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2 Unification Bouts, 37 Lineal Titles on the Line at UFC 185

Hello there lineal title fans! The UFC offers up a stacked PPV card this Saturday and it's chalk full of lineal title goodness. The co-main event features the lineal queen of the Strawweight division, who surprisingly, is not Carla Esparza. In fact, challenger to the UFC belt, Joanna Jędrzejczyk holds that distinction thanks to her razor close decision win over previous queen Claudia Gadelha. All together, there will be 8 lineal titles up for grabs in this bout including Joanna's Smackgirl belt, which represents the earliest active title in the Strawweight division. The title was established in 2005 when Yuka Tsuj won the inaugural tournament in Japan.

In the main event, Anthony Pettis will attempt to add to his impressive collection of 27 lineal titles when he matches up with Rafael dos Anjos who himself holds 2 titles. The winner will hold 29 titles in the division, good for 47% of all available belts and 3rd place on the Lineal Leaderboard behind Cain Velasquez (37) and GSP (31). Anthony Pettis is the current lineal king of the lightweight division and is tied for 4th all-time with Shinya Aoki on the Career Lineal Titles list. With a win, he would move into a tie for 3rd with Benson Henderson.

Before we jump 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

Jedrejcyk vs Esparza: 8 lineal titles

  • The winner will take the crown of lineal queen at Strawweight with 44% of all available titles in the division
  • Once this fight takes place, Jessica Aguilar will take over with the second most titles in the division with 4 (WSOF, Pink Fight, MMA Super Heroes SW, MMA Super Heroes FLYW)
  • The winner will be tied for 5th with WMMA pioneer Tara LaRosa on the All time list for WMMA lineal titles (Top 4: 1. Ronda Rousey (20) 2. Miesha Tate (15) 3. Marloes Conen (13) 3. Roxanne Modaferri (13) 4. Sarah Kaufman (11))

The Lineal Titles of Strawweight Queen Joanna Jędrzejczyk:

1. Smackgirl

Lineal History: Yuka Tsuji (2005) → Mei YamaguchiSeo Hee HamAyaka Hamasaki → Claudia Gadelha → Joanna Jędrzejczyk

2. Deep

Lineal History: Satoko Shinashi (2008) → Mai Ichii → Mika Nagano → Celine Haga → Mika Nagano → Seo Hee Ham → Ayaka Hamasaki → Claudia Gadelha→ Joanna Jędrzejczyk

  • Originally installed as a 100 lb title by Deep

3. Valkyrie

Lineal History: Yuka Tsuji (2009) → Mei Yamaguchi → Seo Hee Ham → Ayaka Hamasaki → Claudia Gadelha → Joanna Jędrzejczyk

4. Freestyle Cage Fighting

Lineal History: Sally Krumdiack (2009 WFLYW: Migrated 2009) → Saori Ishioka → Sakura Nomura → Ayaka Hamasaki → Claudia Gadelha → Joanna Jędrzejczyk

5. JEWELS

Lineal History: Ayaka Hamasaki (2010) → Claudia Gadelha → Joanna Jędrzejczyk

The Lineal Titles of Carla Esparza:

1. HOOKnSHOOT

Lineal History: Ashley Cummins (2010 Ammy Tournament Champion) → Joanne Calderwood → Rose Namujanas → Carla Esparza

  • The earliest iterations of the HOOKnSHOOT women's tournament titles were contested at BW. HOOKnSHOOT 2009 was the first women's tournament focused on the 115 lb divison. It was won by Lisa Higo who retired undefeated. The 2010 HOOKnSHOOT women's tournment was a 115 lb Amateur contest won by Ashley Cummins. She went on to a 8-0 amateur record and turned pro in 2011. She eventually lost the title to Joanne Calderwood at Invicta 3 in October 2012. Calderwood went on to lose the belt to Rose Namujanas in the TUF 20 house. Because the fight was a semi-final contested over 3 rounds and held significance to the inaugural 115 lb UFC title, I've chosen to ignore the "exhibition" status of this fight and allow it to effect the lineage

2. Invicta FC

Lineal History: Carla Esparza (2013)

3. UFC

Lineal History: Carla Esparza (2014: TUF 20 Winner)

Lineal Pie - Strawweight

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Lineal History Lesson: Strawweight Edition

