Alex Poatan surpasses Brazilian idols and makes history in the light heavyweight division

With the victory at UFC 303, the champion of the under-93kg division became the first Brazilian fighter to defend the belt twice in a row in the category

A. Poatan receives the belt from D. White at the UFC 303 (Photo: Twitter/@ufcnews)

The knockout of Alex Poatán about Jiri Prochazka No. UFC 303 brought another record to the new Ultimate star. With last Saturday's triumph (29), the light heavyweight champion (up to 93kg) surpassed other icons of national MMA and became the Brazilian with the most title defenses in the category. Understand.

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After the unification of MMA rules in 2000, Vitor belfort He became the first Brazilian champion of the light heavyweight division when he beat Randy Couture in January 2004. However, in the immediate rematch, the North American got his revenge and knocked out the Brazilian in the third round, putting a quick end to his reign.


In May 2009, the then undefeated Lyoto Machida knocked out the then champion Rashad evans in the second round and also entered the gallery of champions in the history of the light heavyweight division. On the contrary Vitor belfort, the fighter from Pará still managed to defend his belt by beating Mauritius Shogun just over five months later, in a controversial unanimous decision by the judges.

In the expected rematch, in May 2010, Shogun did not want to leave the decision in the hands of the side judges again and quickly knocked out the man from Pará, in the first round, winning the belt in the under-93kg division. In March 2011, in his first title defense, Mauricio was unable to cope with the talents of a young Jon Jones and was categorically dethroned with a knockout in the third round.


Last Saturday (29), Alex Poatán made history once again by becoming the first Brazilian to defend the light heavyweight belt twice. The pupil of Glover Teixeira hit Jamahal hill e Jiri Prochazka, both by knockout, and continues his dominant reign in the under-93kg category.

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