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Bones Jones and Cowboy Cerrone put a Combined 31 Lineal Titles on the Line at UFC 182

Hello there lineal title fans! Given my present location beachside in Ko Phi Phi, Thailand, I trust you'll forgive the lack of bells and whistles common to my usual lineal title posts. As it stands I'm typing this on my iPhone, without the benefit of the holy grail of lineal title reference that is my master spreadsheet, but I've been able to make good use of cut and paste. I'm just a few days away from experiencing my first taste of live Muay Thai action in Thailand at the fabled Lumpinee stadium in Bankok! But, I couldn't leave you guys hanging on what should be some notable lineal title action.

In the main event, Jones will put 20 lineal titles up for grabs in his match with Cormier. Daniel is himself a lineal title holder at Heavyweight being the first and only XMMA champion in that weight class, but that belt is not on the line and may end up being retired if he decides to remain at LHW.

The co-main event adds intrigue to the lineal title picture at Lightweight as Cowboy Cerrone puts his 11 lineal titles up against Jury. Donald's belts are of particular interest in that he holds the 2 earliest active titles in the weight class (IVC and Shooto, 1999), which to some means that he's the one true lineal champion. To cloud the picture further, he already holds a loss at the hands of the other potential lineal King of the division Anthony Pettis (26 titles).

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 is an exception to this rule considering the stakes

Lineal Titles of Bones Jones:

1. UFC

Title Lineage: Tito Ortiz => Randy Couture => Vitor Belfort => Randy Couture => Chuck Liddell => Rampage Jackson => Forrest Griffin => Rashad Evans => Lyoto Machida => Shogun Rua => Jon Jones

2. Pancrase

Title Lineage: Sanae Kikuta => Yuki Kondo => Wanderlei Silva => Ricardo Arona => Shogun Rua => Forrest Griffin => Rashad Evans => Lyoto Machida => Shogun Rua => Jon Jones

3. King of the Cage

Title Lineage: Vernon White => Jeremy Horn => Chuck Liddell => Rampage Jackson => Forrest Griffin => Rashad Evans => Lyoto Machida => Shogun Rua => Jon Jones

4. MFC

Title Lineage: Victor Valimaki => David Heath => Lyoto Machida => Shogun Rua => Jon Jones

5. Gladiator Challenge

Title Lineage: Chael Sonnen => Jeremy Horn => Chuck Liddell => Rampage Jackson => Forrest Griffin => Rashad Evans => Lyoto Machida => Shogun Rua => Jon Jones

6. Cage Warrior

Title Lineage: Michael Bisping => Rashad Evans => Lyoto Machida => Shogun Rua => Jon Jones

7. IFC (Original Tournament Belt)

Title Lineage: Babalu Sobral => Chuck Liddell => Rampage Jackson => Forrest Griffin => Rashad Evans => Lyoto Machida => Shogun Rua => Jon Jones

8. Pride FC

Title Lineage: Wanderlei Silva => Ricardo Arona => Shogun Rua => Forrest Griffin => Rashad Evans => Lyoto Machida => Shogun Rua => Jon Jones

9. WEC

Title Lineage: Jason Lambert => Rashad Evans => Lyoto Machida => Shogun Rua => Jon Jones

10. IFL

Title Lineage: Vladimir Matyushenko => Little Nog => Ryan Bader => Jon Jones

11. Cage Rage

Title Lineage: Mark Epstein => Micheal Bisping => Rashad Evans => Lyoto Machida => Shogun Rua => Jon Jones

12. TKO

Title Lineage: Jeremy Horn => Babalu Sobral => Chuck Liddell => Rampage Jackson => Forrest Griffin => Rashad Evans => Lyoto Machida => Shogun Rua => Jon Jones

13. WFA

Title Lineage: Marvin Eastman => Vitor Belfort => Rand Couture => Chuck Liddell => Rampage Jackson => Forrest Griffin => Rashad Evans => Lyoto Machida => Shogun Rua => Jon Jones

14. Rings

Title Lineage: Dan Henderson => Wanderlei Silva => Ricardo Arona => Shogun Rua => Forrest Griffin => Rashad Evans => Lyoto Machida => Shogun Rua => Jon Jones

15. Ironheart Crown

Title Lineage: Jim Theobald => Little Nog => Vladimir Matyushenko => Little Nog => Ryan Bader => Jon Jones

16. World Vale Tudo

Title Lineage: Amar Suloev => Chuck Liddell => Randy Couture => Vitor Belfort => Randy Couture => Chuck Liddell => Rampage Jackson => Forrest Griffin => Rashad Evans => Lyoto Machida => Shogun Rua => Jon Jones

17. Cage Fighting Championship

Title Lineage: James Te Huna => Alexander Gustafsson => Jon Jones

18. IVC

Title Lineage: Wanderlei Silva => Tito Ortiz => Randy Couture => Vitor Belfort => Randy Couture => Chuck Liddell => Rampage Jackson => Forrest Griffin => Rashad Evans => Lyoto Machida => Shogun Rua => Jon Jones

19. Spirit MC

Title Lineage: Eun Soo Lee => Yoshihiro Nakao => Kaz Nakamura => Shogun Rua => Forrest Griffin => Rashad Evans => Lyoto Machida => Shogun Rua => Jon Jones

20. KSW

Title Lineage: Rameau Sokoudjou => Ryan Jimmo => Jame Te Huna => Glover Teixeira => Jon Jones

Notes:

