Myles Jury and the 12 Hottest UFC Winning Streaks Right Now
When one thinks about the hottest fighters in MMA right now, Myles Jury probably doesn't come to mind. However, The Ultimate Fighter veteran has quietly won five in a row, landing him in the Top 15 lightweight rankings and giving him one of the longer winning streaks in the world's top MMA promotion.
On September 20, Jury will attempt to keep his roll going against former Pride FC champion Takenori Gomi. With a convincing win over Gomi, Jury would probably be due a matchup with a Top 10 lightweight, which would give him an opportunity to prove he should be taken seriously as a threat to the 155-pound championship.
Including Jury, the following slides list the 12 active fighters with the longest UFC winning streaks. It should be noted that, due to inactivity, Georges St-Pierre has been excluded. However, with 12 wins in a row, he would top the list upon his return.
4 Tied with 5 Consecutive Wins
Consecutive UFC Wins: 5
Currently, four UFC fighters have five straight wins inside the Octagon. Surprisingly, none of these competitors are champions, and only one is presently in line to fight for UFC gold.
Since losing to featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 148, Chad Mendes has been on a roll, doing his best to prove he's the second best fighter at 145 pounds, which has earned him a rematch with the Brazilian.
Mendes recorded four consecutive knockouts against Clay Guida, Darren Elkins, Yaotzin Meza and Cody McKenzie before most recently edging Nik Lentz on the scorecards. If he can even the score with Aldo on October 25, Mendes would claim the featherweight championship and move into a tie for the fourth longest current UFC winning streak.
Before being sidelined with a concussion, TJ Grant was blazing a path toward the lightweight championship.
Following a loss to Ricardo Almeida, Grant decided to move to 155 pounds, a decision which has turned his career around. Grant submitted Shane Roller in his lightweight debut. Then, he followed that up by beating Carlo Prater, Evan Dunham, Matt Wiman and Gray Maynard.
Grant is expected to return to competition soon and should quickly return to lightweight title-shot conversations.
If not for controversial decision loss to Chris Cariaso, Takeya Mizugaki would be even higher up this list and closer to a bantamweight title shot than he already is.
Mizugaki has gone 6-1 since a July 2011 loss to Brian Bowles. The loss to Cariaso came after a knockout win over Cole Escovedo, but Mizugaki was not discouraged by the rough decision. Instead, he rebounded with five straight decision victories against Jeff Hougland, Bryan Caraway, Erik Perez, Nam Phan and Francisco Rivera.
Should Mizugaki best former champion Dominick Cruz on September 27, he could become the top contender in the 135-pound class.
As mentioned previously, Jury has been trending upward over his past several fights.
With a win over Chris Saunders in his UFC debut, Jury secured a long-term spot on the UFC roster. Since then, he's also beaten Michael Johnson, Ramsey Nijem, Mike Ricci and Diego Sanchez to earn the No. 9 position in the lightweight rankings.
5 Tied with 6 Consecutive Wins
Consecutive UFC Wins: 6
There are currently five fighters with six straight UFC victories. That includes UFC champions Aldo and Demetrious Johnson as well as some elite contenders in the 135- through 155-pound weight classes.
Had WEC wins been included for purposes of these rankings, Aldo would be much higher up the list. However, injuries have prevented the featherweight champion from competing more than twice in a year since he joined the UFC roster.
Still, Aldo has defended his belt numerous times, beating Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, Mendes, Frankie Edgar, Chan Sung Jung and Ricardo Lamas. The 145-pound king will look to pick up a second win over Mendes next month.
Since the UFC flyweight division was created, Johnson has not been beaten.
Mighty Mouse fought to a draw with Ian McCall in his debut at 125 pounds, but he's won all six fights since then. Those victories came against McCall, Joseph Benavidez twice, John Dodson, John Moraga and Ali Bagautinov.
On September 27, Johnson will look to extend his winning streak in a favorable matchup with Cariaso, who many feel is not ready for a shot at the champion.
Undefeated in six UFC appearances, Khabib Nurmagomedov looks like he has the potential to become a future lightweight champion.
With his outstanding wrestling, Nurmagomedov has had little trouble running through his UFC opposition. Rafael dos Anjos, Pat Healy, Abel Trujillo, Thiago Tavares, Gleison Tibau and Kamal Shalorus have all fallen against the Russian.
Since losing to Ricardo Lamas in his UFC debut, Cub Swanson has done nothing but win.
While facing some stiff competition, he has recorded four knockouts in six straight victories. In beating Jeremy Stephens, Dennis Siver, Dustin Poirier, Charles Oliveira, Ross Pearson and George Roop, Swanson has separated himself as one of the top contenders in the featherweight division.
Having defeated current bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw during his current run, it's surprising that Raphael Assuncao isn't lined up to fight for the belt. Instead, the Brazilian is preparing to fight Caraway on October 4 in a bout that could finally earn him a shot at UFC gold.
After losing to Erik Koch at 145 pounds in his UFC debut, Assuncao opted to drop down to 135 pounds, a decision that has seriously elevated his career. Beating Johnny Eduardo, Issei Tamura, Mike Easton, Vaughan Lee, Dillashaw and Pedro Munhoz, Assuncao has not lost in the bantamweight class.
3. Dennis Bermudez
Consecutive UFC Wins: 7
Dennis Bermudez owns a longer UFC winning streak than any non-champion.
Since losing to Diego Brandao in the TUF 14 finals, Bermudez has won seven in a row. Beating Pablo Garza, Tommy Hayden, Matt Grice, Max Holloway, Steven Siler, Jimy Hettes and Clay Guida in succession, Bermudez has earned a Top 10 position in the featherweight rankings.
On November 15, Bermudez will meet former title challenger Ricardo Lamas. With a win over Lamas, Bermudez would be near the front of the line for a shot at the 145-pound championship.
2. Chris Weidman
Consecutive UFC Wins: 8
Chris Weidman wasted little time in reaching the top of the middleweight division. In eight UFC appearances, Weidman has already dethroned the best fighter in MMA history and defended the 185-pound crown on two occasions.
It took wins over Alessio Sakara, Jesse Bongfeldt, Tom Lawlor, Demian Maia and Mark Munoz to earn his shot at Anderson Silva. When Weidman eventually did get his opportunity to fight for UFC gold, he capitalized.
Not distracted by Silva's in-cage antics, Weidman put the Brazilian away with a well-placed hook to the chin. An immediate rematch ended in much different fashion, with Silva breaking his leg badly on a checked kick in the second round.
Following his fights with The Spider, Weidman picked up a win in a much more competitive bout with Lyoto Machida. Now, he's preparing to defend his title for a third time in a matchup with Vitor Belfort.
1. Jon Jones
Consecutive UFC Wins: 11
With seven title defenses at 27 years old, Jon Jones is on his way toward becoming the best ever.
Three consecutive wins over Brandon Vera, Vladimir Matyushenko and Ryan Bader earned Jones a shot at then-champion Mauricio Rua in March 2011. Jones bulldozed Rua before defending his championship against Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira.
What's scary is that Jones' winning streak would be even longer had he not blasted an already battered Matt Hamill with illegal elbows. If Jones had not been disqualified in that matchup in December 2009, his UFC winning streak would be at 15 fights now.
As it is, Jones is preparing for a January bout with Daniel Cormier for a chance to pick up his 12th consecutive victory.