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The Lineal Titles of Anderson Silva errr...Chris Weidman

When Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva on Saturday night, he took more than Silva's UFC Middleweight title. On the line, along with the Spider's 16 fight UFC win streak was his 19 lineal titles. Here's a look at all the titles that Weidman snatched away with one big left hook:

As always, all of these lineal titles can be traced back to the original MW belt issued by each promotion.

Lineal Titles

1. UFC

Title History: Menne > Bustamante > Henderson > Misaki > Sonnen > Maia > Marquardt > Sonnen > Silva > Weidman

2. Deep

Title History: Sakurai > Bustamante > Henderson > Misaki > Sonnen > Maia > Marquardt > Sonnen > Silva > Weidman

3. Pancrase

Title History: Marquardt > Kunioku > Marquardt > Yamamiya > Machado > Leites > Kampmann > Marquardt > Sonnen > Silva > Weidman

4. King of the Cage

Title History: Lister > Marquardt > Silva > Weidman

5. MFC

Title History: Cote > Lutter > Silva > Weidman

6. Gladiator Challenge

Title History: Fanshier > Lee > Lister > Marquardt > Silva > Weidman

7. Cage Warrior

Title History: Ewin > Professor X > Ewin > Riccio > Mason > Semedo > Bandeira > Maia > Marquardt > Sonnen > Silva > Weidman

8. Cage Fury

Title History: Dan Miller > Sonnen > Silva > Weidman

9. Sport Fight

Title History: Leben > Silva > Weidman

10. Pride FC

Title History: Henderson > Misaki > Sonnen > Maia > Marquardt > Sonnen > Silva > Weidman

11. WEC

Title History: Leben > Doerksen > Riggs > Salaverry > Marquardt > Silva > Weidman

12. IFL

Title History: Horwich > McGivern > Radach > Horwich > McGivern > Dan Miller > Sonnen > Silva > Weidman

13. Cage Rage

Title History: Silva > Chonan > Baroni > Minowa > Bustamante > Henderson > Misaki > Sonnen > Maia > Marquardt > Sonnen > Silva > Weidman

14. Sengoku

Title History: Santiago > Khalidov > Santiago > Stann > Sonnen > Silva > Weidman

15. K-1 Hero's

Title History: Sexyama > Leben > Stann > Sonnen > Silva > Weidman

16. TKO

Title History: Ouimet > Jones > Loiseau > Rivera > Murray > Silva > Chonan > Baroni > Minowa > Bustamante > Henderson > Misaki > Sonnen > Maia > Marquardt > Sonnen > Silva > Weidman

17. Bodog

Title History: Prangley > Santiago > Khalidov > Santiago > Stann > Sonnen > Silva > Weidman

18. WFA

Title History: Andre > Vigneault > Cote > Doerksen > Lindland > Belfort > Silva > Weidman

19. PFC

Title History: Ento > Loughran > Credeur > Quarry > Rivera > Bisping > Sonnen > Silva > Weidman

Important Notes

  • UFC Lineage ignores Bustamante's losses at Light Heavyweight in Pride.
  • Deep lineage works a few different ways. The one I traced above sticks closer to my rules of only including fights in the correct weight class. However, you can also trace the original title through the Welterweight class and get to Chris Weidman through Silva.
  • KOTC title is actually the 2nd iteration and ignores LHW bouts of Dean Lister. The original title was never contested at MW again.
  • MFC title runs through Lutter to Silva even though Lutter failed to make weight. I do the same with Fihlo vs Sonnen because the fight was originally scheduled as a MW contest so I believe those are close enough to a MW fight to include in the lineage.
  • Cage Rage title is actually the 2nd iteration of the belt. The 1st title dead ends at a different weight class.
  • TKO title is actually the 2nd iteration of the belt. The 1st title dead ends at a different weight class.

Lineal Title Leaderboard

As you will see below, Weidman's best opportunities for further unification of Lineal MW belts would be with Belfort (5 titles) and Philippou (4 titles). Other MW's with lineal titles include: Wanderlei Silva, Ronny Markes, Francis Carmont and Gegard Mousasi.

# Name # of Titles Unify
1 Benson Henderson 27 79%
2 Cain Velasquez 24 76%
3 Chris Weidman 19 54%
4 George St. Piere 18 56%
5 Jon Jones 16 56%
6 Jose Aldo 7 28%
7 Johny Hendricks 6 19%
8 Mighty Mouse 5 56%
8 Dominick Cruz 5 24%
8 Vitor Belfort 5 14%
9 Marlon Moraes 4
9 Akira Corassani 4
9 Constantinos Philippou 4
9 Bibiano Fernandes 4
9 Gegard Moussasi 4
9 Pat Curran 4
10 Ricardo Lamas 3
Six fighters tied with 2 titles

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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