The comprehensive list of minor MMA champions

An up to date list of current title holders in the MMA world's smaller promotions; from super heavyweight, all the way down to atomweight. - Updated April 13, 2013

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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:

Super Heavyweights (over 265 lb, 120 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
KOTC American Tony Lopez 32–10 September 17, 2011 1
Pancrase American Josh Barnett
Openweight
32–6 August 31, 2003 2

Heavyweights (265 lb, 120 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Bellator Russian Alexander Volkov 19–3 December 14, 2012 0
CWFC N/A Vacant N/A March 29, 2013 N/A
DEEP Japanese Ken Hasegawa
Megaton: Over 205 lb, 93 kg
6–0 February 16, 2013 0
KOTC American Nick Rossborough
Heavyweight: 230–265 lb, 105–120 kg
21–16 April 11, 2013 0
Legacy FC American Derrick Lewis 9–2 (1 NC) August 17, 2012 1
M-1 American Kenny Garner 12–4 June 21, 2012 1
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 9–6 September 17, 2011 1
UCMMA British Neil Grove
Interim Heavyweight Champion
12–6–1 December 1, 2012 0
URCC Ukranian Igor Subora
Openweight: Over 206 lb, 93 kg
4–1 November 5, 2011 0

Cruiserweights (230 lb, 105 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
KOTC American Wes Combs 19–5 July 23, 2011 0
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 Slovak Atilla Vegh 29–4–2 February 28, 2013 0
CWFC N/A Vacant N/A June 24, 2006 N/A
DEEP Japanese Yoshiyuki Nakanishi 12–2 (1 NC) April 17, 2010 2
Jungle Fight Brazilian Kleber Raimundo Silva 11–4 January 21, 2012 1
KOTC South African Trevor Prangley 29–9–1 December 20, 2012 2
KSW Polish Jan Blachowicz 17–3 November 26, 2011 2
M-1 Russian Sergey Kornev 11–2 September 30, 2012 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
9–2 April 26, 2012 0
UCMMA British Linton Vassell 10–3 (1 NC) February 4, 2012 2
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 0
BAMMA N/A Vacant N/A July 5, 2012 N/A
CWFC American Jesse Taylor 26–9 December 31, 2012 1
DEEP Japanese Kazuhiro Nakamura 17–11 February 16, 2013 0
Jungle Fight N/A Vacant N/A January 8, 2013 N/A
KOTC American Sean Strickland 11–0 April 26, 2012 2
KSW Polish Michal Materla 18–3 May 12, 2012 1
Legend FC Chinese Wenbo Liu 8–5 August 24, 2012 0
M-1 Russian Ramazan Emeev 9–2 November 15, 2012 1
MFC Canadian Elvis Mutapcic 13–2 October 26, 2012 1
Pancrase Japanese Ryo Kawamura 15–7–4 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
8–3–1 June 29, 2012 1
SFL French Xavier Foupa-Pokam 25–18 March 29, 2013 0
UCMMA British Denniston Sutherland 19–9 April 6, 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 American Ben Askren 11–0 October 21, 2010 3
CWFC Irish Cathal Pendred 12–2–1 March 9, 2013 0
DEEP American Dan Hornbuckle 24–5 April 26, 2013 0
Jungle Fight Brazilian Elias Silveiro 7–0 May 4, 2013 0
KOTC American David Gomez 15–5 April 11, 2013 0
KSW Polish Aslambek Saidov 13–3 December 1, 2012 0
Legacy FC American Jeff Rexroad 6–1 September 14, 2012 0
Legend FC Chinese Jingliang Li 8–2 April 27, 2013 0
M-1 Russian Rashid Magomedov 15–1 March 16, 2012 1
MFC American Nathan Coy 12–4 May 4, 2012 0
Pancrase Japanese Takenori Sato 15–8–7 February 6, 2011 4
Shooto N/A Vacant N/A August 9, 2011 N/A
Shooto Brazil Brazilian Hernani Perpetuo
Middleweight: 168 lb, 76 kg
15–3 October 17, 2010 0
SFL Indian Shyam Prasad 3–0 December 14, 2012 0
UCMMA British Jake Bostwick 11–8 (1 NC) May 26, 2012 0
URCC Filipino Eduard Folayang
Welterweight: 169 lb, 76.5 kg
12–3 June 30, 2007 1 (?)

