Since it was brought into existence on Oct. 16, 1998 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, nine men have strapped the undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title to their waist. It has been passed from Pat Miletich, Carlos Newton, Matt Hughes, B.J. Penn and Georges St. Pierre to Matt Serra, Johny Hendricks, Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley. Their respective reigns have led to some of the most memorable fights in UFC history.
Hughes and St. Pierre stand head and shoulders above the rest in a historical context, at least for the time being. Together, they have combined to sit on the 170-pound throne for 3,781 days -- equivalent to more than 10 calendar years. Perhaps it was fitting that Hughes and St. Pierre engaged in a memorable trilogy with one another, GSP holding a 2-1 edge in the head-to-head series.
The latest installment of the Sherdog Top 10 series examines the best of the best among UFC welterweight title fights:
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit (UFC 154); Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Hughes (UFC 50); Matt Hughes vs. B.J. Penn (UFC 63); Robbie Lawler vs. Johny Hendricks (UFC 181); Matt Hughes vs. Carlos Newton (UFC 38); Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn (UFC 94); Tyron Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler (UFC 201); Matt Hughes vs. Hayato Sakurai (UFC 36); Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz (UFC 158); Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields (UFC 129); Matt Hughes vs. Sean Sherk (UFC 42); Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch (UFC 87); Pat Miletich vs. John Alessio (UFC 26); Pat Miletich vs. Andre Pederneiras (UFC 21); Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck (UFC 124); Carlos Newton vs. Pat Miletich (UFC 31); Pat Miletich vs. Kenichi Yamamoto (UFC 29); Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy (UFC 111)
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