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 2015

March 14 (UFC 185)

  • Rafael dos Anjos won the UFC lightweight title when he defeated Anthony Pettis at UFC 185.
  • Joanna Jędrzejczyk won the UFC women’s strawweight title when she defeated Carla Esparza.

April 28 – Jon Jones was stripped of the UFC light heavyweight title due to his involvement and arrest in a felony hit-and-run.

May 23 – Daniel Cormier won the interim UFC light heavyweight title when he defeated Anthony Johnson at UFC 187.

June 13 – Fabrício Werdum won the UFC heavyweight title when he defeated Cain Velasquez at UFC 188.

July 11 – Conor McGregor won the interim UFC featherweight title when he defeated Chad Mendes at UFC 189.

Nov. 15 – Holly Holm won the UFC women’s bantamweight title when she defeated Ronda Rousey at UFC 193.

Dec. 12 (UFC 194)

  • Luke Rockhold won the UFC middleweight title when he defeated Chris Weidman.
  • Conor McGregor won the UFC featherweight title when he defeated Jose Aldo.

New UFC champions in 2016

Jan. 17 – Dominick Cruz won the UFC bantamweight title when he defeated T.J. Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz

March 5 – Miesha Tate won the UFC women’s bantamweight title when she defeated Holly Holm at UFC 196.

April 23 – Jon Jones won the interim UFC light heavyweight title when he defeated Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197.

May 14 – Stipe Miocic won the UFC heavyweight title when he defeated Fabrício Werdum at UFC 198.

June 4 – Michael Bisping won the UFC middleweight title when he defeated Luke Rockhold at UFC 199.

July 7 – Eddie Alvarez won the UFC lightweight title when he defeated Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez.

July 9 (UFC 200)

  • Jose Aldo won the interim UFC featherweight title when he defeated Frankie Edgar.
  • Amanda Nunes won the UFC women’s bantamweight title when she defeated Miesha Tate.

July 30 – Tyron Woodley won the UFC welterweight title when he defeated Robbie Lawler at UFC 201.

Nov. 9 – Jon Jones was stripped of the title again, this time for a failed pre-fight drug test.

Nov. 12 – Conor McGregor won the UFC lightweight title when he defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. With this win, he became the first-ever UFC two-division champion, and the champ-champ era was born.

Nov. 26 – Conor McGregor relinquished his featherweight title, Jose Aldo promoted to undisputed champion.

Dec. 10 – Max Holloway won the interim UFC featherweight title when he defeated Anthony Pettis at UFC 206.

Dec. 30 – Cody Garbrandt won the UFC bantamweight title when he defeated Dominick Cruz at UFC 207.