UFC: Longest Win Streaks in History as Lightweight Champion Islam Makhachev Climbs the List

UFC: Longest Win Streaks in History as Lightweight Champion Islam Makhachev Climbs the List

Byron Pillay
June 2, 2024 at 4:56 PM
  • Islam Makhachev continued his dominance in the UFC with a fifth-round victory over Dustin Poirier for the Lightweight title
  • Makhachev surpassed a total set by his mentor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, for the most consecutive victories in the UFC
  • World Heavyweight champion Jon Jones has a chance to reach 14 consecutive wins when he eventually returns from injury

Islam Makhachev is closing in on a long-standing record in the UFC.

The Russian fighter is proving to be not only one of the most dominant champions in the organisation but also one of the most dominant fighters of all time.

Islam Makhachev beat Dustin Poirier to extend his streak to 14 wins.
Islam Makhachev picked up the 14th win in a row in his career as he beat Dustin Poirier at UFC 302. Image: Jeff Bottari.
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With his win over Dustin Poirier, Makhachev took his win streak to 14, but it isn’t the longest in UFC history.

Sports Brief examines who has the longest win streak and where Makachev fits on the list.

UFC fighters with longest win streaks

Anderson Silva

The Spider will go down as one of the greatest Middleweights in the history of the UFC.

The former champion had a 16-fight win streak that started in April 2006, and ended in 2012 when Stephan Bonnar beat him.

Since retiring in 2019, Silva took up boxing and will compete against Chael Sonnen in June in a boxing match, Bleacher Report noted.

Kamaru Usman

The Nigerian Nightmare also cemented himself as a dominant champion in the UFC.

Usman went on a 15-fight win streak before Leon Edwards dethroned him as the Welterweight champion.

The former champion's streak ran from December 2013 to August 2022, and he is currently on a three-match losing streak.

Islam Makhachev

The Lightweight champion is currently on a 14-fight win streak, one more than his mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The Russian has won 26 fights in his career and has only ever lost one.

His most recent victory came over Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 302.

Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, Demetrious Johnson, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Max Holloway

Five men occupy positions four to eight, with all of them 13 wins.

Only Jones is currently an active competitor, and his win streak is also active. He will have a chance to extend his winning streak when he eventually defends his heavyweight title.

talkSPORT recently noted that Bones had a date in mind for his return but would not divulge that.

Amanda Nunes, Tony Ferguson, Alexander Volkanovski

Three greats of the UFC are all tied on 12 wins.

While Nunes has since retired, Ferguson and Volkanovski are still competing.

Ferguson, who is now 40, will return to action in August. Volanovski last competed in a loss against Ilia Topuria for the Featherweight strap.

Makhachev defeats Volkanovski to retain title

Sports Brief previously reported how Makhachev retained his title in a rematch against Australia’s Volkanoski.

The Russian needed just one round to beat the Featherweight champion in their rematch for the championship.

Makhachev and Volk fought for the battle in February, with the Russian fighter defending his title in a five-round war.

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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.