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Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes Meet in Battle Over 19 Lineal Titles

Hello there lineal title fans! This Saturday is another UFC PPV and it's not short on lineal title action. Jose Aldo has been the Lineal King of the Featherweight division for 5 years and 8 defenses, a reign only Fedor, Tara LaRosa, and GSP have bested in their respective weight classes. Since Aldo and Mendes last fought in 2012, Aldo has defended his titles 3 times and added 7 lineal titles to a collection which now totals 18 belts, good for 6th place on the Lineal Title Leaderboard. For his part, Mendes has gone 5-0 since their last meeting and captured the lineal Cage Fury Fighting title from Darren Elkins. Whomever wins this rematch will boast 19 lineal titles and 42% unification of all belts in the Featherweight division.

Before we dive into the details, here's a quick reminder of the rules that I follow when tracing these lineages:

Rules:

1. All titles trace back to the given promotion's inaugural championship, unless specifically noted

2. Only bouts contested within the weight class for which the belt was created are counted in the lineage. (See Rule 3 for exceptions)

3. WMMA belts will be allowed to "migrate" to different weight classes due to more frequent weight class changes by female fighters

4. If a title dead ends due to change of weight class or retirement, the next title issued by the promotion will be considered. I will refer to each issued title as an "iteration" of the belt (1st iteration, 2nd iterations, etc.)

5. No Contest rulings will always be respected (i.e. Diaz vs Gomi: Diaz tested positive for marijuana, so the fight does not effect the lineage)

6. TUF fights are exhibitions and will generally not count in the lineage of a title. TUF 20 for the Strawweight title may be an exception if it comes into play

Lineal Titles of Jose Aldo:

1. Shooto

Lineal History: Kenichi Tanaka (1990) → Hiroyuki Kanno → Kazuhiro Sakamoto → Noboru Asahi → Alexandre Nogueira → Tetsuo Katsuta → Alexandre Nogueira → Hiroyuki Abe → Alexandre Nogueira → Jose Aldo

  • Lineage ignores Asahi's loss to Royler Gracie in VTJ at an Open weight. Also, Nogueira moved up to 154 lbs to compete in K-1 Hero's before dropping back down and losing to Jose Aldo in the WEC at FW

2. King of the Cage

Lineal History: David Velasquez (2000) → Charlie ValenciaUrijah Faber → Mike Thomas Brown → Jose Aldo

  • Referred to as Bantamweight, but the limit is 145 lbs

3. Gladiator Challenge

Lineal History: David Velasquez (2002) → Urijah Faber→ Tyson GriffinBart PalaszewskiHatsu HiokiRicardo LamasJose Aldo

  • Referred to as BW, but limit is 145. Tyson Griffin beat Faber for this title and then moved up to LW for most of his UFC run. He moved back down to FW for his last 2 UFC bouts and lost the belt to Bart Palszewski. It was technically a 148 lb catchweight, but was intended as a FW fight so I chose to allow it

4. IFC

Lineal History: Jens Pulver (2003) → Urijah Faber → Mike Thomas Brown → Jose Aldo

  • Traces back to inaugural champion Jens Pulver from 2003 and ignores Pulver's losses at 155 until he returns to FW in the WEC

5. TKO

Lineal History: Stephane Vigneault (2004) → Mark Hominick → Hatsu Hioki → Antonio CarvalhoHiroyuki TakayaLeonard Garcia → Mike Thomas Brown → Jose Aldo

  • Traces back to inaugural TKO Featherweight title. Fabiano held the UCC title from TKO 1 in 2000, but that was contested at 155

6. Shooto Americas

Lineal History: Jeff Curran (2005) → Hatsu Hioki → Antonio Carvalho → Hiroyuki Takaya → Leonard Garcia → Mike Thomas Brown → Jose Aldo

  • The early Americas titles were awarded at various other promotion's events. This one traces back to inaugural title won by Jeff Curran in 2005 at an Ironheart Crown event

7. Deep

Lineal History: Masakazu Imanari (2005) → Fredson PaixaoWagnney FabianoMackens SemerzierDeividas TauroseviciusL.C. DavisJosh GrispiDustin Poirier → Korean Zombie → Jose Aldo

8. Icon Sport

Lineal History: Ed Newalu (2005) → Brandon Visher → Tyler TonerDiego NunesKenny FlorianJose Aldo

