On Friday, UFC President Dana White has unveiled an all-new UFC Legacy Championship Belt that will be up for grabs in the matchup between bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and flyweight champion Henry Cejudo this Saturday in Brooklyn, New York.
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The UFC Legacy Championship Belt represents a new era of UFC, ushering in 25 years of the company’s existence. The belt is reportedly valued at three times more than its predecessor, the UFC Classic Championship Belt, which was used for 17 years.
Drum roll, please:
“Starting in 2019, fighters who win UFC championship bouts will be awarded a UFC Legacy Championship Belt, which will be used during the duration of their professional MMA career. Subsequent championship wins in their respective division will be represented by red stones on the side plates of the belt. Additionally, athletes who win titles across multiple weight classes will be awarded one belt per division.”
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 White Cubic Zirconia and Ruby stones on the belt represent 25 years of the UFC, with the Roman numerals signifying 1993, the UFC’s inaugural year. Each champion’s belt will be customized with his/her name and weight class, and post-victory, one of the stones will be replaced with a red stone. The women’s belt is identical, albeit slightly smaller.
What do you think of the new look? It seems like Twitter has already made up its mind:
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