With legendary mainstays Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva sidelined for the foreseeable future, the current handful of UFC champions have more responsibility than ever.
As some of the most skilled fighters on the planet, who possess unparalleled determination, resolve and natural grit, they are destined for prolonged greatness in 2014.
What they share is a common goal to remain successful and effective divisional emperors. The question is, where do they differ? How does one title king compare to another?
Here is an in-depth look at the nine current UFC champions by the numbers, with compliments to Sherdog's sensational infograph.
*List includes champions Ronda Rousey, Demetrious Johnson, Renan Barao, Dominick Cruz, Jose Aldo, Anthony Pettis, Chris Weidman, Jon Jones, Cain Velasquez