Who is the Number 1 Heavyweight of All Time in UFC?

Published 03/24/2021, 1:36 PM EDT
BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (R-L) Stipe Miocic punches Francis Ngannou of Cameroon in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC has produced a lot of great Heavyweight fighters in a short span of time. The first person to be crowned as the UFC Heavyweight champion was Mark Coleman at UFC 12 back in 1997.

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After this, the organization witnessed many Champions from different countries. Cain Velasquez from Mexico was one of the toughest fighters and a great champion.

He won his first title from Brock Lesnar and lost it in his next match to Junior Dos Santos. He then went on to become the champion again and successfully defended his title twice.

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At that time, Velasquez was one of the scariest fighters in the division. He only lost 3 times over the course of his entire career and is one of the best Heavyweights.

Randy Couture is another very famous UFC legend who made his name inside the Octagon. ‘The Natural’ has won the title 3 different times in his career. Couture defended the title a total of 3 times.

However, Couture was never a true Heavyweight. Most of the time he was the smaller fighter and had to deal with a massive size discrepancy. Somehow someway ‘The Natural’ was able to pull off victories over his larger opponents.

Some people believe he was one of the greatest fighters of all time. Not because of his record, but because of his fearlessness in the Octagon.

Stipe Miocic is already an apex fighter

Nobody has been more consistent than the current Heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic. Miocic is at the top of the food chain in the scariest division in the promotion.

He won the Heavyweight gold by beating Fabricio Werdum. Then he defended the title consecutively 3 times, which is more than anyone in history.

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 17: Daniel Cormier stands in his corner prior to his heavyweight championship bout against Stipe Miocic during the UFC 241 event at the Honda Center on August 17, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Miocic failed the 4 defense and lost to Daniel Cormier. Later they fought 2 more times where Miocic emerged victorious twice. Experts already call him the #1 Heavyweight of all time.

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He is still active and ready to defend his title against Francis Ngannou. If he beats him, Miocic will have defended his title a total of 5 times, leaving every other name in UFC Heavyweight history far behind.

Who do you think is the #1 UFC Heavyweight of all time?

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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