Winning streaks can set up title fights, span championship reigns, and build lasting legacies. They are the stuff of legend for a select few fighters in Ultimate Fighting Championship history. While there have been a few pretty good unbeaten runs in UFC history, these are the 10 best UFC winning streaks of all time.
Top 10 UFC winning streaks
10. Israel Adesanya
Israel Adesanya opened his UFC career with nine straight victories and blazed a trail in being recognized as one of the very best strikers in the sport, and a top-10 pound-for-pound talent. He earned several highlight-reel finishes, usurped the thrown from Anderson Silva as the most awe-inspiring strikers on earth, and ended the championship reign of one of the best middleweights of the last decade in Robert Whittaker.
Notable wins: Anderson Silva, Robert Whittaker, Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa
9. Conor McGregor
Oddly enough, number seven on our list had seven straight memorable wins. In winning his first seven UFC bouts, Conor McGregor was the most destructive force the featherweight division had seen up until then. Only one man on that hit list got to the judge's scorecards, and it's the man in front of him on this list, Max Holloway. McGregor racked up four first-round knockouts, with the final one being a crushing KO over featherweight great Jose Aldo in a mere 13 seconds. Ending the greatest title run in division history and stamping his place as a top star in the sport.
Notable wins: Jose Aldo, Dustin Poirier, Max Holloway
8. Charles Oliveira
The current lightweight champion is in the midst of an amazing career renaissance. He has won 10 straight in arguably the best division in the UFC and scored monumental victories over elite talent and former champions like Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler, and Tony Ferguson. What makes it all the more absurd is he has also got finishes in all but one of those wins. Unsurprisingly, the uber-durable Ferguson is the only man to survive to the end against "Do Bronx."
Notable wins: Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler, Tony Ferguson, Jim Miller
7. Demetrious Johnson
Demetrious Johnson's list of notable victims may not seems as impressive as some of his contemporaries on the list, but he was a victim of his own excellence. He made talented fighters look mediocre, and did so regularly. In his 13-fight win streak, he set records, built a division, became its greatest product, maintained a consistent spot near the top of the pound-for-pound rankings, and is universally viewed as at least in the top five of greatest fighters to ever compete in the sport. The names on his hit list may not impress you, but his amazing display of legendary talent during that run should.
Notable wins: Joseph Benavidez, Henry Cejudo
6. Khabib Nurmagomedov
In time, Khabib Nurmagomedov's 13-fight win streak may inch closer to the top spot, just not yet. He dominated the competition in one of the longest UFC win streaks we've seen, however, the difficulty in beating some of the top stars of today is their legacies are unsettled, so the value in those wins will vary in time. That said, in the next five to ten years, we may look back at "The Eagle's" undefeated Octagon run as unreachable, and his lightweight championship wins over the likes of Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, and Justin Gaethje as a legendary hit list.
Notable wins: Rafael dos Anjos, Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje
5. Kamaru Usman
In winning 15-straight fights and counting, and season 21 winner of The Ultimate Fighter, Kamaru Usman, has stamped his place on the Mount Olympus of UFC welterweights. However, unlike Nurmagomedov his place on the list will continue to rise in the next few years as his wins over Jorge Masvidal, Leon Edwards, Gilbert Burns, and Colby Covington take on greater value and meaning in the history of the sport.
Notable wins: Jorge Masvidal (2X), Colby Covington (2X), Tyron Woodley, Rafael dos Anjos
4. Georges St-Pierre
Georges St-Pierre is one of just three on this list that did not see their most memorable win streak ended. The other two being Nurmagomedov and the person ahead of him, on this list. St-Pierre's 13 fight win streak is deep with absolute killers from the last two decades of the welterweight division. Men like Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz, and Jake Shields could have been champions if not for GSP's existence. Then there are the victories over Hall of Famers BJ Penn and Matt Hughes in their prime.
Finally, the streak continued after a four-year retirement, when "Rush" moved up to middleweight and became a two-division champion by beating Michael Bisping. He's also one of just two people on this list two win two titles during their unbelievable run.
Notable wins: BJ Penn, Matt Hughes, Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz, Michael Bisping
3. Amanda Nunes
Some may question Amanda Nunes' win streak being above St-Pierre's. However, when you win 12 straight and become the greatest fighter ever for an entire gender, you did something absurdly special. During her unbeaten run, which has yet to end, Nunes ran through a whose-who of women's MMA. Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko, and Cris "Cyborg" Justino all fell before her might. All of them are former or current world champions and only Shevchenko wasn't finished in those bouts.
Notable wins: Valentina Shevchenko (2X), Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, Cris "Cyborg," Miesha Tate
2. Anderson Silva
In getting the longest undefeated win streak in UFC history, including setting a new record for most title fights and defenses, Anderson Silva became a UFC legend. He ran through talented fighters and champions of his time like Yushin Okami, Rich Frankin, and Dan Henderson. He turned away his greatest rivals in Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort when they rose up and made fans think the king may fall. He even went up in weight three times, and on one occasion, beat a former champion in Forrest Griffin. Making the fan-favorite look utterly foolish throughout. And, he earned 14 finishes in what was an unforgettable run of destruction.
Notable wins: Rich Franklin (2X), Chael Sonnen (2X), Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, Dan Henderson
1. Jon Jones
If you were to make a list of the best UFC light heavyweights of all time, Jon Jones fought most of them, beat them, and decisively. Over 13 fights from 2010 to 2017 he beat six former or future UFC champions and finished all but two of those men. In that span, he lost just a handful of rounds and was often near or at the top of the pound-for-pound rankings.
It's a run that has put "Bones" in the discussion as the greatest fighter of all time. However, another recent run-in with the law has not only derailed plans for a new streak at heavyweight but his career altogether.
Notable wins: Daniel Cormier, Lyoto Machida, "Shogun Rua," Quinton Jackson, Rashad Evans