Follow the Light Heavyweight Belt
Inaugurated in 1997 and originally called the middleweight championship, the UFC 205 lbs belt always seems to be held by an iconic champion. From Frank Shamrock to Jon Jones, the UFC LHW title is a symbol of MMA excellence.
12 Videos Apr. 21, 2014
1 Frank Shamrock vs. Kevin Jackson Ultimate Japan 1
To determine the first ever UFC middleweight champion (later to be renamed light-heavyweight), 1992 US Olympic gold medalist and UFC 14 tournament winner Kevin Jackson met debuting 14-7-1 veteran of the Japanese MMA scene Frank Shamrock.
Dec. 21, 1997
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2 Tito Ortiz vs. Wanderlei Silva UFC 25
To crown the first UFC “light-heavyweight” champion, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” was ready to claim the belt he almost had a year earlier as Tito Ortiz went to war with Wanderlei Silva, who had been busy putting together a 6 fight winning streak.
Apr. 14, 2000
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3 Randy Couture vs. Chuck Liddell UFC 43
With a drop to the Light Heavyweight Bouts division, Randy 'The Natural' Couture reinvented himself and stunned the mixed martial arts world, not only by taking on Chuck Liddell in his first 205-pound fight at UFC® 43, but by beating 'The Iceman' via a decisive third round TKO.
Jun. 6, 2006
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4 Vitor Belfort vs. Randy Couture UFC 46
Coming off of an impressive first round knockout over Marvin Eastman, Vitor Belfort has his eyes on the belt as he takes on UFC Light Heavyweight Champ, Randy 'The Natural' Couture.
Sep. 10, 2012
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5 Randy Couture vs. Vitor Belfort UFC 49
When their first title bout ended very abruptly within a minute due to an errant cut, there had to be an immediate rematch and 7 months later the UFC light-heavyweight title was on the line again as current champ Vitor Belfort met former champ Randy Couture.
Aug. 21, 2004
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6 Chuck Liddell vs. Randy Couture UFC 52
The Ice Age begins! Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell finally annexes the UFC light heavyweight title, stunning the defending champ Randy “The Natural” Couture in this main event of UFC 52. Liddell’s world title ambitions have been cruelly derailed by Couture three years previously, but this time the Iceman would not be denied.
Apr. 16, 2005
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7 Quinton Jackson vs. Chuck Liddell UFC 71
Chuck Liddell had been on a tear, winning his previous 7 fights before encountering Quinton Jackson at UFC 71. The last man to beat him was "Rampage" Jackson when the two squared off in Pride. Liddell had revenge on his mind but Jackson wanted nothing more than to continue his winning ways over 'The Iceman'. Which he did in stunning fashion.
May. 26, 2007
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8 Forrest Griffin vs. Quinton Jackson UFC 86
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson made his second title defense against The Ultimate Fighter® season 1 winner Forrest Griffin. In what turned into a classic, these two went non stop for the full 25 minutes and ended with a surprised new champion.
Jul. 5, 2008
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9 Rashad Evans vs. Forrest Griffin UFC 92
Two of the most well known TUF winners square off at UFC 92 with the Light Heavyweight championship on the line. Coming off a stunning KO of Chuck Liddell, Evans looks to keep his undefeated streak alive against the champion Griffin.
Dec. 27, 2008
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10 Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans UFC 98
A first for the UFC: two undefeated fighters battling for the Light Heavyweight title. Newly crowned Rashad Evans wants to hold onto his belt, but Lyoto Machida plans on spoiling his first title defense.
May. 23, 2009
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11 Mauricio Rua vs. Lyoto Machida UFC 113
Their first fight ended in a controversial decision, but Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua are back to give the fans the rematch they have been waiting for.  Both men have vowed to leave the judges out of the equation, so we expect to see a brilliant finish.
Mar. 16, 2011
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12 Jon Jones vs. Mauricio Rua UFC 128
Mercurially talented but largely untested at the elite level, 23-year-old Jon Jones nevertheless accepted the opportunity to challenge the fearsome “Shogun” Rua for the UFC light heavyweight title on six weeks’ notice. It was the start of the most dominant reign the 205 lbs division has ever seen.
Mar. 19, 2011
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