8 MMA Fights That Showcase Recent Instability of the Light Heavyweight Division

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8 MMA Fights That Showcase Recent Instability of the Light Heavyweight Division
Can Shogun Rua defend his belt at least once, or is it the "Jon Jones" era?

MMA has seen some dominant title runs in its still young, 18-year history.

The most dominant of all is the active streak currently held by Anderson Silva, which now sits at eight consecutive; a run that the spider started back in 2007, when he successfully defended his belt for the first time against Nate Marquardt at UFC 73.

Champions from a previous generation, Tito Ortiz and Matt Hughes both effectively defended their respective belts five times; and just recently Georges St. Pierre joined them when he defended his hardware against Josh Koscheck at 123. St. Pierre can put the two aforementioned legends in his rear view mirror if he cleans out Jake Shields—and the welterweight division—at UFC 129, April 30.

Three other champions of note: Pat Miletich, Frank Shamrock and Chuck Liddell kept UFC gold tightly wrapped around their respective midsections for four uninterrupted defenses.

Speaking of Liddell, the “Iceman” era was the last epoch in which the Light Heavyweight Division had an ambassador hold onto their strap for longer then one defense. Since “Rampage” Jackson red-bulled his way through Liddell at UFC 67, everyone has been dropping trou; powerless to fully grasp the concept of the Midas touch.

But the UFC is not the only organization that has seen such volatility within the friendly confines of their 205 pound division. While Strikeforce is always accused of playing second fiddle to its more battle-tested "counterpart," when it comes to “parity, their Light Heavyweight Division just might outclass.

Let’s take a look at eight fights where the reigning champ was unable to protect what was theirs for either the initial or subsequent time.

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