UFC is still a relatively new sport, with the promotion forming in 1993 and becoming one of the biggest sports on the globe. Almost every household UFC name you’ve known has fought under its banner and many have been thrust into the limelight earning untold riches.
Becoming a UFC champion is a foot not many fighters reach and it’s the sole reason many ply their trade in the franchise. Along the way to UFC greatness, there are many milestones and unprecedented achievements fighters can accomplish. With that said – SinkorSwimSports takes a look at the top 6 UFC records of all time.
Cage denizen Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone holds the most wins in the UFC at 23. The veteran gunslinger has appeared in 37 fights (the second-most behind Jim Miller with 38), losing 13 and one no-contest bout. These wins from Cerrone are a result of the American yoyoing between the lightweight and welterweight divisions since 2011. He won 14 of those 23 via stoppage, either way by KO/TKO or submission.
Cerrone is currently riding a five-fight losing skid, falling short against Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, Conor McGregor, Anthony Pettis and Alex Morono. UFC royalty Cerrone is next fighting in the eight walls of death against Joe Lauzon on June 18th at Fight Night on ESPN 37 which is pencilled in as his retirement bout.
The most finishes in the UFC belong to Brazilian brawler Charles Oliveira with 19 and tops veterans Anderson Silva and Donald Cerrone. Most recently the former lightweight champion astonished in Arizona as he submitted the venerable Dustin Poirier in the first round back at UFC 274.
The most submission wins also belong to Charles Oliveira with 16 in the UFC. Oliveira has submitted 16 out of his 20 opponents with two submission wins in his last three visits to the cage.
Another impressive UFC record is the most knockouts in the franchise – which the ever-dangerous Derrick Lewis owns. ‘The Black Beast’ has put 13 men to the sword via KO/TKO finishes and is one of the most dangerous men on the planet with two gloves on. The Louisiana native surpassed Matt Brown with the most knockout wins with 13.
Lewis scored a first-round knockout win over Chris Daukaus last December to become the new record holder in the category. Lewis has honed his craft in 25 fights since signing under the UFC banner back in 2014 – with a whopping 17 wins. Only his fights against Roy Nelson, Francis Ngannou, and Ilir Latifi were decision wins, and the rest were knockouts.
Most Strikes Landed
Although the explosive striker lost his featherweight strap to the 145lbs kingpin Alexander Volkanovski, Max Holloway continues to chalk up UFC records. The Hawaiian owns the UFC record of most strikes landed in the UFC – with 3,056 in only 25 fights.
The former champion displayed his tenacity in his last contest as he punished Calvin Kattar landing a record 445 strikes in a 25 minute mauling of the American. The fight was sensational and Holloway eclipsed his last record of 290 strikes by nothcing an added 155 strikes. Considering Holloway is turning 31-years-old this year, the spellbinding striker could increase this metric to an uncatchable foot.
Spoken in the same sentence as GOAT, George St-Pierre claimed the record for most number of takedowns in the UFC with 90 in just 23 bouts. The French Canadain sent shockwaves into the promotion as he became a fan-favourite chalking up 26 wins in his 28 appearances in the franchise.
St-Pierre has dispatched some of the UFC greats in his time in the octagon – putting Michael Bisping to the sword, Nick Diaz and BJ Penn to name a few veterans. The only two active fighters that could dethorne the great middleweight are Merab Dvalishvili and number four-ranked heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes.
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