Historic UFC Middleweight Champions

A list of all historic belt holders in the UFC’s 185 pound Middleweight Division

 

 

Belt Holder

Won belt at

Date

Location

Title Defenses

Dave Menne UFC 33 September 28, 2001 Las Vegas, NV

Murilo Bustamante UFC 35 January 11, 2002 Las Vegas, NV

– defeated Matt Lindland at UFC 37 on May 10, 2002 in Bossier City, LA


After it was announced that Bustamante had signed with Pride, Bustamante was stripped of the UFC Middleweight Championship belt

Evan Tanner UFC 51 February 5 , 2005 Las Vegas, NV

Rich Franklin UFC 53 June 4 , 2005 Atlantic City, NJ

– defeated Nate Quarry at UFC 56 on November 19, 2005 in Las Vegas, NV

– defeated David Loiseau at UFC 58 on March 4, 2006 in Las Vegas, NV


Anderson Silva UFC 64 October 14, 2006 Las Vegas, NV

– defeated Nate Marquardt at UFC 73 on July 7, 2007 in Sacramento, CA

– defeated Rich Franklin at UFC 77 on October 20, 2007 in Cincinnati, OH

– defeated Dan Henderson at UFC 82 on March 1, 2008 in Columbus, OH

– defeated Patrick Côté at UFC 90 on October 25, 2008 in Rosemont, IL

– defeated Thales Leites at UFC 97 on April 18, 2009 in Montreal, Canada

– defeated Demian Maia at UFC 112 on April 10, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, UAE

– defeated Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 on August 7, 2010 in Oakland, CA

– defeated Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 on February 5, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV

– def. Yushin Okami at UFC 134 on Aug 27, 2011

-def. Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 on July 7, 2012

 
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