When it comes to the MMA’s most recognisable fighters and the fights which garner the most interest, there is no question that it is the heavyweight division which rules all. For a fighter to capture an MMA heavyweight title therefore, is one of the most impressive achievements in the sport and to hold it for any considerable length of time is more remarkable still. With that in mind, we have put together a countdown of the five MMA heavyweight champions to have the longest title reigns in history, whether that be in the UFC or other comparable organisations.
5. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira – 498 Days
Brazilan born Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who was better known as either Rodrigo Minotauro or simply Minotauro, is a master of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as being a black belt in judo, and that heady combination has brought him plenty of success in the MMA arena.
Nogueira first rose to prominence in the Japanese Pride Fighting Championships in the early 2000s and it was here that he enjoyed his 498 day heavyweight title reign between November 2001 and March 2003. The Brazilian fighter later made the move to the UFC however, and captured the heavyweight title there too, to become only one of three men to hold both of those championships.