Sherdog’s Top 10: Longest Bellator MMA Title Reigns

Top 10

By Brian Knapp Jun 14, 2017
Thirty men and women have captured Bellator MMA championships since the promotion made its debut in 2009.

Some title reigns were brief. Daniel Straus lasted just 133 days during his first stay on the featherweight throne, as he struck gold at 145 pounds with a five-round unanimous decision over Pat Curran at Bellator 106 on Nov. 2, 2013. Curran returned the favor a little more than four months later and did so in more decisive fashion in the Bellator 112 main event, where he submitted Straus with a rear-naked choke 4:46 into the fifth round. Patricio Freire dethroned Curran 176 days later. Alexander Volkov, Emanuel Newton, Brandon Halsey, Eddie Alvarez and Joe Warren also put together short title reigns that spanned less than a calendar year.

Staying power has not been an issue for other champions. The latest installment in the Sherdog Top 10 series focuses on the longest title reigns -- in days -- in Bellator history.

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HONORABLE MENTIONS: Pat Curran (604 days), Rafael Carvalho (600 days), Alexander Shlemenko (597), Daniel Straus (578 days), Joe Warren (554 days), Zach Makovsky (547 days), Will Brooks (546 days).

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