9. WEC

Lineal History: Urijah Faber (2006) → Mike Thomas Brown → Jose Aldo

  • 2nd iteration, 1st champ was Cole Escovedo in 2002, but title dead ends where Melendez moves to LW

10. Pancrase

Lineal History: Yoshiro Maeda (2006)→ Joe Pearson → Urijah Faber→ Mike Thomas Brown → Jose Aldo

11. SportFight

Lineal History: Enoch Wilson (2006) → Urijah Faber → Mike Thomas Brown → Jose Aldo

12. IFL

Lineal History: Wagnney Fabiano (2007)→ Mackens Semerzier → Deividas Taurosevicius → L.C. Davis → Josh Grispi → Dustin Poirier → Korean Zombie → Jose Aldo

13. Shooto Pacific Rim

Lineal History: Akitoshi Tamura (2007) → Hideki Kadowaki → Takeshi Inoue → Hatsu Hioki → Ricardo Lamas → Jose Aldo

  • 2nd iteration, 1st was won by Sato in 2005, but the belt dead ends when Gilbert Melendez moves up to LW

14. Cage Force

Lineal History: Yuji Hoshino (2008) → Marlon Sandro → Hatsu Hioki → Ricardo Lamas → Jose Aldo

15. Ring of Combat

Lineal History: Anthony Morrison (2009) → Mike Thomas Brown → Manny Gamburyan → Jose Aldo

  • 2nd iteration. 1st version dead ends at Deividas Taurosevicius who may be retired

16. WVR - Sengoku

Lineal History: Masanori Kanehara (2009) → Marlon Sandro → Hatsu Hioki → Ricardo Lamas → Jose Aldo

17. UCMMA

Lineal History: David Lee (2010) → Jeff Lawson → Hatsu Hioki → Ricardo Lamas → Jose Aldo

  • 2nd iteration, 1st dead ends at Pickett due to change in weight

18. UFC

Lineal History: Jose Aldo (2011: Last WEC Champion)

Lineal Titles of Chad Mendes:

19. Cage Fury Fighting

Lineal History: Joey Gambino (2011) → Steven Siler → Darren Elkins → Chad Mendes

Lineal History Lesson (Featherweight Edition):

History of Featherweight Lineal Kings
Champion Titles % Unify
Jose Aldo 18 40% 2014
Jose Aldo 13 30% 2013
Jose Aldo 11 30% 2011
Jose Aldo 10 27% 2011
Jose Aldo 9 28% 2010
Jose Aldo 8 31% 2009
Mike Thomas Brown 7 33% 2008
Urijah Faber 5 24% 2008
Urijah Faber 4 22% 2007
Urijah Faber 3 17% 2007
Urijah Faber 2 15% 2006
Kenichi Tanaka Shooto - 1990 (Earliest Active)

NEW FEATURE! Featherweight Lineal Pie:

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Big Ten Titles of the Featherweight Division:

Criteria for Selection of Big Ten Titles
1 Significance of title to division when first installed
2 Significance of the inaugural champion crowned
3 Significance of lineal path title follows over time

Featherweight
1. Shooto - Kenichi Tanaka (1990)
6. Pancrase - Yoshiro Maeda (2006) Jose Aldo (60% Unification) Conor McGregor (20% Unification) Patricio Freire (20% Unification)
2. King of the Cage - David Velasquez (2000)
7. EliteXC - Wilson Reis (2008)
3. Ironheart Crown - Jeff Curran (2002)
8. Bellator MMA - Joe Soto (2009)
4. Deep - Masakazu Imanari (2005)
9. Dream - Bibiano Fernandes (2009)
5. WEC - Urijah Faber (2006)
10. UFC - Jose Aldo (2011)

Lineal Leaderboard:

# Name # of Titles Unify Big 10
1 Cain Velasquez 35 70% 100%
2 Georges St. Piere 30 57% 80%
3 Anthony Pettis 26 46% 60%
4 Chris Weidman 24 51% 70%
5 Jon Jones 22 51% 90%
6 Jose Aldo 18 40% 60%
7 Ronda Rousey 16 67% 90%
8 Donald Cerone 11 19% 40%
9 Mighty Mouse 8 33% 70%
9 Dominick Cruz 8 21% 40%
10 Patricio Freire 7 13% 20%
11 Bibiano Fernandes 6 18% 20%
11 Vitor Belfort 6 13% 20%
11 Jacare Souza 6 13% 10%
12 Cyborg Justino 5 100% -
12 Claudia Gadelha 5 36% -
12 Ben Askren 5 9% 20%
13 Marlon Moraes 4 13% 10%
13 Gegard Mousasi 4 10% 0%
13 Vitaly Minakov 4 8% 0%
13 Rick Glenn 4 9% 0%
14 Michelle Waterson 3 75% -
14 Conor McGregor 3 7% 20%
14 Kalindra Faria 3 21% -
14 Miesha Tate 3 13% 0%
14 Emanuel Newton 3 8% 0%
14 Alexander Gustafsson 3 8% 0%
14 Tyron Woodley 3 6% 0%
14 Khabib Nurmegomodov 3 5% 10%
15 Ten tied with two each 2 - -

Lineal Title Fights on the Horizon:

Upcoming Unification Bouts # Date
Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes 19 titles 25-Oct
Takayo Hashi vs Barb Honchak 2 titles 1-Nov
Kalindra Faria vs Jessica Aguilar 4 titles 15-Nov
Jon Fitch vs Rousimar Palhares 2 titles 13-Dec
Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier 23 titles 3-Jan
Chris Weidman vs Vitor Belfort 29 titles Feb
Emanuel Newton vs Liam McGeary 4 titles TBD
Dominick Cruz vs TJ Dillashaw 10 titles TBD
Other Titles on the Line # Date
Emanuel Newton vs Linton Vassell 3 titles 24-Oct
David Branch vs Yushin Okami 1 title 24-Oct
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs Beneil Dariush 1 title 25-Oct
Christos Giagos vs Gilbert Burns 1 title 25-Oct
Eduardo Diez vs Felipe Cuscianna 1 title 25-Oct
Xian Ji vs Yadong Song 1 title 31-Oct
Mike Ricci vs Yoshiyuki Yoshida 1 title 31-Oct
Viviane Pereira vs Fernanda Barros 1 title 1-Nov
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs Mizuki Inoue 1 title 1-Nov
Seo Hee Ham vs Saori Ishioka 1 title 3-Nov
Irshaad Sayed vs Abdul Hassan 1 title 6-Nov
Aljamain Sterling vs Frankie Saenz 1 title 7-Nov
Ian McCall vs John Lineker 1 title 8-Nov
Clint Hester vs Robert Whittaker 1 title 8-Nov
Thomas Almeida vs Tim Gorman 1 title 8-Nov
Dennis Bermudez vs Ricardo Lamas 1 title 15-Nov
Justin Gaethje vs Melvin Guillard 1 title 15-Nov
Josh Copeland vs Ruslan Megomedov 1 title 22-Nov
Dustin Ortiz vs Joseph Benavidez 1 title 22-Nov
Kohei Kuraoka vs Keisuke Fujiwara 1 title 23-Nov
Cyborg Justino vs TBD 5 titles 4-Dec
Anthony Pettis vs Gilbert Melendez 26 titles 6-Dec
Mamed Khabilov vs V. Vasilevsky 1 title 6-Dec
Robbie Lawler vs Johny Hendricks 2 titles 6-Dec
Holly Holm vs Raquel Pennington 1 title 6-Dec
Gota Yamashita vs Yuki Kondo 1 title 6-Dec
Rafael dos Anjos vs Nate Diaz 1 title 13-Dec
Matt Mitrione vs Gabriel Gonzaga 1 title 13-Dec
Stipe Miocic vs Junior Dos Santos 1 title 13-Dec
Anthony Birchak vs Ian Entwistle 1 title 13-Dec
Jussier Formiga vs John Moraga 2 titles 13-Dec
Claudia Gadelha vs Joanna Jędrzejczyk 5 titles 13-Dec
Hector Lombard vs Josh Burkman 1 title 3-Jan
Ronda Rousey vs Cat Zingano 16 titles 3-Jan
Alexander Gustafsson vs Rashad Evans 3 titles 24-Jan
Jordan Mein vs Thiago Alves 1 title 31-Jan
Vitaly Minakov vs Alexander Volkov 4 titles TBD
Sources
1 http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=titles&kategorie=5
2 http://www.sherdog.com/events
3 http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/mma.cfm?go=stats.home
4 http://www.tapology.com/search?term=
5 http://www.wikipedia.org/
6 http://www.mmalinker.com/wiki/

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