History of Strawweight Lineal Queens
Champion Titles % Unify
Joanna Jędrzejczyk 5 28% 2014
Claudia Gadelha 5 28% 2014
Claudia Gadelha 5 42% 2013
Ayaka Hamasaki 5 56% 2011
Ayaka Hamasaki 3 33% 2010
Mei Yamaguchi 2 22% 2010
Yuka Tsuji 2 33% 2009
Yuka Tsuji Smackgirl - 2005 (Earliest Active)


Pettis vs dos Anjos: 29 lineal titles

  • The winner will take the crown of lineal king at Lightweight with 47% of all available titles in the division
  • Once this fight takes place, the winner of Cowboy - Khabib will take over with the second most titles in the division with 14. Cowboy - 11 (IVC, Shooto, KOTC, Cage Warriors, Cage Rage, Zst, Pride FC, Deep, Shooto Pacific Rim, Hardcore Fighting Championships) Khabib - 3 (Pancrase, XFC, Jungle Fight)
  • An interesting side note is that Pettis would own most of Cowboy's titles already if you ignore the No Contest ruling in the Gomi - Diaz fight. I wrote a post about it a while back. Instead of passing to Cowboy, the lineage would look like this:
  • Lineal History: Takanori GomiNick Diaz → KJ Noons → Jorge MasvidalGilbert Melendez → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

The Lineal Titles of Lightweight King Anthony Pettis:

1. Ironheart Crown

Lineal History: Phil Johns (1999) → Jens PulverDin Thomas → BJ Penn → Jens Pulver → Duane LudwigTyson GriffinFrankie EdgarGray Maynard → Frankie Edgar → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

2. UFC

Lineal History: Jens Pulver (2001) → Duane Ludwig → Tyson Griffin → Frankie Edgar → Gray Maynard → Frankie Edgar → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

3. Gladiator Challenge

Lineal History: Juliano Prado (2001) → David GardnerJavier Vazquez → Alberto Crane → Roger HuertaKenny Florian → BJ Penn → Frankie Edgar → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

4. Ring of Fire

Lineal History: Leonard Garcia (2001) → Roger Huerta → Kenny Florian → BJ Penn → Frankie Edgar → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

  • Traces back to LW tournament at ROF 2 won by Leonard Garcia. That same night, a separate LW champion was crowned, Eric Payne, but his title dead ends

5. TKO

Lineal History: Duane Ludwig (2003) → Tyson Griffin → Frankie Edgar → Gray Maynard → Frankie Edgar → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

6. Rumble on the Rock

Lineal History: BJ Penn (2003) → Frankie Edgar → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

7. WEC

Lineal History: Gilbert Melendez (2004) → Mitsuhiro IshidaCaol Uno → Shinya Aoki → Joachim Hansen → Shinya Aoki → Gilbert Melendez → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

8. SportFight

Lineal History: Dennis Davis (2004) → Jake Short → Roger Huerta → Kenny Florian → BJ Penn → Frankie Edgar → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

9. Reality Fighting

Lineal History: Kurt Pellegrino (2004) → Satoru Kitaoka → Katsuya Inoue → Akira Kikuchi → Shinya Aoki → Joachim Hansen → Shinya Aoki → Gilbert Melendez → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

10. Shooto Americas

Lineal History: JZ Cavalcante (2005) → Shinya Aoki → Joachim Hansen → Shinya Aoki → Gilbert Melendez → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

  • Earliest iterations of Shooto Americas titles were awarded at various other promotions' events. This one traces back to a 2005 HookNShoot event where JZ Cavalcante won the inaugural title.

11. Extreme Challenge

Lineal History: Rich Clementi (2005) → Caol Uno → JZ Cavalcante → Shinya Aoki → Joachim Hansen → Shinya Aoki → Gilbert Melendez → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

12. IFC

Lineal History: Roger Huerta (2005) → Kenny Florian → BJ Penn → Frankie Edgar → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

13. Icon Sport (Super Brawl)

Lineal History: Kultar Gill (2005) → Daisuke Sugie → Josh ThomsonClay Guida → Gilbert Melendez → Mitsuhiro Ishida → Caol Uno → Shinya Aoki → Joachim Hansen → Shinya Aoki → Gilbert Melendez → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

14. Strikeforce

Lineal History: Clay Guida (2006) → Gilbert Melendez → Josh Thomson → Gilbert Melendez → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

  • Strikeforce also issued a US version of the title won by Josh Thomson in 2006. This version of the belt was unified with the World title by Josh Thomson in 2008

15. Cage Fury Fighting

Lineal History: Al Buck (2006) → Jim Miller → Gray Maynard → Frankie Edgar → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

16. EliteXC

Lineal History: KJ Noons (2007) → Jorge Masvidal → Gilbert Melendez → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

