Immediate Rematches

At UFC 46, back in January 2004, a 40-year-old Randy Couture lost his UFC light-heavyweight title to a 25-year-old Vitor Belfort after the cageside doctor advised the fight be stopped just 49 seconds into the bout. A grazing shot from Belfort- the first punch landed in the fight- had opened up a nasty cut on Couture’s eyelid, giving the Brazilian the TKO win.

Due to the unfulfilling nature of that result, an immediate rematch was booked 8 months later. At UFC 49, in August 2004, Couture reclaimed his title via TKO after a dominant three rounds forced a doctor’s stoppage.

No defeated UFC champion has successfully reclaimed their belt in an immediate rematch since then.

Title-losing bout
Immediate rematch
Vitor Belfort def. Randy Couture (c) via TKO
Randy Couture def. Vitor Belfort (c) via TKO
Tim Sylvia def. Andrei Arlovski (c) via TKO
Tim Sylvia (c) def. Andrei Arlovski via DEC
Frankie Edgar def. B.J. Penn (c) via DEC
Frankie Edgar (c) def. B.J. Penn via DEC
Benson Henderson def. Frankie Edgar (c) via DEC
Benson Henderson (c) def. Frankie Edgar via DEC
Chris Weidman def. Anderson Silva (c) via KO
Chris Weidman (c) def. Anderson Silva via TKO
Max Holloway def. José Aldo (c) via TKO
Max Holloway (c) def. José Aldo via TKO
Rose Namajunas def. Joanna Jędrzejczyk (c) via TKO
Rose Namajunas (c) def. Joanna Jędrzejczyk via DEC
T.J. Dillashaw def. Cody Garbrandt (c) via KO
T.J. Dillashaw (c) def. Cody Garbrandt via TKO
Alexander Volkanovski def. Max Holloway (c) via DEC
Alexander Volkanovski (c) def. Max Holloway via DEC

Defeated UFC champions are now 1-8 when given immediate rematches to reclaim their belt.

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