The 7 longest winning streaks in UFC history
The debate rages over who is the greatest cfu fighter in the story is. The likes of Randy Couture, Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones are possible suitors while Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey deserve credit for boosting UFC notoriety.
A major criteria that is often considered is the dominance of said fighter and nothing can be a more accurate representation of fighter dominance than winning streaks. Conor’s nemesis Khabib Nurmagomedov is widely considered a better fighter due to his 29-0 record in MMA, which also includes a win over the Irishman. This list deals exclusively with UFC fights and highlights the fighters with the most consecutive wins in the business.
7 Max Holloway – 13
Featherweight ace Max Holloway joined the UFC at the age of 21 and had a mediocre early record, going 3-3 from 2012 to 2013. However, Holloway came out reinvigorated in 2014 and finished 4 opponents by knockout or submission this year alone.
Holloway continued his fine form, beating the likes of current lightweight champion Charles Oliviera, Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens to earn an interim featherweight title fight against Anthony Pettis. Another TKO victory followed, bringing his record from 2014 to 10-0.
Holloway would then participate in the most important match of his career, a title unification bout against champion Jose Aldo in Aldo’s native Brazil. Another third-round TKO and “Blessed” had unified the featherweight titles. Holloway would TKO Aldo again six months later and bloody Brian Ortega to extend his winning streak to 13.
His streak would end at the hands of his first-ever UFC opponent, Dustin Poirier in 2019 when Holloway moved up a weight class to challenge for the interim lightweight title at UFC 236.
6 Demetrious Johnson – 13
Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson is widely regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists to ever grace the Octagon. For over 5 years, he was the face of the UFC Flyweight division and carved out a 13-fight winning streak in the business. What makes DJ’s feat even more impressive is the fact that 12 of his 13 wins were in flyweight title matches and the other was in the semifinals of the tournament’s inaugural semifinals for the flyweight title.
Johnson began his winning run by defeating Ian McCall in a rematch to win a flyweight title shot against Joseph Benavidez, whom he would edge out with a split decision victory. Now champion, Mighty Mouse would cross the division, beating challenger after challenger. Henry Cejudo would be stopped by TKO, John Dodson would go down twice and Kyoji Horiguchi would be submitted with a second remaining in the fifth round as DJ became firmly established as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC.
DJ’s victory over Ray Borg at UFC 216 extended his streak to 13 and set a UFC record for 11 consecutive title defenses. It would be his last UFC win as Cejudo narrowly beat Johnson in a rematch at UFC 227 by split decision to win the title and break his streak. DJ would leave for ONE Championship soon after and win the ONE Flyweight Grand Prix tournament.
5 Jon Jones – 13
Jon Jones is arguably the best fighter in the UFC Light Heavyweight division and could have topped the list had it not been for some unfortunate circumstances, most of which were his own initiative. After a controversial 2009 disqualification loss to Matt Hamill for using illegal 12-6 elbows, Jones would tear up, winning his next 13 fights. He would win the light heavyweight title and later the interim title, but each belt would be stripped from Jones on separate occasions, the latter due to a doping violation.
Jones returned from his one-year suspension and beat Daniel Cormier to regain the belt, reportedly 14-0. However, Jones was again flagged for a doping violation by USADA and the belt was returned to Cormier. The match was reclassified to a no-contest, which officially ended Jones’ winning streak at 13.
4 Georges Saint-Pierre – 13
Considered one of the greatest MMA fighters in history, Georges “Rush” St. Pierre dominated the UFC’s welterweight division for nearly a decade. It took time for the Canadian to reign in the division, with losses to Matt Hughes and Matt Serra having halted his momentum.
Undeterred, St. Pierre bounced back and began his legendary 13-game winning streak with a victory over Josh Koscheck four months later. Both Hughes and Serra would be TKO’d in the rematches and GSP regained their crown. Subsequently, he beat BJ Penn, Thiago Alves, Jake Shields, Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz to become universally considered the greatest welterweight of all time. After a controversial split decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, St. Pierre vacated his belt and walked away from the sport.
He would make a comeback four years later, moving up a division and challenging middleweight champion Michael Bisping for the title at UFC 217. In the event that set a Canadian PPV record, St. Pierre defeated Bisping via a rear-naked choke to become a two-division champion, extending his winning streak to 13.
3 Khabib Nurmagomedov – 13
One of the very few fighters to retire with an undefeated record, Khabib Nurmagomedov has gone 29-0 in his career, with 13 of those UFC wins. Make his promotional debut on the preliminary card of UFC on FX 1 in 2012, Khabib picked up victories over Abel Trujillo and former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, and a shot at the lightweight title seemed a virtual certainty. But champ Eddie Alvarez instead opted for a money match against ultra-popular featherweight champ Conor McGregor. It lit a fire for Khabib, who then beat Michael Johnson and Edson Barboza to go 9-0 in the company.
While interesting matches against Gilbert Melendez, Nate Diaz and especially Tony Ferguson fell through at various stages of his UFC run, Khabib finally claimed lightweight gold at UFC 223 after a victory over Al Iaquinta. . He then cemented his hold on the division with a particularly satisfying submission win over Conor McGregor at UFC 229 that broke all UFC PPV records. More victories over top contenders Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje followed and Nurmagomedov decided to end his MMA career with a 13-0 record in the UFC.
2 Kamaru Usman – 15
Kamaru Usman is the current UFC welterweight champion and holds an impressive 15-0 record in the company. Since winning the title from Tyron Woodley at UFC 235, Usman has dispatched top contenders in style – including two wins each over Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal as well as a TKO win over Gilbert Burns.
He is set to meet Leon Edwards in his next title defense – a man he previously beat in 2015 to kick off his UFC unbeaten streak. He would also beat top talents like Sean Strickland, Damian Maia and Rafael dos Anjos ahead of his rise as welterweight king. Usman is the current pound-for-pound No. 1 in the business and looks a good bet to surpass George St-Pierre’s welterweight title defense record.
1 Anderson Silva – 16
After holding the UFC middleweight title for nearly 2,500 straight days, Anderson Silva won 16 straight fights in the company from 2006 to 2012. This included an absolute destruction of middleweight champion Rich Franklin, who been outclassed by Silva’s legendary defense. Silva’s victory kicked off the golden age of the UFC middleweight division as he defeated competitor after competitor including Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort.
Siva displayed incredible confidence in the ring and often resorted to showboating, which eventually backfired on Chris Weidman in his 17th UFC fight. Silva taunted Weidman, leaving his own chin unprotected and Weidman knocked him out to win the title and end Silva’s unbeaten streak. A break in a leg in a rematch against Weidman ended Silva’s dominance and the Spider won just one of his next seven UFC fights, leaving the company in 2020.
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