Jr. Welterweights (160 lb, 73 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
KOTC American Derek Campos 10–3 October 6, 2012 0

Lightweights (155 lb, 70 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Bellator American Michael Chandler 11–0 November 19, 2011 1
BAMMA British Rob Sinclair 12–2 February 13, 2010 3
CWFC N/A Vacant N/A February 12, 2013 N/A
DEEP Japanese Satoru Kitaoka 31–12–9 April 26, 2012 0
Jungle Fight Brazilian Lucio Curado 6–2 February 22, 2013 0
KOTC American Lowen Tynanes 4–0 April 13, 2013 0
KSW Polish Maciej Jewtuszko 10–2 December 1, 2012 0
Legacy FC American Jorge Patino 29–13–2 (1 NC) May 11, 2012 1
Legend FC Japanese Koji Ando 8–3–2 April 27, 2013 0
M-1 Russian Musa Khamanaev 13–3 June 21, 2012 1
MFC Canadian Graham Spencer 10–1 (1 NC) February 15, 2013 0
ONE FC Japanese Shinya Aoki 34–6 (1 NC) April 5, 2013 0
PXC American Harris Sarmiento 36–24 August 20, 2011 3
Pancrase Japanese Isao Kobayashi 13–1–4 April 1, 2012 1
ROAD FC Korean Yui Chul Nam 16–4–1 April 13, 2013 0
Shooto Japanese Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Welterweight: 154 lb, 70 kg
21–8 July 18, 2011 1
Shooto Brazil Brazilian Geraldo Ferro
Welterweight: 154 lb, 70 kg
5–0 July 14, 2012 0
SFL Indian Rajinder Singh Meena 6–0 December 14, 2012 0
UCMMA British Tim Radcliffe 12–4 February 5, 2011 1
URCC Filipino Honorio Banario
Lightweight: 159 lb, 72 kg
8–1 April 2, 2011 0 (?)

Featherweights (145 lb, 66 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Bellator American Pat Curran 19–4 March 9, 2012 2
BAMMA British Mark Adams 6–0 May 15, 2010 0
CWFC American Jim Alers 10–1 April 13, 2013 0
DEEP Japanese Kazunori Yokota 17–5–3 February 18, 2012 1
Jungle Fight Brazilian Edmilson Souza 13–3 April 26, 2013 0
KOTC American Donald Sanchez 28–13 March 17, 2012 3
Legacy FC N/A Vacant N/A January 10, 2012 N/A
Legend FC Japanese Yusuke Kawanago 13–3–1 March 30, 2012 1
M-1 Ukranian Marat Gafurov 7–0 November 15, 2012 0
ONE FC Filipino Honorio Banario 8–1 February 2, 2013 0
PXC N/A Vacant N/A March 28, 2013 N/A
Pancrase Japanese Takumi Nakayama 17–13–6 (1 NC) August 9, 2012 1
Shooto N/A Vacant
Lightweight: 143 lb, 65 kg
N/A May 31, 2011 N/A
Shooto Brazil N/A Vacant
Lightweight: 143 lb, 65 kg
N/A April 8, 2012 N/A
SFL Indian Bharat Khandare 3–1 December 14, 2012 0
UCMMA British Ashleigh Grimshaw 14–8–1 (1 NC) May 26, 2012 1
URCC Filipino Ricardo Sapno
Featherweight: 149 lb, 67.5 kg
6–1 February 18, 2012 1
URCC Filipino Will Chope
Interim Fetherweight Champion
16–5 April 27, 2013 0

