A detailed timeline of every UFC champion since the start of the new millennium [UPDATED FEB 2024]

A list of every single UFC champion since the year 2000.
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New UFC champions in 2009

May 23 – Lyoto Machida won the UFC light heavyweight title when he defeated Rashad Evans at UFC 98.

New UFC champions in 2010

March 27 – Shane Carwin won the interim UFC heavyweight title when he defeated Frank Mir at UFC 111.

April 10 – Frankie Edgar won the UFC lightweight title when he defeated B.J. Penn at UFC 112.

May 8 – Maurício “Shogun” Rua won the UFC light heavyweight title when he defeated Lyoto Machida at UFC 113.

Oct. 23 – Cain Velasquez won the UFC heavyweight title when he defeated Brock Lesnar at UFC 121.

Nov. 20 – Jose Aldo was awarded the inaugural UFC featherweight title at UFC 123 in a ceremony prior to the event.

Dec. 16 – Dominick Cruz defeated Scott Jorgensen at WEC 52 to retain his WEC bantamweight title and was awarded the inaugural UFC bantamweight title.

New UFC champions in 2011

March 19 – Jon Jones won the UFC light heavyweight title when he defeated Maurício “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128.

July 21 – Renan Barão won the interim UFC bantamweight title when he defeated Urijah Faber at UFC 149.

Nov. 12 – Junior dos Santos won the UFC heavyweight title when he defeated Cain Velasquez at UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos.