UFC Unveils New Legacy Championship Belt

By Jay Pettry Jan 18, 2019


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On Friday, before the first event as part of the ESPN deal, the Ultimate Fighting Championship unveiled the design for its new belt, called the UFC legacy championship belt.

According to the UFC, the new design will featured a custom-made section of the belt that will have the fighter’s name, weight class and native country placed on the face, making them unique to the fighters. Each championship win for that fighter will have a small engraving of the date and location of that title victory on the belt, along with a new red stone to represent each additional defense. If champions rack up more than eight defenses, the other side of the belt will be used to display those additional victories. This does mean, however, that the champions will only hold one belt, instead of being awarded one belt for every win. In the unusual event that a champion becomes a multiple-division champion, they will receive one legacy championship belt for each weight class.

To commemorate the company’s 25th anniversary, the UFC will have multiple design aspects representing 25 years. These will include 25 lines to draw the Octagon on the belt, 25 stones attached to it, the inaugural year of the promotion (1993) and eight flags to represent the first eight countries that generated UFC champions. The first UFC legacy championship belt will be awarded to the winner of the main event at UFC on ESPN+ 1 between flyweight champ Henry Cejudo and bantamweight king T.J. Dillashaw.

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