Who had the greatest win streak in MMA history?


When Chris Weidman beat Anderson Silva Saturday night, the hardcore fanbase immediately made comparisons with Fabricio Werdum beating Fedor Emelianenko back in 2010.  MMAFighting's Dave Meltzer looks at the Fedor and Silva streaks, as well as those of Royce Gracie, Wanderlei Silva, and GSP.

Royce Gracie
•Undefeated in 13 fights, with 11 wins by submission, one decision, one draw (that he likely would have lost had there been judges.
•Streak lasted 17 months.
•Two opponents, Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn, were ever champions in MMA.
•Had the advantage of being born into a family with generations of No Hold Barred fighting, against people with none.

Fedor Emelianenko
•Emelianenko’s 29-fight streak started on April 6, 2001, and ended on June 26, 2010, for more than nine years. Add four fights and a year if you discount the bogus cut stoppage.
•Of his 29 fights, if you throw out the no contest, there were five decisions out of 28, meaning a finishing percentage of 82.1%.
•Ten were against fighters who at some point in their careers held major MMA championships, and that doesn’t include his highest profile career win over Mirko Cro Cop.
•Fought seven pro wrestlers, and MMA was not as evolved as it was during Anderson Silva's run.

Wanderlei Silva
•Unbeaten from August 12, 2000 to December 31, 2004, or nearly four years and five months, earning 16 wins, one draw and one no contest.
•Throwing out the draw and no contest, in his 16 wins, only two were decisions, a finishing percentage of 87.5%.
•Five of his wins came against fighters who won major championships during their career. Three other wins were over Kazushi Sakuraba, an all-time great who never held a major championship.
•Aside from his gimmick match with Cro Cop, he didn’t face a non-Japanese fighter until Quinton Jackson, at which point he had beaten every tough, or even not-so-tough, Japanese in his division.

Georges St-Pierre
•Since the loss to Matt Serra on April 7, 2007, GSP had 11 wins in a row, ten of which were championship matches.
•Tied Silva with ten title match wins in his streak.
•St-Pierre’s finishing percentage of 27 percent is the lowest of the big five. However, he has only been in trouble once, when he was knocked down in his Nov. 17, title defense against Carlos Condit.
•In only one fight, against Jake Shields, did he even lose a single round.
•Six of his 11 wins were against men who held championships of major organizations, and three others, Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and Thiago Alves, were all right at that caliber.

Anderson Silva
Winning streak starting on April 22, 2006, with a first round knockout of Tony Fryklund.
•88.2% finishing rate, the highest of anyone.
•Six of his wins were against fghters who held major championships.
•Overall quality of opposition is second only to St-Pierre.

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The three greatest streaks were by Fedor, Silva, and GSP. Of the three:
•GSP had the highest caliber of competition, and was on the defensive the least, but has the least finishing rate.
•Fedor's was the longest and largest.
•Silva had the highest finishing rate.

Of those three, none stands out inarguably. So that is a good reason on argue about it - who had the greatest stream in MMA history?

And looking forward, we have Jon Jones, Weidman, Jose Aldo, Dominick Cruz, Renan Barao and Ronda Rousey.



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7/9/13 11:23 AM by omega 2013

that's EXACTLY why his win streak isn't legit. 40 year olds,mw's,rookies,cans...lietes,cote,and maia are considered Spider's weakest comp. compare their mma records to zulu,hmc,lindland(@hw)...

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7/9/13 1:53 AM by SUPER HLUK

Fedor, imo.

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7/9/13 1:46 AM by SJBenoist

Fedor.The size differences, the rule-sets he competed under, and the fact that his run was at heavyweight where NOBODY stays on top for long make him far more impressive to me than the other fighters (though GSP's ability to win every round is pretty damn incredible, especially considering the men he has fought!).Some of the later losses would not have been stopped when they were in PRIDE (or in the old days in general). He almost certainly would have been allowed to continue against Big Foot, and possibly against Henderson. They may have resulted in losses anyway, but this is the same guy that had the lights ~75% out when he managed to sub Fujita. I'd be very surprised if Fedor had more lean mass than Jones.

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7/9/13 1:05 AM by murphy365

No love for Rickson?

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7/9/13 12:14 AM by AlexanderTheGOAT

Anderson or Fedor

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7/8/13 11:41 PM by hogh20

Bigfoot just fought for the UFC HW title. Werdum will be fighting for the UGC HW title very soon. Hendo was set to fight for the LHW title. Wow, those three losses compared to Ryo Chonnan and Daiju Takase? Even Weidman at this point, is under those three. Did you miss the part where the OP said that Fedor fought against the most opponents who won belts in major organizations? Yes he has cans, name me one other fighter on this lists who hasn't had cans? You give me Zulu (who was 4-0 and 20-0 in ammy fights) and I will give you Thales Leites, Dan Hardy. BTW, when the hell was Fedor in the UFC??? I must have missed that.

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7/8/13 11:31 PM by GizmodoMMA


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7/8/13 10:40 PM by FLMikeATT

I can't believe so many people are picking Fedor. His streak is impressive until you seriously look at his opponents and see how many of them were freak shows and gimme fights; not to mention the fact that MMA as a whole has evolved tremendously from the time of his reign. True, he does have lots of wins over legit competition, but lets be real here: Cro-Cop, his best win probably, got exposed pretty badly in the UFC. I'm not going to speculate as to the cause of this or make excuses, but Cro-Cop looked exceedingly mortal in the UFC compared to how he was in Pride and his 2006 tournament victory. Fedor's wins over a younger Nog were indeed legit, and Nog was the Heavyweight champion, but the game has passed him by and Nog is not ever going to beat top contenders or champions again.And lets not even get into the fact that Fedor lost 3 consecutive fights convincingly to the likes of Big Foot, Werdum, and Hendo. And then he leaves the UFC and is suddenly back to his winning ways against guys like Monson and Ishii...fighters not even in the HW top 30. Yeah, have to go with GSP and Silva here.

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7/8/13 10:34 PM by monkybus


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7/8/13 10:06 PM by Grouch

Fedor. He seemed to be unstoppable for what seemed to be an eternity. Then you throw in the fact that he could have easily competed at 205 instead of Heavyweight. He did fight a couple cans but for the most part he was fighting some killers over in Pride, which IMO had a superior Heavyweight Division over the UFC at that time.