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 successfully reclaimed their belt in an immediate rematch for 17 and a half years, until Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 270 in 2022.
|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|
|Stipe Miocic def. Daniel Cormier (c) via TKO||Stipe Miocic (c) def. Daniel Cormier via DEC|
|Rose Namajunas def. Zhang Weili (c) via KO||Rose Namajunas (c) def. Zhang Weili via DEC|
|Brandon Moreno def. Deiveson Figueiredo (c) via SUB||Deiveson Figueiredo def. Brandon Moreno (c) via DEC|
Defeated UFC champions are now 2-10 when given immediate rematches* to reclaim their belt.
* Where the rematch was the very next fight for both the defeated reigning champion and the fighter they lost their title to.
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