UFC champions who have come a long way to gold: Oliveira, Bisping, more
Charles Oliveira took the long road to winning a UFC championship. In fact, no one in the history of promotion has taken a longer path.
Oliveira became the 11th undisputed UFC champion at UFC 262 in Houston, where he TKO Michael Chandler in the second round to win the vacant 155-pound title.
How long did “Do Bronx” ‘s journey to gold in the UFC last? He made his UFC debut on August 1, 2010 at the age of 20. More than a decade and 28 fights later, Oliveira can finally qualify as a UFC champion.
Below is a list of the fighters with the most UFC fights won for gold, interim belts included.
Made his UFC debut: Jan 20, 2012 – defeated Kamal Shalorus at UFC on FX 1
Won gold in the UFC: April 7, 2018 – defeated Al Iaquinta for vacant UFC 223 lightweight title
Made his UFC debut: Jun 4, 2011 – defeated Ramsey Nijem in The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale
Won gold in the UFC: October 7, 2017 – defeated Kevin Lee for interim lightweight title at UFC 216
Made his UFC debut: May 10, 2002 – defeated Aaron Riley at UFC 37
Won gold in the UFC: December 6, 2014 – The welterweight champion defeated Johnny Hendricks at UFC 181
Made his UFC debut: February 22, 2014 – defeated Cody Gibson at UFC 170
Won gold in the UFC: March 6, 2021 – Bantamweight champion defeated Petr Yan (disqualification) at UFC 259
Made his UFC debut: Oct 4, 2014 – defeated Ilir Latifi at UFC Fight Night 53
Won gold in the UFC: September 27, 2020 – defeated Dominick Reyes for vacant UFC 253 light heavyweight title
Made his UFC debut: Feb 4, 2012 – lost to Dustin Poirier at UFC 143
Won gold in the UFC: December 10, 2016 – defeated Anthony Pettis for the interim featherweight title at UFC 206; June 3, 2017 – won title unification against Jose Aldo at UFC 212
Made his UFC debut: Nov 15, 2008 – lost to Jeremy Stephens at UFC 91
Won gold in the UFC: March 14, 2015 – The lightweight champion defeated Anthony Pettis at UFC 185
Made his UFC debut: Jan 1, 2011 – defeated Josh Grispi at UFC 125
Won gold in the UFC: April 13, 2019 – defeated Max Holloway for interim lightweight title at UFC 236
Made his UFC debut: Jun 24, 2006 – defeated Josh Haynes in The Ultimate Fighter 3 finale
Won gold in the UFC: June 4, 2016 – The middleweight champion defeated Luke Rockhold at UFC 199
Made his UFC debut: Aug 1, 2010 – defeated Darren Elkins in UFC against 2
Won gold in the UFC: May 15, 2021 – defeated Michael Chandler for vacant UFC 262 lightweight title