Are you tired of getting pwned in MMA (mixed martial arts) forums? Does your lack of UFC knowledge leave you scouring the internet for days to gather that vital information required to present a decent argument? Well, worry not you keyboard warriors, we here at LowKickMMA have compiled a completely comprehensive list of all current UFC record holders and a breakdown of all the UFC stats you’ll ever need to know.
It’s all right here, in one place, every single UFC record holder listed, and the stats broken down for the best fighter in each of the categories. The statistics displayed are current as of UFC 28 (unless otherwise stated) when the promotion began using the unified rules of MMA, and are current as of the day of publishing (August 16th, 2015).
Without further ado, the UFC All-Time Stats & Record Holders list, and first up we’ll start with time….
- 1 Shortest Average Fight Time (min. 5 fights)
- 2 Longest Average Fight Time (min. 5 fights)
- 3 Longest Total Fight Time (includes pre-UFC 28)
- 4 Knockdowns Landed
- 5 Significant Strikes Landed
- 6 Highest Significant Strike Accuracy (min. 5 fights and 350 attempted strikes)
- 7 SLpM-Significant Strikes Landed Per Minute (Min. 5 fights)
- 8 Striking Differential (Min. 5 fights)
- 9 Significant Strike Defense (min. 5 fights and 350 attempted strikes)
- 10 Total Strikes Landed
- 11 Takedowns Landed
- 12 Takedown Defense (Min. 5 fights and 20 TD attempts by opponents)
- 13 Takedown accuracy (min. 5 fights and 20 TD attempted)
- 14 Submission Attempts
- 15 Submission Average per 15 minute fight (Min. 5 fights)
- 16 Consecutive wins
- 17 Most Wins
- 18 Most UFC Bouts
- 19 Most Wins in UFC Title Fights
- 20 Most Consecutive UFC Title Defenses
- 21 Most UFC Title Bouts
Shortest Average Fight Time (min. 5 fights)
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is the fastest average fight time among current UFC fighters, but James Irvin and Drew McFedries, both former UFC athletes, top the list officially.
More often than not it was the speed in which they lost that sees McFedries and ‘The Sandman’ at the top of this category, which makes Rousey’s top three placement all the more impressive when you consider the fact she’s undefeated.
So who has the longest fight time? I’ll give you a clue; it isn’t Georges St-Pierre…..
Longest Average Fight Time (min. 5 fights)
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has spent the most time in the octagon, on average, during his seven-fight career. With only two finishses, and one coming in the fourth round, ‘Scarface’ certainly knows how to take his time.
Backing him up are frequent decision winners Demetrious Johnson and Frankie Edgar.
So, who has the longest overall octagon time? It still isn’t GSP….
Longest Total Fight Time (includes pre-UFC 28)
Frankie Edgar is miles ahead of the competition in this category, having seen the judge’s scorecards 12 times since joining the UFC in 2007, with seven of those decisions coming in five round fights.
With most of the top five now out of action, Edgar’s closest match is British slugger Michael Bisping.
|5||Junior Dos Santos||12|
Former UFC middleweight champion and world class striker Anderson Silva tops the list, and is pretty free and clear of the rest of the pack.
With Chuck Liddell and Melvin Guillard no longer active in the UFC, and ‘The Spider’ expecting a 2016 return, it’s a safe bet to assume he’ll remain atop the list for some time to come.
So how about significant strikes landed?
Significant Strikes Landed
There has long been a dispute over what a significant strike actually is, but Michael Bisping tops the list regardless. The English UFC middleweight outguns formidable foes in GSP and ‘The Answer’, with his high pace/volume gameplan.
Aside from Edgar, don’t expect anyone to catch up with ‘The Count’ any time soon.
Highest Significant Strike Accuracy (min. 5 fights and 350 attempted strikes)
Dutch kickboxing ace Alistair Overeem tops the list with a whopping 74.5% connect rate in sig. strikes, attained during his seven-fight/four-year UFC career.
”The Reem’ pips notable striker Anderson Silva and Jiu Jitsu fighter Trevor Smith to the post, making ‘The Demolition Man’ the most clinical stand up fighter today.
Let’s talk volume…..
SLpM-Significant Strikes Landed Per Minute (Min. 5 fights)
Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez’s agressive boxing and ground ‘n’ pound sees him top the list in terms of SLpM, accumulated over a 13-fight/seven-year UFC run.
UFC women’s bantamweight contender Jessica Andrade earns a very respectable second place on the list, with Conor McGregor holding up the top 10, which has very little between most entrants.
So who is up on the striking stakes?
Striking Differential (Min. 5 fights)
In terms of hitting and not getting hit, it’s once again the Mexican former heavyweight boss Velasuez with the top spot. ‘CV’ started life as a wrestler in the world of sports, but has clearly evolved in to a very complete martial artist.
Alistair Overeem and Todd Duffee rack up good totals, and note that Conor McGregor has surpassed former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at the bottom end of the scale.
So how about defense?
Significant Strike Defense (min. 5 fights and 350 attempted strikes)
Former UFC heavyweight and TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) veteran Jon Madsen fought five times with a 4-1 tally before being mysteriously cut by the UFC.
During that time, Madsen compiled an impressive 81.4% sig. strike defense rate, making him harder to hit than Georges St-Pierre, Phil Davis and Ryan Bader to name a few from the top 10.
Surely ‘Rush’ is going to top one of the striking lists….
