lb, 54 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Pancrase Japanese Mitsuhisa Sunabe
Flyweight: 120 lb, 54 kg
20–7–4 December 3, 2011 2
URCC Filipino Rey Docyogen
Pinweight: 119 lb, 54 kg
10–2 May 20, 2006 5 (?)

Strawweights (115 lb, 52 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Shooto Japanese Shinya Murofushi
Flyweight: 115 lb, 52 kg
10–3–1 January 13, 2014 0
Shooto Brazil Brazilian Gilberto Dias
Flyweight: 115 lb, 52 kg
11–2–1 July 12, 2013 0


Women's Titles:

Featherweights (145 lb, 66 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Invicta FC Brazilian Cristiane Justino 12–1 (1 NC) July 13, 2013 0
DEEP American Amanda Lucas
Openweight: Over 135 lb, 61 kg
5–1 February 18, 2012 0

Bantamweights (135 lb, 61 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Invicta FC American Lauren Murphy 8–0 December 7, 2013 0
Jungle Fight Brazilian Larissa Pacheco 10–0 December 21, 2013 1
Legacy FC American Holly Holm 7–0 April 4, 2014 0
Pancrase Japanese Rin Nakai 15–0–1 December 1, 2012 0

Flyweights (125 lb, 57 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Invicta FC American Barb Honchak 9–2 April 5, 2013 1
KSW Polish Karolina Kowalkiewicz 4–0 June 8, 2013 0

Strawweights (115 lb, 52 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Invicta FC N/A Vacant N/A December 11, 2013 N/A
Jewels Japanese Ayaka Hamasaki
Lightweight: 115 lb, 52 kg
9–1 December 17, 2010 3
WSOF American Jessica Aguilar 17–4 January 18, 2014 0

Atomweights (105 lb, 48 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
DEEP N/A Vacant
Lightweight: 105 lb, 48 kg
N/A April 17, 2010 N/A
Invicta FC American Michelle Waterson 11–3 April 5, 2013 0
Jewels Korean Seo Hee Ham
Featherweight: 105 lb, 48 kg
12–5 May 25, 2013 1

Jr. Atomweights (100 lb, 45 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
DEEP N/A Vacant
Lightweight: 105 lb, 48 kg
N/A N/A N/A


Absentee Belt Holders:

The following fighters, under UFC contract, are the last recorded title holders for currently vacated belts.

Titleholders in the UFC

Fighter Promotion Weight Class
Josh Barnett Pancrase Openweight
Derrick Lewis Legacy FC Heavyweight
Anthony Hamilton MFC Heavyweight
Glover Teixeira Shooto Brazil Cruiserweight
Michael Bisping CWFC Light Heavyweight
Jan Blachowicz KSW Light Heavyweight
Ryan Jimmo MFC Light Heavyweight
Ildemar Alcantara Jungle Fight Middleweight
Siyar Bahadurzada Shooto Middleweight
Rashid Magomedov M-1 Global Welterweight
Takenori Sato Pancrase Welterweight
Mike Rhodes RFA Welterweight
Hernani Perpetuo Shooto Welterweight
Hernani Perpetuo Shooto Brazil Welterweight
Yui Chul Nam ROAD FC Lightweight
Jim Alers CWFC Featherweight
Hatsu Hioki Shooto Featherweight
Matt Hobar Legacy FC Bantamweight
Michinori Tanaka PXC Bantamweight
Pedro Munhoz RFA Bantamweight
Kyung Ho Kang Road FC Bantamweight
Kyoji Horiguchi Shooto Bantamweight
Neil Seery CWFC Flyweight
Will Campuzano Legacy FC Flyweight
Louis Smolka PXC Flyweight
Carla Esparza Invicta FC Strawweight

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