The top 10 fighters list in the UFC received a new addition during the UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Teixeira event at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. Andrei Arlovski notched up his 18th win in the company. He is now on 18 wins all-time, tied with Rafael dos Anjos and Matt Hughes, which is just 5 behind the current record holder Donald Cerrone. How many fighters are ahead of ‘The Pitbull?’ Here’s taking a look at the fighters with the most wins in UFC history.
Donald Cerrone makes sense at the top as he also leads the list of most UFC fights. ‘The Cowboy’ is making headlines for 4 fight losing streak and has suffered 8 defeats in his last 12 fights. However, his early career was stellar enough to help him maintain his spot atop the rankings for the most wins in UFC history. He has stated his intention to carry on and will know he needs to get his hand raised sooner if he is to keep Demian Maia at bay. He can take solace from the fact that he has a 5-year advantage over the Brazilian.
Demian Maia has won 22 of 32 fights in the UFC since debuting in 2007. The current 7th ranked Welterweight contender had a chance to go level with ‘The Cowboy at UFC Fight Night 170. However, he lost to Gilbert Burns and at 42, he could be running out of time to claim the top spot.
‘The Count’ hung up his gloves after 2 successive losses in 2017. However, he had a glorious career which resulted in him being among the top earners in UFC history. His earnings were not for the name, as he was a fighter with a stellar winning record. He lost just 9 times an 11-year tenure with the company and won the Middleweight Championship once.
Potential Hall of Famer Georges St-Pierre had a 13-year career in the UFC. He became only the 4th fighter to hold championships in two different weight classes. ‘GSP’ last suffered a defeat in 2007 to Matt Serra. There are calls for the Canadian to return. However, based on his comments last month, he is either open to or dismissive towards a return.
The top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter is yet to be defeated by decision or knockout in the UFC. He is jointly 3rd on the list of most wins in UFC history with 20 wins in 22 wins. One defeat was a disqualification, and another was ruled a no-contest as ‘Bones’ tested positive for turinabol.
The Light Heavyweight Champion is 32 and has years ahead of him barring serious injury. He is poised to overtake ‘The Cowboy’ within the next 2 years. In doing so, he will also seek to extend his record of most fights in title wins.
Jim Miller is not in the top 15 of the Lightweight rankings. However, he has the most wins in the UFC as part of the division, with 19 victories. The other win came in a Catchweight bout against Thiago Alves at UFC 205. However, ever since then, A10 is slowing down and has claimed just 3 wins in his next 8 fights.
As of now, Miller is 2 ahead of ‘The Cowboy’ for most wins in the division. However, the real threat could be in the form of the unstoppable Khabib Nurmagomedov who sits at 11 wins.
Diego Sanchez has the fourth-highest wins in UFC history. However, he has had his fair share of losses too, and hasn’t been able to go on a lengthy winning streak. That is to be expected, as most fighters on this list have spent years in the company and gone through numerous ups and downs.
‘Nightmare’ is 36-years old and will be looking to end his career on a high. In the process, he will hope to advance and increase the gap between him and the trifecta locked together on 18.
9th ranked Welterweight fighter and former Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos is tied 5th in the list. He has 18 wins. 4 of these have come at Welterweight, and the remaining have all come at Featherweight. ‘RDA’ has had slump as he won just one of his last 4 fights after 3 consecutive wins at Welterweight, which earned him a title shot against Colby Covington.
The 46-year- old’s wins include an astonishing 2 consecutive 6 fight win streak. He is one of two fighters to beat Georges St-Pierre in the UFC and defended his Welterweight title 7 times. However, his time in the top 10 is slowly but surely running out.
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski went the distance for the 9th time in his last 10 fights in the UFC. He benefited by coronavirus postponements as he got eleven extra days to prepare and condition himself to fight debutant Philipe Lins. It seems as though ‘The Pitbull’ made the most of it to emerge victorious for just the 4th time in his last 9 fights and advance to the top 10 in all-time UFC fight wins.
However, it wasn’t a light’s out dominant display by ‘The Pitbull.’ Instead, it proved to be tactical as the fighter realized he is growing older and needs to fight smart. As is evident from his post-fight interview, he did just that and hopes his new strategy helps him advance on this list.
Do you see ‘The Pitbull’ advancing up the list anymore before he retires? Or do you feel he did not deserve this win too?
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