17. IFL

Lineal History: Ryan Schultz (2007) → Mizuto Hirota → Kazunori Yokota → Satoru Kitaoka → Mizuto Hirota → Shinya Aoki → Gilbert Melendez → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

18. K-1 Hero's

Lineal History: JZ Cavalcante (2007) → Shinya Aoki → Joachim Hansen → Shinya Aoki → Gilbert Melendez → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

  • 2nd iteration, 1st dead ends at Kid Yamamoto who moved down in weight

19. Spirit MC

Lineal History: Kwang Hee Lee (2007) → Eiji Mitsuoka → Satoru Kitaoka → Mizuto Hirota → Shinya Aoki → Gilbert Melendez → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

  • Spirit refers to this as a WW title, but bouts are contested at 154

20. NABC

Lineal History: Deividas Taurosevicius (2007) → Ryan Schultz → Mizuto Hirota → Kazunori Yokota → Satoru Kitaoka → Mizuto Hirota → Shinya Aoki → Gilbert Melendez → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

  • National Association of Boxing Commissions used to crown MMA champions at various Regional Promotions: Cage Fury Fighting and Legends of Fighting

21. PFC

Lineal History: Shad Smith (2007) → Nam PhanBilly Evangelista → Jorge Masvidal → Gilbert Melendez → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

22. Dream

Lineal History: Joachim Hansen (2008) → Shinya Aoki → Gilbert Melendez → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

23. WAMMA

Lineal History: Shinya Aoki (2008) → Gilbert Melendez → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

24. Ring of Combat

Lineal History: Jim Miller (2008) → Gray Maynard → Frankie Edgar → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

25. Cage Force

Lineal History: Mizuto Hirota (2008) → Kazunori Yokota → Satoru Kitaoka → Mizuto Hirota → Shinya Aoki → Gilbert Melendez → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

  • Traces back to 2nd iteration won by Hirota in 2008, 1st dead ends at different weight class

26. WVR (Sengoku)

Lineal History: Satoru Kitaoka (2009) → Mizuto Hirota → Shinya Aoki → Gilbert Melendez → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

27. Tachi Palace

Lineal History: Gabe Ruediger (2010) → Joe LauzonGeorge SotiropoulosDennis SiverDonald CerroneNate Diaz → Benson Henderson → Anthony Pettis

The Lineal Titles of Rafael dos Anjos:

1. Cage Fighting Championship

Lineal History: Rob Hill (2009) → Adrian Pang → Bernardo Magalhães → Tim Means → Jorge Masvidal → Rustam Khabilov → Benson Henderson → Rafael dos Anjos

2. Fight To Win

Lineal History: Justin Salas (2010) → Tim Means → Jorge Masvidal → Rustam Khabilov → Benson Henderson → Rafael dos Anjos

Lineal Pie - Lightweight

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Lineal History Lesson: Lightweight Edition

History of Lightweight Lineal Kings
Champion Titles % Unify
Anthony Pettis 27 44% 2014
Anthony Pettis 27 47% 2013
Benson Henderson 27 47% 2013
Gilbert Melendez 16 31% 2011
Gilbert Melendez 14 29% 2010
Shinya Aoki 13 31% 2009
Tatsuya Kawajiri 9 21% 2009
Kazunori Yokota 9 21% 2009
Eiji Mitsuoka 9 21% 2009
Sergey Golyaev 9 24% 2008
Takanori Gomi 9 38% 2006
Mitsuhiro Ishida 9 38% 2006
Marcus Aurelio 8 33% 2006
Takanori Gomi 8 38% 2005
Takanori Gomi 4 19% 2005
Hayato Sakurai 3 14% 2005
Joachim Hansen 3 14% 2005
Yves Edwards 3 14% 2005
Tatsuya Kawajiri 3 20% 2004
Vitor Ribeiro 3 25% 2003
Joachim Hansen 2 17% 2003
Takanori Gomi 2 29% 2002
Dokonjonosuke Mishima 2 50% 2000
Marcio Barbosa 2 50% 2000
Caol Uno 2 67% 1999
Rafael Cordeiro IVC - 1999 (Earliest Active)

Lineal Leaderboard:

# Name # of Titles Unify Big 10
1 Cain Velasquez 37 74% 100%
2 Georges St. Piere 31 55% 80%
3 Anthony Pettis 27 44% 60%
4 Chris Weidman 25 48% 70%
5 Jon Jones 21 51% 90%
6 Ronda Rousey 20 74% 90%
6 Jose Aldo 20 41% 60%
7 Donald Cerrone 11 18% 40%
8 Dominick Cruz 9 23% 40%
9 Mighty Mouse 8 32% 70%
9 Patricio Freire 8 16% 20%
10 Bibiano Fernandes 7 18% 20%
11 Vitor Belfort 6 12% 20%
11 Jacare Souza 6 12% 10%
12 Cyborg Justino 5 100% -
12 Joanna Jędrzejczyk 5 26% 50%
12 Ben Askren 5 9% 20%
12 Anthony Johnson 5 12% 10%
13 Jessica Aguilar 4 22% 10%
13 Miesha Tate 4 15% 10%
13 Gegard Mousasi 4 10% 0%
13 Liam McGeary 4 10% 0%
13 Vitaly Minakov 4 8% 0%
13 Lance Palmer 4 8% 0%
14 Herica Tiburcio 3 75% -
14 Carla Esparza 3 17% 30%
14 Conor McGregor 3 6% 20%
14 Marlon Moraes 3 8% 10%
14 Khabib Nurmegomodov 3 5% 10%
14 Tyron Woodley 3 5% 0%
15 Eleven tied with 2 each 2 - -

Upcoming Unification Bouts # Date
Anthony Pettis vs Rafael dos Anjos 29 titles 14-Mar
Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs Carla Esparza 8 titles 14-Mar
Jacare Souza vs Yoel Romero 7 titles 18-Apr
Mamoru Yamaguchi vs Hiromasa Ogikubo 2 titles 3-May
Chris Weidman vs Vitor Belfort 31 titles 23-May
Jon Jones vs Anthony Johnson 26 titles 23-May
Donald Cerrone vs Kh. Nurmagomedov 14 titles 23-May
Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor 23 titles 11-Jul
Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald 3 titles 11-Jul
Other Titles on the Line # Date
Adriano Moraes vs Asuka Mikami 1 title 13-Mar
Sergio Pettis vs Ryan Benoit 1 title 14-Mar
Alberto Udo vs Boris Miroshnichenko 1 title 14-Mar
Natan Schulte vs Igor Egorov 1 title 14-Mar
Viviane Pereira vs Liana Pirosin 1 title 14-Mar
Des Green vs Kurt Holobaugh 1 title 20-Mar
Cody East vs Brice Ritani-Coe 1 title 20-Mar
Gilbert Burns vs Josh Thomson 1 title 21-Mar
Edimilson Souza vs Katsunori Kikuno 1 title 21-Mar
Joe Warren vs Marcos Galvao 2 titles 27-Mar
Alejandro Villalobos vs E. Sanchez 1 title 27-Mar
Justin Gaethje vs Luis Palomino 1 title 28-Mar
Murilo Trevizan vs Daniel Caporossi 1 title 28-Mar
Ericka Almeida vs Tania Pereda 1 title 28-Mar
Ricardo Lamas vs Chad Mendes 1 title 4-Apr
Vinny Magalhaes vs Matt Hamill 1 title 10-Apr
Joanne Calderwood vs Maryna Moroz 1 title 11-Apr
Aljamain Sterling vs Takeya Mizukagi 1 title 18-Apr
George Sullivan vs Kenny Robertson 1 title 18-Apr
Ben Askren vs Luis Santos 5 titles 24-Apr
Mighty Mouse vs Kyoji Horiguchi 8 titles 25-Apr
Ian Entwistle vs Yves Jabouin 1 title 25-Apr
Thomas de Almeida vs Yves Jabouin 1 title 25-Apr
Gota Yamashita vs Martin Sano 1 title 26-Apr
Yui Chul Nam vs Phillipe Nover 1 title 16-May
Joseph Benavidez vs John Moraga 1 title 23-May
Karol Bedorf vs Peter Graham 1 title 23-May
Maciej Jewtuszko vs Robert Radomski 1 title 23-May
Thiago Alves vs Carlos Condit 1 title 30-May
Smealinho Rama vs Blagoi Ivanov 1 title 5-Jun
Ryan Bader vs Daniel Cormier 1 title 6-Jun
Matt Mitrione vs Ben Rothwell 1 title 6-Jun
Cain Velasquez vs Fabricio Werdum 37 titles 13-Jun
Herica Tiburcio vs Ayaka Hamasaki 3 titles 10-Jul
Vitaly Minakov vs Alexander Volkov 4 titles TBD
Rousimar Palhares vs Jake Shields 3 titles TBD

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