All-time UFC heavyweight champions

Daniel Cormier became a two-division champion at UFC 226. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

The champions are listed in reverse chronological order.

Click here for the list of current UFC champions in each division and here for the champions in each MMA promotion.

All-time UFC champions by division:
Heavyweight | Light heavyweight
Middleweight | Welterweight
Lightweight | Featherweight
Bantamweight | Flyweight
Women's featherweight
Women's bantamweight
Women's flyweight
Women's strawweight

Current champion

Daniel Cormier
Won title: July 7, 2018
Outcome: TKO1 over Stipe Miocic (UFC 226)
Defenses: 0

Past champions

Stipe Miocic
Won title: May 15, 2016
Outcome: KO1 over Fabricio Werdum (UFC 198)
Defenses: 3


Fabricio Werdum
Won title: June 13, 2015
Outcome: SUB3 over Cain Velasquez (UFC 188)
Defenses: 0


Cain Velasquez
Won title: Dec. 29, 2012
Outcome: UD5 over Junior dos Santos (UFC 155)
Defenses: 2


Junior dos Santos
Won title: Nov. 12, 2011
Outcome: KO1 over Cain Velasquez (UFC on Fox)
Defenses: 1


Cain Velasquez
Won title: Oct. 23, 2010
Outcome: KO1 over Brock Lesnar (UFC 121)
Defenses: 2


Brock Lesnar
Won title: Nov. 15, 2008
Outcome: KO2 over Randy Couture (UFC 91)
Defenses: 2


Randy Couture
Won title: March 3, 2007
Outcome: UD5 over Tim Sylvia (UFC 68)
Defenses: 2


Tim Sylvia
Won title: April 15, 2006
Outcome: KO1 over Andrei Arlovski (UFC 59)
Defenses: 2


Andrei Arlovski
Won title: Feb. 5, 2005*
Outcome: SUB1 over Tim Sylvia (UFC 51)
Defenses: 2

* -- Beat Sylvia for interim title; on Aug. 12, 2005, was named undisputed champ when Mir was stripped of title for inactivity.


Frank Mir
Won title: June 19, 2004
Outcome: SUB1 over Tim Sylvia (UFC 48)
Defenses: 0


Tim Sylvia
Won title: Feb. 28, 2003
Outcome: KO1 over Ricco Rodriguez (UFC 41)
Defenses: 1


Ricco Rodriguez
Won title: Sept. 27, 2002
Outcome: KO5 over Randy Couture (UFC 39)
Defenses: 0


Josh Barnett
Won title: March 22, 2002
Outcome: KO2 over Randy Couture (UFC 36)
Defenses: 0*

* -- Stripped of title on July 26 after testing positive for banned substances


Randy Couture
Won title: Nov. 17, 2000
Outcome: KO3 over Kevin Randleman (UFC 28)
Defenses: 2


Kevin Randleman
Won title: Nov. 19, 1999
Outcome: UD5 over Pete Williams (UFC 23)
Defenses: 1


Bas Rutten
Won title: May 7, 1999
Outcome: SD3 over Kevin Randleman (UFC 20)
Defenses: 0*

* -- Vacated title in June 1999 to drop down to light heavyweight


Randy Couture
Won title: Dec. 21, 1997
Outcome: MD3 over Maurice Smith (UFC Japan)
Defenses: 0*

* -- Stripped of title due to a contract dispute


Maurice Smith
Won title: July 27, 1997
Outcome: UD3 over Mark Coleman (UFC 14)
Defenses: 1


Mark Coleman
Won title: Feb. 7, 1997
Outcome: SUB1 over Dan Severn (UFC 12)
Defenses: 0