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.
|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.