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The new UFC champions of 2018

Here’s a look at the fighters who won a UFC championship in 2018, excluding interim champions, in order of division.

Flyweight: Henry Cejudo

Henry Cejudo ended Demetrious Johnson's nearly six-year reign
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Henry Cejudo ended Demetrious Johnson's nearly six-year reign as the UFC flyweight champion at UFC 227 in Los Angeles on Aug. 4, earning a split-decision victory. Cejudo, an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler, used five takedowns and relentless offense to earn the title.

Lightweight: Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov won a unanimous decision over Wantagh's
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Khabib Nurmagomedov won a unanimous decision over Wantagh's Al Iaquinta to claim the lightweight title at UFC 223 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 7, 2018. Nurmagomedov was supposed to fight interim champion Tony Ferguson, who pulled out a week prior with a knee injury. Replacement fighter Max Holloway couldn't make weight, so Iaquinta became the challenger on less than 36 hours' notice. Nurmagomedov became the undisputed lightweight champion as the UFC removed Ferguson as interim champ and stripped Conor McGregor of his title after having never defended it since winning it Nov. 12, 2016.

Heavyweight: Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier entered UFC 226 on July 7,
Photo Credit: AP / John Locher

Daniel Cormier entered UFC 226 on July 7, 2018, as the light heavyweight champion and left the octagon that night with that belt as well as the heavyweight title. He stopped Stipe Miocic, the longest-reigning UFC heavyweight champion in history, with 27 seconds left in the first round. Cormier became the second fighter in UFC history to hold two championship belts at the same time.

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