  • UFC: Technically the 2nd iteration of the belt as Frank Shamrock moved to the MW division without ever losing the title
  • Pancrase: 2nd iteration of the belt. 1st was never really contested at Light Heavyweight. Ignores a number of Heavyweight losses along the way in order to maintain the belt in the weight class
  • KOTC: Ignores loss by inaugural champ Vernon White at Heavyweight to Allan Goes
  • Gladiator Challenge: 2nd iteration of the belt. 1st champ Buck Greer never really competed at 205 lbs and belt dead ends at lower weight class. Lineage also ignores a number of Middleweight losses to maintain weight class
  • WEC: 2nd iteration of the belt. Frank Shamrock vacated the original title and never competed at LHW again
  • TKO: Traces back to the UCC before the name change to TKO
  • Ironheart Crown: 2nd iteration of the belt. The 1st was never contested at 205 lbs
  • World Vale Tudo: 2nd iteration of the belt. The 1st was never contested at 205 lbs
  • Spirit MC: Title traces back to the 1st "Heavyweight" title won in a tournament at Spirit MC 1 by Eun Soo Lee in 2003. Although the belt is referred to as HW, it has been contested exclusively by fighters in the 205 lb division
  • KSW: 2nd iteration of the belt. 1st champion Mamed Khalidov gave up the belt when he moved to MW

Lineal Titles of Cowboy Cerone:

1. Bellator MMA

Lineal History: Eddie Alvarez (2009 Tournament Champion) → Michael Chandler → Eddie Alvarez → Cowboy Cerrone

2. Hardcore Fighting Championship

Lineal History: Thomas Schulte (2007) → Eric Reynolds → Eddie Alvarez → Michael Chandler → Eddie Alvarez → Cowboy Cerrone

3. IVC

Lineal History: Rafael Cordeiro (1999) → Rumina SatoCaol Uno → Marcio Barbosa → Dokonjonosuke Mishima → Takanori GomiJoachim HansenVitor RibeiroTatsuya Kawajiri → Takanori Gomi → Marcus AurelioMitsuhiro Ishida → Takanori Gomi → Sergey Golyaev → Eiji Mitsuoka → Kazunori Yokota → Tatsuya Kawajiri → Shinya Aoki → Eddie Alvarez → Cowboy Cerrone

4. Shooto

Lineal History: Caol Uno (1999) → Marcio Barbosa → Dokonjonosuke Mishima → Takanori Gomi → Joachim Hansen → Vitor Ribeiro → Tatsuya Kawajiri → Takanori Gomi → Marcus Aurelio → Mitsuhiro Ishida → Takanori Gomi → Sergey Golyaev → Eiji Mitsuoka → Kazunori Yokota → Tatsuya Kawajiri → Shinya Aoki → Eddie Alvarez → Cowboy Cerrone

* 4th iteration of the title. The first 2 dead end in retirement with the 3rd iteration ending in the hands of Rickson Gracie (by arm bar...of course).

5. King of the Cage

Lineal History: Charlie Kohler (2000) → Joe Hurley → Vitor Ribeiro → Tatsuya Kawajiri → Takanori Gomi → Marcus Aurelio → Mitsuhiro Ishida → Takanori Gomi → Sergey Golyaev → Eiji Mitsuoka → Kazunori Yokota → Tatsuya Kawajiri → Shinya Aoki → Eddie Alvarez → Cowboy Cerrone

6. Cage Warriors

Lineal History: Paul Sutherland (2003) → Dave Elliot → Jean Silva → Takanori Gomi → Marcus Aurelio → Mitsuhiro Ishida → Takanori Gomi → Sergey Golyaev → Eiji Mitsuoka → Kazunori Yokota → Tatsuya Kawajiri → Shinya Aoki → Eddie Alvarez → Cowboy Cerrone

7. Cage Rage

Lineal History: Gerald Strebendt (2003) → Josh ThomsonYves Edwards → Joachim Hansen → Hayato Sakurai → Takanori Gomi → Marcus Aurelio → Mitsuhiro Ishida → Takanori Gomi → Sergey Golyaev → Eiji Mitsuoka → Kazunori Yokota → Tatsuya Kawajiri → Shinya Aoki → Eddie Alvarez → Cowboy Cerrone

8. ZST

Lineal History: Marcus Aurelio (2003) → Dokonjonosuke Mishima → Yves Edwards → Joachim Hansen → Hayato Sakurai → Takanori Gomi → Marcus Aurelio → Mitsuhiro Ishida → Takanori Gomi → Sergey Golyaev → Eiji Mitsuoka → Kazunori Yokota → Tatsuya Kawajiri → Shinya Aoki → Eddie Alvarez → Cowboy Cerrone

9. Pride FC

Lineal History: Takanori Gomi (2005) → Marcus Aurelio → Mitsuhiro Ishida → Takanori Gomi → Sergey Golyaev → Eiji Mitsuoka → Kazunori Yokota → Tatsuya Kawajiri → Shinya Aoki → Eddie Alvarez → Cowboy Cerrone

10. Deep

Lineal History: Dokonjonosuke Mishima (2005) → Yves Edwards → Joachim Hansen → Hayato Sakurai → Takanori Gomi → Marcus Aurelio → Mitsuhiro Ishida → Takanori Gomi → Sergey Golyaev → Eiji Mitsuoka → Kazunori Yokota → Tatsuya Kawajiri → Shinya Aoki → Eddie Alvarez → Cowboy Cerrone

11. Shooto Pacific Rim

Lineal History: Mitsuhiro Ishida (2006) → Takanori Gomi → Sergey Golyaev → Eiji Mitsuoka → Kazunori Yokota → Tatsuya Kawajiri → Shinya Aoki → Eddie Alvarez → Cowboy Cerrone

*2nd iteration, traces back to Mitsuhiro Ishida who won the title after Buko's inaugural version of the belt hit a dead end in the hands of Shoji Maruyama who moved down to FW

Lastly, it is important to note that each of the last 9 titles listed would belong to Pettis if you chose to ignore the No Contest ruling in Gomi's match with Nick Diaz.

Enjoy the fights!

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