When you watch the sports section on TV or read about them in the news, you usually hear that some individuals are the greatest at one thing, some are the best at another, and then some are the top at both, which is inconceivable.
Martial arts are nothing like that, and determining who is or was the best combatant in their discipline objectively is challenging.
Many people consider the UFC to be the best combat sports organization in the world. As a result, as the victories begin to build up, competitors can be on their way to become the world’s best.
The UFC has seen several excellent fighters rise from the regional scene and score enough fights into becoming champions in its 27-year history. The winning run on that journey and far beyond, on the other hand, is what may elevate those pursuing excellence in the cage to legendary status.
With that in mind, take a look at this list of the UFC’s ten longest victory streaks.
1. Jon Jones (Wins In A Row: 17)
Jones is so superb at what he does that mentioning any of his previous victories is virtually a useless attempt at MMA conversation. Some of the battles throughout that streak, though, provided many unforgettable moments. Jones went on to defeat Vladimir Matyushenko, Ryan Bader, and Brandon Vera, and until reclaiming the crown off Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (2011). His battles with Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafson, as well as the first one with Alexander Gustafson, were lifetime highlights, and he is now stepping up to heavyweight.
Jones was widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world throughout most of his championship reign. Jones only professional loss is a disputed decision over Matt Hamill, which Hamill and UFC President Dana White dispute.
Jones was implicated in diverse scandals between 2015 and 2017, and he was stripped of his title three times due to disciplinary proceedings. After being arrested on felony hit-and-run charges in 2015, he was stripped of his title and dropped from the official rankings by the UFC.
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2. Anderson Silva (Wins In A Row: 16)
Silva is facing the ending of his professional career, but he last fought in October of last year. Although his streak came to an end in 2012, his journey towards becoming champion commenced in 2006. 23 of his 34 victories have been by knockdown, with some of them coming over all the other knockout fighters like Vitor Belfort and Chris Leben. Chael Sonnen’s rivalry with “The American Gangster” is one of the most spectacular in UFC history.
3. Kamaru Usman (Wins In A Row: 13)
The former welterweight champion has already successfully defended his championship three times, the most recent of which took place at UFC 258 against former colleague Gilbert Burns. It was no easy task to score a 3-round TKO in opposition to a rival who is not just a danger to the remaining part of the division but also very well known to Usman. When you combine that with the fact that he hasn’t lost since his second professional fight in 2013, it’s not only a fantastic run, but it also puts him in the company of another prominent welterweight, and the next on our list.
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4. Khabib Nurmagomedov (Wins In A Row: 13)
In MMA, it’s difficult to maintain a winning streak at first. A wrestler can go ten or eleven fights without losing their first combat, or they can get it over with early in their game. It’s rare for a fighter to go their entire career without losing a professional fight. Nurmagomedov appears to have accomplished this. On March 18th, he resigned from his post from mixed martial arts, ending a 13-fight hot streak in the UFC that included victories over Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, and Rafael Dos Anjos. He has a 29-0 overall record.
5. Max Holloway (Wins In A Row: 13)
A loss is the worst way to start a losing streak. Holloway’s loss against Conor McGregor in 2013 inspired him to do something other than recover. At UFC Fight Night 34, his next fight was not just a win, but also a knockout that earned him “Knockout of the Night.” With a win over Anthony Pettis, he would go on to capture the interim featherweight championship and eventually become the featherweight champion. He successfully defended the championship twice before stepping up to lightweight for an opportunity to become a “titleholder” and suffering a loss, ending his unbeaten streak. Holloway is a very excellent 145-pound fighter, so another streak could be on the road.
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6. Georges St-Pierre (Wins In A Row: 13)
There’s a point why other fighters who can fight in the welterweight to middleweight bracket keep calling out the UFC Hall of Famer. In 2013, the two-time welterweight champion retired from the UFC after a winning streak in his category, only to return in 2017 to win the middleweight belt too. St-Pierre was the ideal of the entire UFC fighter, holding black belts in both Kyokushin Karate and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, as well as great wrestling skills.
