UFC Double Champions: Volkanovski Aims to Join Exclusive List With UFC 294 Win Over Makhachev

UFC Double Champions: Volkanovski Aims to Join Exclusive List With UFC 294 Win Over Makhachev

Joel Reyes
updated at October 20, 2023 at 2:58 PM
  • There have been four simultaneous two-division champions in the history of the UFC
  • Conor McGregor became the first simultaneous two-division UFC champion in 2016
  • Amanda Nunes became the first female fighter to achieve double-weight champion status

History beckons for Alexander Volkanovski.

A victory over lightweight champion Islam Makhachev this coming Saturday will see him become the fifth fighter in UFC history to be a simultaneous two-division champion.

Sports Brief looks at the UFC legends who are on this exclusive list.

UFC Double Champions, UFC 294, Alexander Volkanovski, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, Henry Cejudo, Daniel Cormier, Islam Makhachev
Alexander Volkanovski and Conor McGregor. Images: Chris Unger/ Brandon Magnus.
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Conor McGregor (Featherweight and Lightweight)

McGregor’s greatness is unquestioned. He is the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two different weight classes simultaneously.

He first became UFC champion in the featherweight division in 2015 when he knocked out Jose Also in just 13 seconds at UFC 194, per The Guardian.

He captured the imagination of MMA fans in 2016 when he challenged Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight championship at UFC 205.

Fighting in another division was no problem for the featherweight champ as McGregor defeated Alvarez via TKO in the second round to add the lightweight title to his collection.

Daniel Cormier (Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight)

Cormier became the second UFC fighter to achieve double-weight champion status. He accomplished the feat after winning two titles in 2018.

He first captured the light heavyweight championship in January of that year after beating Volkan Oezdemir by knockout in the second round at UFC 220.

“DC” wasn’t contented with one championship as he moved up to the heavyweight division to challenge Stipe Miocic for his UFC title in August 2018.

Cormier knocked out Miocic in the first round to become the UFC's second double champion, per USA Today.

Amanda Nunes (Bantamweight and Featherweight)

Nunes captured her first UFC title in July 2016 when she defeated Miesha Tate via submission in the first round of their championship match.

“The Lioness” successfully defended her bantamweight title three times, beating Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko, and Raquel Pennington.

Looking for another challenge, Nunes decided to move up to the featherweight division and battle Cris Cyborg for her title in December 2018.

Nunes dominated Cyborg in that title fight, knocking her out in the first round to become the UFC’s third double champion.

Henry Cejudo (Flyweight and Bantamweight)

Cejudo was the last UFC fighter to become a double champ, accomplishing that feat in 2019.

He first became UFC champion in the flyweight division in August 2018 when he defeated Demetrious Johnson in their title rematch at UFC 227.

He moved up to the bantamweight division the following year to face Marlon Moraes for the championship at UFC 238.

The former Olympian made the most of this opportunity, beating Moraes in the third round via TKO to win the vacant UFC Bantamweight title.

UFC 294 main card fights

Sports Brief recently reported on the UFC 294 main card fights.

The main event will feature two champions, Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski, as they battle for the lightweight title.

Before that clash, Kamaru Usman will make his middleweight debut against Khamzat Chimaev.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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