Total Strikes Landed
Former 170-pound kingpin and consensus GOAT GSP finally tops a list, as the most strikes landed overall. At over 2,500, ‘Rush’ proves that you don’t have to be a pure striker to get a high volume.
Jon Fitch and Frankie Edgar are miles behind ‘Rush’, so it’s not likely the former champion will be dislodged in the near future.
Another victory for the Canadian legend, as he scores the most sacks in UFC history with 87. Veteran UFC lightweight Glieson Tibau is hot on the heels of the former champ though.
Frankie Edgar and Clay Guida are still n the mix, but they have a ways to go yet.
So, takedown defense?
Takedown Defense (Min. 5 fights and 20 TD attempts by opponents)
Former UFC bantamweight champ Renan Barao remains perfect in terms of takedown defense, having 100%. ‘Baron’s’ huge size advantage and subsequent boost in strength plays a huge factor in his lofty placement.
Close behind are welterweight slugger Tyron Woodley, and former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones. No one on the current list will ever be able to match that tally, the question is how long will the Brazilian remain there?
Takedown accuracy (min. 5 fights and 20 TD attempted)
Although nowhere near the volume of GSP, current welterweight champion Robbie Lawler is ahead of the pack by a long shot with his surgical 80% takedown success rate.
Even the calculatin ‘Dragon’ Lyoto Machida only sacks 63.6%, with ‘Ruthless’ ahead of the retired St-Pierre by nearly 7%, expect Lawler to remain number one for some time to come.
Veteran UFC lightweight Jim Miller has made the most ever submission attempts, leading to six wins by tap, nap or snap during a 20-fight/seven-year UFC career.
His most notable victory by submission was arguably his technical guillotine win over Yancy Medeiros, or his rear naked choke against Melvin Guillard. His closest competition is the currently active Joe Lauzon, so he shouldn’t get comfy at the top.
Subs per three-round fight….
Submission Average per 15 minute fight (Min. 5 fights)
British UFC veteran Paul Sass, nickname ‘Sassangle’, scored three straight first round submission wins to rack up this nearly unbeatable tally, before getting cut after two straight losses in 2012/13.
Sass would go on to fight once more as a pro, a submission win at Bellator 104 in 2013, and has not competed since.
Most consecutive wins….
|Jon Jones||12||2010-2015 (active)|
|Georges St. Pierre||12||2007-2013 (active)|
|Chris Weidman||9||2011-2015 (active)|
|Junior dos Santos||9||2008-2012|
|Donald Cerrone||8||2013-2015 (active)|
|Demetrious Johnson||8||2012-2015 (active)|
|Chuck Liddell||7, 7||2004-2006, 1999-2002|
|Jose Aldo||7||2011-2014 (active)|
|Raphael Assuncao||7||2011-2014 (active)|
|^ Rich Franklin||7||2003-2006|
|^ Randy Couture||7||1997-2001|
|^ Pat Miletich||7||1998-2000|
There’s a serious chance the former P4P topper Anderson Silva will never be dislodged from his record-holding spot with 16 wins, as his form was simply incredible during his unbeaten spree.
Chris Weidman has a good shot at the record if he can stay on track, aside from him, unless Jon Jones comes back, ‘The Spider’ doesn’t really have any serious active threats right now.
|Georges St. Pierre||19||2||0|
|Rafael dos Anjos||13||5||0|
‘Rush’ remains atop the list of most wins, but could easily get moved down in the next few years with many of the list remaining active and well within their shelf life.
Talking of longevity….
Most UFC Bouts
|Melvin Guillard||22||12-9-0, 1 NC|
|Georges St. Pierre||21||19-2-0|
Former UFC light-heavyweight champion and controversial figure Tito Ortiz may not have the best reputation with his former employers, but he certainly spent his time well during the 15 years the ‘Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ was under the Zuffa banner.
That said, Michael Bisping, Glieson Tibau and Frank Mir could all realistically top Ortiz’s record.
Most Wins in UFC Title Fights
|Georges St. Pierre||12||2||0|
Another top spot for ‘Rush’, won’t be broken for a long time either, so on to title defense streaks…..
Most Consecutive UFC Title Defenses
|Georges St. Pierre||9||2008-2013 (relinquished title)|
|Jon Jones||8||2011-2015 (relinquished title)|
|Jose Aldo *||7||2011-2014 (active)|
|Ronda Rousey +||7||2013-2015 (active)|
|Demetrious Johnson||6||2012-2015 (active)|
|Matt Hughes||5, 2||2002-2003, 2005-2006|
Records reflect UFC title bouts only. Tournament wins and Superfight titles are not included.
All fighters with 2 or more consecutive title defenses in the UFC are included.
* WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and WEC bantamweight champion Dominic Cruz were awarded UFC championship titles as a part of the WEC/UFC merger, technically marking their first UFC bouts as title defences.
+ StrikeForce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was awarded the UFC championship title as a part of the StrikeForce/UFC merger, technically marking her first UFC bout as a title defence.
And the most title fights?
Most UFC Title Bouts
|Fighter||Title Bouts||Record (W-L-D)|
|Georges St. Pierre||14||12-2-0|
UFC hall of famer, former light-heavyweight and heavyweight five-time champion Randy Couture is light years ahead of the rest, and will likely never be dethroned.
That’s a wrap folks, thanks for reading!
All stats and information were sourced on Wikipedia.org, Fightmatrix.com and FightMetric.com.