How many years does it take for a fighter with championship potential to become a champion? A fan on Reddit looked into the records and careers of 61 UFC champions, and these were what he found: "The average amount of years it took those 61 UFC champions to earn their belts was 6. The average amount of years into their career's that those 61 champions took to lose their belts was 7." https://www.reddit.com/r/MMA/commen...rs_enter_their_prime/?st=j93m07sd&sh=cf3d509e This inspired me to look into the records of welterweight champions to see if there is any truth to this, since welterweight is one of the most competitive divisions with new prospects showing up, such as Darren Till and Colby Covington (in before Erick Silva). This is what I found: What is the average age of WW champs when they first debuted? 22 years and 8 months How many years before a WW with champion potential becomes champ? 5.5 --to-- 6.8 years * What is the average age of WW champs when they won the first major title? 27 years and 8 months --to-- 29 years and 4 months What is the average number of years a WW champ remains the champ before losing? 1.07 --to-- 1.8 years * Robbie Lawler is a rare case where he won the UFC belt after 13.6 years in MMA. What's also worth noting is that Lawler actually won his first major MMA championship after 4.25 years in MMA, prior to joining the UFC.