All-time UFC light heavyweight champions

Daniel Cormier initially lost to Jon Jones at UFC 214, but the bout was later named a "no contest" after Jones tested positive for a banned substance. 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: May 23, 2015
Outcome: SUB3 over Anthony Johnson (UFC 187)
Defenses: 2

Past champions

Jon Jones
Won title: March 19, 2011
Outcome: TKO3 over Mauricio Rua (UFC 128)
Defenses: 8*

* -- Stripped of title on April 28, 2015, for violating UFC's Athlete Code of Conduct policy


Mauricio Rua
Won title: May 8, 2010
Outcome: KO1 over Lyoto Machida (UFC 113)
Defenses: 0


Lyoto Machida
Won title: May 23, 2009
Outcome: TKO2 over Rashad Evans (UFC 98)
Defenses: 1


Rashad Evans
Won title: Dec. 27, 2008
Outcome: KO3 over Forrest Griffin (UFC 92)
Defenses: 0


Forrest Griffin
Won title: July 5, 2008
Outcome: UD5 over Quinton Jackson (UFC 86)
Defenses: 0


Quinton Jackson
Won title: May 26, 2007
Outcome: KO1 over Chuck Liddell (UFC 71)
Defenses: 1


Chuck Liddell
Won title: April 16, 2005
Outcome: KO1 over Randy Couture (UFC 52)
Defenses: 4


Randy Couture
Won title: Aug. 21, 2004
Outcome: KO3 over Vitor Belfort
Defenses: 0


Vitor Belfort
Won title: Jan. 31, 2004
Outcome: KO1 over Randy Couture (UFC 46)
Defenses: 0


Randy Couture
Won title: Sept. 26, 2003
Outcome: UD5 over Tito Ortiz (UFC 44)
Defenses: 0


Tito Ortiz
Won title: April 14, 2000
Outcome: UD5 over Wanderlei Silva (UFC 25)
Defenses: 5


Frank Shamrock
Won title: Sept. 21, 1997
Outcome: SUB1 over Kevin Jackson (UFC Japan)
Defenses: 4*

* -- Vacated title on Nov. 24, 1999, when he retired from the UFC