Between November 2006 and April 2008, St-Pierre was a three-time UFC Welterweight Champion, winning the title twice and the interim title once. For several years, Sherdog and other magazines regarded St-Pierre as the best welterweight in the world. Rogers Sportsnet awarded him, Canadian Athlete of the Year, in 2008-2010. According to MMA, he is the best MMA welterweight of all time and the most accomplished fighter in the sport’s history.
7. Demetrious Johnson (Wins In A Row: 13)
Johnson, the true “King of the Flies,” continued his winning streak when he moved from bantamweight to flyweight, winning the inaugural flyweight title and managed to defend it 11 times until losing a close fight to Henry Cejudo. In his defences, he would defeat well-known flyweights such as Cejudo in their first round, Ray Borg, and Kyoji Horiguchi in a showcase submission.
Johnson, who is no longer with the UFC, has started a new streak with ONE Championships, where he is currently 3-0. He has been the only Cage fighter to have over ten knockdowns in three fights. With seven finishes, Demetrious Johnson owns the record for the most finishes in UFC flyweight history.  In addition, he is the current #1 Flyweight World Grand Prix Champ. In the ONE Championship flyweight rankings, he is presently ranked first.
Johnson has been dubbed one of the best mixed martial fighters in the world by ESPN, MMA Weekly, and different UFC executives.
Johnson was formerly ranked as the No. 9 pound-for-pound champion in mixed martial arts and the No. 2 flyweight by Sherdog.
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8. Tony Ferguson (Wins In A Row: 12)
Training methods used by “El Cucuy” can be described as extraterrestrial. The muscular, lengthy lightweight is the reigning UFC lightweight champion and was an interim lightweight champion. His ascension up the lightweight rankings included most of the other finest counter-striking and submit the division had to offer at the moment. Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov, which itself was scheduled four times but always fell through for various reasons, appears to have gotten away. The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak was the most recent. Justin Gaethje, who stepped in for Nurmagomedov at UFC 249, might bring a stop to his unbeaten record.
9. Amanda Nunes (Wins In A Row: 12)
At UFC 259, Nunes won her 12th fight by submitting the former Invicta FC featherweight champion from the first round. She made the win look effortless, and she’s beaten some of the sport’s toughest female competitors. She defeated Holly Holm, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, and Cris “Cyborg” Justino during her hot streak. Nunes was still under when she began her winning run, and she is the ideal illustration of how your victories will tell for themselves. This is regardless of how combat sports marketing works, unless you’re excellent at who you are.
After Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier, she is the first woman to become a two-division UFC champion and the third fighter in UFC history to hold crowns in two weight classes at the same time. She is also the first and only woman in UFC history to successfully defend two titles in a row. Nunes is largely recognised as the all-time best female mixed martial artist. She is currently ranked #1 in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings as of June 2, 2020.
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10. Royce Gracie (Wins In A Row: 11)
Anybody who has followed mixed-martial-arts for as long as anyone can remember is familiar with Royce Gracie. He is the first UFC champion, pre-weight divisions and the unifying regulations that helped form the sport into what it is today for viewers. Gracie’s unbeaten streak started in the UFC, and the fact that so many of them happened on the same night would always place him in a league of his own.
Gracie rose to prominence as a result of his accomplishments in the UFC. He won the UFC 1, 2, and 4 tournaments between 1993 and 1994. He was indeed recognized for his duel alongside Ken Shamrock, whom he defeated in UFC 1 before fighting to a tie in a rematch for the Superfight Championship at UFC 5.
With his accomplishments contributing to the push towards wrestling and ground combat in the sport, Royce Gracie promoted Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and changed to mixed martial arts. Inside MMA listed Gracie as the third-greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all time in 2008.
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