Bantamweights (135 lb, 61 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Bellator Brazilian Eduardo Dantas 15–3 April 13, 2012 1
CWFC N/A Vacant N/A December 2011 N/A
DEEP Japanese Daiki Hata 16–9–7 April 26, 2012 0
Jungle Fight N/A Vacant N/A December 14, 2011 N/A
KOTC American Marvin Garcia 10–2 December 20, 2012 0
Legend FC Chinese Xian Ji 11–2 April 27, 2013 0
ONE FC Korean Soo Chul Kim 7–4 October 6, 2012 0
PXC Filipino Cristiano Pitpitunge 4–1 February 18, 2012 0
Pancrase Japanese Shintaro Ishiwatari 15–14–4 December 3, 2011 1
ROAD FC N/A Vacant N/A July 27, 2012 N/A
Shooto Japanese Kyoji Horiguchi
Featherweight: 132 lb, 60 kg
10–1 March 16, 2013 0
Shooto Brazil Brazilian Zeilton Rodrigues
Featherweight: 132 lb, 60 kg
10–3 April 26, 2012 0
SFL Indian Anup Kumar 4–1 December 14, 2012 0
UCMMA British Cory Tait 7–2 December 1, 2012 1
URCC Filipino Jessie Rafols
Bantamweight: 139 lb, 63 kg
7–3 April 2, 2011 1
URCC Filipino Dave Galera
Interim Bantamweight Champion
5–0 April 27, 2013 0

Flyweights (125 lb, 57 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
DEEP Japanese Yuki Motoya 7–3 July 22, 2012 1
Jungle Fight Brazilian Arinaldo da Silva 4–3 December 21, 2012 0
Jungle Fight Brazilian Robson Souza dos Santos
Interim Flyweight Champion
5–0 April 6, 2013 0
Legacy FC American Will Campuzano 12–4 December 14, 2012 1
PXC Filipino Ale Cali 5–1 February 18, 2012 1
Pancrase Japanese Kiyotaka Shimizu
Super Flyweight: 125 lb, 57 kg
14–7–3 February 7, 2010 5
Shooto N/A Vacant
Bantamweight: 123 lb, 56 kg
N/A December 10, 2011 N/A
Shooto Brazil N/A Vacant
Bantamweight: 123 lb, 56 kg
N/A July 14, 2012 N/A
UCMMA British Giorgio Andrews 9–0 August 18, 2012 0
URCC Filipino Kevin Belingon
Flyweight: 129 lb, 58.5 kg
11–2 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
17–7–4 December 3, 2011 1
URCC Filipino Rey Docyogen
Pinweight: 119 lb, 54 kg
10–1 May 20, 2006 5 (?)

Strawweights (115 lb, 52 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Shooto Japanese Mikihito Yamagami
Flyweight: 115 lb, 52 kg
8–2 November 5, 2011 1
Shooto Brazil N/A Vacant
Flyweight: 115 lb, 52 kg
N/A November 2011 N/A


Women's Titles:

Featherweights (145 lb, 66 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
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.
Pancrase Japanese Rin Nakai 13–0–1 December 1, 2012 0

Flyweights (125 lb, 57 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Invicta FC American Barb Honchak 8–2 April 5, 2013 0
KOTC American Brenda Gonzales 4–0 October 6, 2012 1
SFL American Colleen Schneider 4–4 March 29, 2013 0

Strawweights (115 lb, 52 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
Invicta FC American Carla Esparza 9–2 January 5, 2013 0
Jewels Japanese Ayaka Hamisaki
Lightweight: 115 lb, 52 kg
9–0 December 17, 2010 3

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 Japanese Naho Sugiyama
Featherweight: 105 lb, 48 kg
8–2 December 17, 2011 0

Jr. Atomweights (100 lb, 45 kg)

Promotion Nat. Fighter Record Date Defs.
DEEP Japanese Satoko Shinashi
Flyweight: 99 lb, 45 kg
29–2–2 February 22, 2008 1


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
Glover Teixeira Shooto Brazil Cruiserweight
Michael Bisping CWFC Light Heavyweight
Ryan Jimmo MFC Light Heavyweight
Tom Watson BAMMA Middleweight
Ildemar Alcantara Jungle Fight Middleweight
Siyar Bahadurzada Shooto Middleweight
Conor McGregor CWFC Lightweight
Daniel Pineda Legacy FC Featherweight
Hatsu Hioki Shooto Featherweight
Hacran Dias Shooto Brazil Featherweight
John Lineker Jungle Fight Bantamweight
Kyung Ho Kang Road FC Bantamweight
Jussier da Silva Shooto Brazil Flyweight

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