UFC 302: 5 Records That Could Be Broken in Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier’s Title Fight

UFC 302: 5 Records That Could Be Broken in Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier’s Title Fight

Byron Pillay
May 29, 2024 at 9:32 PM
  • Islam Makhachev will look to defend his UFC Lightweight title for the third time
  • Dustin Poirier can pick up his 10th knockout victory in the Lightweight division
  • Makhachev can beat a record set by the former champ, Khabib Nurmagomedov

The Lightweight title is on the line in the main event of UFC 302.

Defending champion Islam Makhachev will face off against Dustin Poirier, looking to hold onto his strap.

Islam Makhachev will look to defend his title against Dustin Poirier at UFC 302.
Records could be broken in the main even of UFC 302 between Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier for the Lightweight title. Image: Mike Roach.
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While the gold is on the line, there are records that can be broken during the fight, and Sports Brief looks at three Makhachev can break and two that Poirier is in line to smash.

5 records UFC main event could break

Most consecutive title defences (Makhachev)

Holding onto a title in the UFC currently is not easy.

The organisation is stacked with talented fighters, and champions don’t remain champions for too long.

Makhachev has defended his title twice thus far and is tied with three other fighters for the most consecutive title defences of the current champions.

Leon Edwards, Alexandre Pantoja, and Zhang Weili have also defended their belts twice. Victory over Poirier will see Makhachev stand alone.

Most consecutive Lightweight title defences (Makhachev)

While it won’t technically be a record-breaking feat, Makhachev can become a joint record holder with a victory in the main event.

Beating Poirier will see the Russian fighter tie his mentor for having the all-time consecutive lightweight title defences.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, Benson Henderson, Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn all sit atop the ladder with three title defences.

As noted by the BBC, Nurmagomedov will be in Makhachev’s corner for the fight.

Longest win streak in Lightweight division (Makhachev)

The champion can also surpass his mentor Nurmagomedov on the list of fighters with the longest win streak in the Lightweight division.

The two Russians are currently tied on 12 wins in a row, along with Tony Ferguson.

Makachev has not suffered defeat in the UFC since being beaten by Adriano Martins in 2015 and has a 13-fight win streak overall.

Most appearances without a title win (Poirier)

The Diamond can make history at UFC 302 in one of two ways, but the first isn’t much to brag about.

If Poirier wins at UFC 302, he will hold the record for most fights before winning the belt. Charles Oliveira is the record holder at 28 fights, while Poirier will be competing in his 31st.

He has had two title fights in the past but never won the undisputed title.

Most knockouts in the Lightweight division (Poirier)

For the second record, Poirier will have to knock out Makhachev, something he’s only experienced once before.

The Diamond is currently tied with Drew Dober on nine for the most knockout wins in the division.

His last victory by KO/ TKO came against Benoit Saint-Denis in March.

Carlos Ulberg enters Lightweight record books

Makhachev and Poirier may be two talented Lightweights, but they haven’t scored quick knockout wins.

Carlos Ulberg recently entered the record books when he secured one of the fastest wins in the division.

The New Zealander needed just 12 seconds to beat Alonzo Menifield, Sports Brief previously reported.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.