Current Champion: Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya won the UFC Middleweight Championship at UFC 243 on October 6, 2019. Opening as a +160 underdog, Adesanya flipped the odds closing as a -140 to -110 favorite. Adesanya defeated the former champion, Robert Whittaker, by KO at 3:33 in round 2. With the win, Adesanya also unified the interim Middleweight title he won when he defeated Kelvin Gastelum back at UFC 236.

Israel’s first title defense was against Yoel Romero. Adesanya opened as a -185 favorite and closed as a heavy -310 to – 250 favorite by fight time. The fight itself was rather anticlimactic, but nevertheless, Adesanya won by unanimous decision.

Adesanya’s second title defense was against middleweight contender Paulo Costa at UFC 253. He opened at as a modest -140 favorite and closed between -200 and -180. “The Last Stylebender” outclassed his opponent with a beautiful display of elite striking and feinting. Izzy finished Costa by TKO at 3:59 of the second round.

Israel took a quick trip up to Light Heavyweight to challenge Jan Blachowicz for the 205 lbs title at UFC 259. He opened up as a -250 favorite and closed in a range of -285 to -225. Adesanya came up short and lost the fight by unanimous decision and received his first loss in professional MMA. Unfazed by the defeat, Israel ended his short stint at light heavyweight and declared his intent to return and defend his middleweight title.

Adesanya then defended his middleweight title for a third time against Marvin Vettori at UFC 263. He opened as a -235 favorite and closed in the -280 to – 215 range. Israel dominated the fight at distance and cruised to a unanimous decision victory.

UFC Middleweight Rankings

Fighter Pro Record Last 5 Next fight
C Israel "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya 21-1
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1 Robert "The Reaper" Whittaker 23-5
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2 Paulo "The Eraser" Costa 13-2
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3 Jared "Killa Gorilla" Cannonier 14-5
Derek Brunson (2022-01-22)
4 Derek Brunson 23-7
Jared Cannonier (2022-01-22)
5 Marvin "The Italian Dream" Vettori 18-4-1
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6 Jack "The Joker" Hermansson 22-6
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7 Sean "Tarzan" Strickland 24-3
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8 Darren "The Gorilla" Till 18-4-1
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9 Kelvin Gastelum 17-8-1 NC
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10 Uriah "Prime Time" Hall 17-10
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11 Edmen "The Golden Boy" Shahbazyan 11-2
Nassourdine Imavov (2021-11-06)
12 Brad Tavares 19-6
Brendan Allen (2021-12-04)
13 Chris "All American" Weidman 15-6
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14 Kevin "Trailblazer" Holland 21-7-1 NC
Kyle Daukaus (2021-11-13)
15 André "Sergipano" Muniz 21-4
Dricus Du Plessis (2021-12-11)

Michael is a lifelong fight fan and martial artist. He has been in the MMA world for over a decade as an athlete and analyst. A consummate student of the game, Michael lives and breathes fight sports.