When Islam Makhachev fights Bobby Green this weekend, he’ll get the opportunity to earn his 10th consecutive win. Aside from Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira, this is the longest active winning streak in the division. A win against Green is likely to secure Makhachev a title shot.
In a sport where there are so many ways to lose, winning 10 consecutive fights is quite impressive. Let’s take a look at 10 active UFC fighters that are on at least a 10 fight winning streak.
The only loss of Kamaru Usman’s professional career came against Jose Caceres in May of 2013. Since that fight, Usman has gone one of the most legendary runs in the history of mixed martial arts. He’s won 19 consecutive fights with 15 of those wins taking place in the UFC. Since becoming the UFC Welterweight Champion in March of 2019, Usman has gone on to defend his title 5x and has started to lap the division. He holds wins against, Gilbert Burns, Leon Edwards, Tyron Woodley, Rafael dos Anjos, Sean Strickland, and has defeated both Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal twice. Usman is the current pound for pound #1 fighter in the world and could be the greatest Welterweight of all time when it’s all said and done.
Not only does the Welterweight division have the current pound for pound #1 fighter in the world, it has the most promising prospect in recent memory. Khamzat Chimaev has finished every opponent he’s fought and hasn’t even gone past the 2nd round. Khamzat has dominated the opposition in both the Welterweight and Middleweight divisions. With a fight targeted against Gilbert Burns on April 9th, Khamzat Chimaev could be one win away from a super fight against Kamaru Usman for the Welterweight title.
Alexander Volkanovski has quietly become one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world. He’s on a 20 fight winning streak that dates back to December of 2013. Volkanovski is highly decorated, winning Championships in every promotion he’s competed in. The Cage Conquest Welterweight title, the Roshambo Welterweight title, the AFC Featherweight title, the PXC Featherweight title, the Wollongong Wars Lightweight title, and the coveted UFC Featherweight title. Alexander Volkanovski is as great as he says he is. In his last 5 fights, he’s defeated Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, Brian Ortega, and Max Holloway twice. That’s the very best of the Feathweight division. Volkanovski is set to defend his Championship against the Korean Zombie at UFC 273 on April 9th as he aims to extend his winning streak to 21 fights.
Khamzat Chimaev is not the only rising threat to the Welterweight division. Shavkat Rakhmonov has arrived to the UFC and has demolished the opposition. Rakhmonov has finished every opponent he’s fought in spectacular fashion. Of his 15 wins, 8 have come by knockout and 7 by submission. Rakhmonov was thrown to the wolves in his UFC debut, finishing the experienced Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira in his first fight with the promotion. He’s a former M-1 Weltweright Champion with the ambition to become a future UFC Welterweight Champion.
Mark Madsen became an Olympic Silver Medalist in Greco Roman Wrestling at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Wrestling is the most important base in MMA. It dictates where a fight can take place. Madsen has the potential of doing well in the UFC as long as he sharpens all of his tools. Madsen is 3-0 in the Octagon and will make his return to action at UFC 273 against Vinc Pichel.
Prior to entering the UFC, Sean Brady won the Cage Fury FC Welterweight Championship and defended the title twice. He recently earned himself a position in the top 10 of the Welterweight rankings when he defeated Michael Chiesa this past November. Now that he’s in the top 10, we’re going to find out how good Sean Brady really is as he must now go through the top of the division.
Bryce Mitchell is one of the most promising prospects in the Featherweight division. He’s a grappling specialist that’s finished 9 out of his 14 wins by submission. Mitchell will face the biggest challenge of his career at UFC 272 when he takes on Edson Barboza. If gets past Barboza, we’ll know that Bryce Mitchell is the real deal.
We’re witnessing a career renaissance with Charles Oliveira. He’s become a man in front of our eyes inside the Octagon. He made his UFC debut in 2010 when he was just 20 years old. He’s competed at the highest level since he was a kid and he’s learned from every loss. After losing to Paul Felder in December of 2017, Oliveira flipped the switch and became a brand new fighter.
It’s not often that a fighter earns a title shot in the UFC after only 2 fights with the promotion, but that’s what Jiris Prochazka did. Prior to entering the UFC, Prochazka went on a knockout spree, stopping 9 out of 10 opponents. The UFC matchmakers immediately threw Prochazka to the wolves matching him up with Volkan Oezdemir in his UFC debut. Prochazka finished Oezdemir by knockout. This was the first time that Oezdemir had ever been finished by a single punch. Prochazka was then matched up against Dominick Reyes who had just come off back to back fights for the UFC Light Heavyweight title. Prochazka finished Reyes with a highlight reel spinning back elbow knockout. He pushes a relentless pace the entire fight. Prochazka will challenge Glover Teixeira for the Light Heavyweight title at UFC 274 on May 9th.
Had referee Steve Mazzagatti not disqualified Jon Jones against Matt Hamill, Jones would have a professional record 26-0-1. Jon Jones has never been inside a cage where an opponent has had his hand raised. Jones has defeated multiple generations of Light Heavyweights and became arguably the greatest fighter of all time. He’s had controversy inside and outside the cage, but he’s always remained a special talent. Jones will silence his critics if he’s able to finally move up to Heavyweight and become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. His last fight felt anti-climatic. Hopefully, his story isn’t over yet.