By News Team
24th June 2020
There are a string of UFC records that could be broken in the not too distant future.
We’ve rounded them up below and profiled the fighters that could be set to make history.
Most consecutive finishes: Charles Oliveira
Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva currently boasts the record for most consecutive finishes with eight, a run he put together between April 2006 and July 2008. Some 12 years on and fellow Brazilian Charles Oliveira is hunting down the record after amassing seven consecutive UFC finishes.
Oliveira tapped out Kevin Lee in his last bout and already holds the record of most submission finishes in UFC history so will be keen to add another record to his impressive CV.
Although he doesn’t currently have a fight booked, a rematch with Donald Cerrone looks to be in the pipeline as Oliveira aims to equal Silva’s record.
Most title defences: Jon Jones
Much has been made about Jon Jones’ future in recent weeks after a public spat with UFC president, Dana White. ‘Bones’ has dominated the light heavyweight division for the best part of a decade, successfully defending the belt on 11 separate occasions.
His points win over Dominick Reyes in February put him level with Demetrius Johnson for the most UFC title defences in history and Jones will likely surpass this record if he does decide to return to the octagon.
Although he has no opponent lined up currently, it looks like number three-ranked light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz will be the next man to try to take Jones’ belt from him.
Most knockouts: Thiago Santos/Matt Brown
Although there are currently four men chasing down the legendary Vitor Belfort’s record for most UFC knockouts (12), Brazilian Thiago Santos, currently on 11, looks the most likely to claim this long-standing record. ‘Marreta’ lost his last bout with Jones in July 2019 via a split decision, having won eight of his last nine fights before that.
The Brazilian is still recovering from an ACL injury sustained in the Jones fight, and this could open the door for Matt Brown (11) – who made a return to the octagon with a TKO win over Ben Saunders at UFC 245 – to clinch the record for himself.
With both Anderson Silva and Anthony Johnson also just one behind Belfort’s tally, this record could well change hands several times in the next few years.
Most consecutive wins: Khabib Nurmagomedov/Amanda Nunes/Kamaru Usman
Another record currently held by Anderson Silva is the most consecutive wins in UFC history. The ‘Spider’ won 16 consecutive bouts between June 2006 and July 2013, when he lost in famous fashion to Chris Weidman.
Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is currently on a 12-fight win streak in the UFC and looks the biggest threat to Silva’s record. ‘The Eagle’ has beaten a who’s who of names in the lightweight division but will likely have to overcome interim champion Justin Gaethje in his next appearance if he is to surpass Silva’s mark.
Two-weight world champion Amanda Nunes is herself on an 11-fight winning streak after beating Felicia Spencer at UFC 250. As arguably the greatest female combat athlete of all-time, Nunes may very well have Silva’s record in her sights if she is willing to commit to another five fights.
Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has also won his last 11 bouts and will look to make it 12 at UFC 251 as he takes on team-mate Gilbert Burns. Usman is yet to lose in the UFC, and at 33 is entering his prime. He’s currently the 1/2 favourite to pick up the win, with Burns available at 8/5.