The UFC will show off a new championship belt called the Legacy Belt. The promotion made the official announcement of the new belt today.
The promotion states that the belt is valued three times more than the UFC Classic Championship Belt. The first UFC Legacy Championship Belt will be awarded at UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs Dillashaw in Brooklyn. the belt will recognize title defenses and new championship wins in 2019 and beyond. The belt is uniquely customized for each individual champion by the athlete’s country, weight class and number of title defenses.
“This Saturday begins a new era for UFC, and it’s a perfect time to unveil our new UFC Legacy Championship Belt,” White stated. “The belt honors UFC’s past, while recognizing the amazing accomplishments of our current champions.”
Starting in 2019 the fighters who win the UFC championship bouts will be awarded a UFC Legacy Championship Belt. Championship wins in their division will be represented by red stones on the side plates of the belt. Fighters who win titles across multiple weight classes will be awarded one belt per weight division.
Below you can check out a graphic explaining all the details of the new belt which as you can see there’s meaning all over it. Below is also a list of what each key design features mean.
The eight country icons represent the first eight countries that were home to UFC champions
USA – Mark Coleman
Canada – Carlos Newton
Brazil – Murilo Bustamante
Netherlands – Bas Rutten
Poland – Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Belarus – Andrei Arlovski
UK – Michael Bisping
Ireland – Conor McGregor
The 25 stones represent 25 Years of UFC. Stones are White Cubic Zirconia and Created Ruby The Roman numerals represent 1993, UFC’s inaugural year.
The UFC logo in the middle is made of high-polished gold. The pattern underneath the logo is comprised of octagons and squares. The octagon has 25 lines to represent 25 years, and the square has eight lines to represent the eight sides of the UFC Octagon.
Customized for every fighter
Each champion’s belt will be customized with his/her name and weight class. The country the champion represents will be showcased with flag iconography. Eight stones border the plate. For each victory in a championship bout, one of the stones will be replaced with a red stone. The date and location of the win will be engraved adjacent to the stone. A champion may have more than one belt only if he/she holds titles in multiple weight classes.
A gold UFC World Champion logo adorns the middle. Eight stones border the plate. In the event a champion has more than eight championship victories, red stones will continue to represent wins on the right plate.
A custom octagon pattern is embossed on the trim. Gold button snaps are octagonal, and each showcases the UFC logo.
The women’s championship belt is designed to be slightly smaller. It is identical to the men’s belt in every other detail. Each belt comes with a plate on the backside with a unique serial number assigned to the specific champion. UFC President Dana White’s engraved signature is also included for authenticity. Each defense of the belt in the specified weight class earns an additional ruby to be added to the athlete’s belt. Defenses and wins prior to January 19th, 2019 will not be added to the new belt – only wins starting on and after that date will be recognized on the UFC Legacy Championship belt. Once an athlete wins the belt, the left side plate will be updated with new engraving, enameling and stones. The left side plate of the belt will need to be provided to the UFC to update.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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