Most Successful UFC Title Defenses [Top 12]

Since it debuted in 1993, the UFC has become synonymous with mixed martial arts (MMA). It is where most of the top fighters in the world ply their trade as they bid to be known as the best of the best.

Thanks to its mixture of fighting styles, there are a lot of challenging matchups, often making it very hard to go on a winning streak. Putting together a series of wins is hard enough as you are rising through the ranks but it only gets harder once you make it to the top.

Fighters are desperate to steal the title belt from the champion, so those at the top of the mountain must fight harder than ever to stay there. With the challenge being so tough, only a handful of UFC champions make successful title defenses. Let’s take a look at which fighters have the most successful UFC title defenses in the organisation’s history.

Which UFC Fighter Has the Most Successful Title Defenses?

The competitive world of mixed martial arts means that winning a title is hard enough. To go on and defend it takes some serious skill and willpower. That said, the UFC fighters with the most successful title defenses are Demetrious Johnson and Jon Jones, both with 11.

With 11 consecutive defenses, it’s easy to see why so many MMA fans considered flyweight Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson as one of the pound-for-pound greats. Perhaps the only real surprise from Johnson’s career is that anyone was ever able to dethrone him.

Jon Jones also has 11 successful title defenses, however they were not fully consecutive due to time spent away from the UFC for the light heavyweight superstar. Jones’ title defense record is split over an initial eight followed by a further three before he vacated the belt once more.

Most Consecutive UFC Title Defenses [Top 12]

FighterDivisionSuccessful DefensesTimeframe
Demetrious JohnsonFlyweight112013 – 2017
Anderson SilvaMiddleweight102007 – 2012
Georges St-PierreWelterweight92008 – 2013
Jon JonesLight Heavyweight8, 32011 – 2015
José AldoFeatherweight72011 – 2014
Valentina ShevchenkoFlyweight72019 – 2022 (active)
Ronda RouseyBantamweight62013 – 2015
Joanna JędrzejczykStrawweight52015 – 2017
Tito OrtizLight Heavyweight52000 – 2002
Amanda NunesBantamweight52016 – 2020
Matt HughesWelterweight52002 – 2003
Kamaru UsmanWelterweight52019 – 2021 (active)
Last updated: 18/06/2022

Last updated: 23/01/2022

Longest UFC Title Reign [Top 3]

FighterDivisionTitle Reign (Days)
Anderson SilvaMiddleweight2,457
Demetrious JohnsonFlyweight2,142
Georges St-PierreWelterweight2,064
Last updated: 18/06/2022

Last updated: 23/01/2022

Longest Current UFC Title Reigns

With the standard of MMA improving all the time, putting together a run of successful title defenses is proving harder and harder. Fighters like Stipe Miocic, Robert Whittaker, and Joanna Jędrzejczyk find themselves without a title.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the UFC fighters who not only hold their titles but have put together successful defenses.

Valentina Shevchenko – Women’s Flyweight (7 Successful Defenses)

OpponentEventDefense RecordWinning Method
Joanna JędrzejczykUFC 231Title-winning fightUnanimous decision
Jessica EyeUFC 2381Knockout
Liz CarmoucheUFC Fight Night 1562Unanimous decision
Katlyn ChookagianUFC 2473TKO
Jennifer MaiaUFC 2554Unanimous decision
Jéssica AndradeUFC 2615TKO
Lauren MurphyUFC 2666TKO
Taila SantosUFC 2757Split Decision
Last updated: 18/06/2022

Kamaru Usman – Men’s Welterweight (5 Successful Defenses)

OpponentEventDefense RecordWinning Method
Tyron WoodleyUFC 235Title-winning fightUnanimous decision
Colby CovingtonUFC 2451TKO
Jorge MasvidalUFC 2512Unanimous decision
Gilbert BurnsUFC 2583TKO
Jorge Masvidal IIUFC 2614Knockout
Colby Covington IIUFC 2685Unanimous decision
Last updated: 18/06/2022

Israel Adesanya – Men’s Middleweight (4 Successful Defenses)

OpponentEventDefense RecordWinning Method
Robert WhittakerUFC 243Title-winning fightKO
Yoel RomeroUFC 2481Unanimous decision
Paulo CostaUFC 2532TKO
Marvin VettoriUFC 2633Unanimous decision
Robert WhittakerUFC 2714Unanimous decision
Last updated: 18/06/2022

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