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How UFC 223's Khabib Nurmagomedov can join Royce Gracie and Anderson Silva in UFC lore


UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov can join a rare group of athletes if he emerges as the winner of April’s UFC 223 main event against Tony Ferguson.

At this point in UFC history, winning 10 consecutive fights inside the octagon is still almost inconceivably difficult. It’s been done seven times overall, with four of those streaks currently active and belonging to former two-division titleholder Georges St-Pierre, flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson, featherweight king Max Holloway and interim lightweight champ Ferguson.

Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) can join club of winners of 10-straight in the UFC if he wins at UFC 223, but with the notable difference of still having a spotless record with the promotion overall. Only former longtime UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) and UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie (15-2-3 MMA, 11-1-1 UFC) have started their UFC tenures with a 10-0 record, and “The Eagle” can be the next to do it.

Check out the longest winning streaks in UFC history, and where Nurmagomedov stands among his peers:

  • Anderson Silva (16)
  • Georges St-Pierre (13) – active
  • Demetrious Johnson (13) – active
  • Jon Jones (13)
  • Max Holloway (12) – active
  • Royce Gracie (11)
  • Tony Ferguson (10) – active
  • Chris Weidman (nine)
  • Junior Dos Santos (nine)
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov (nine) – active

Silva’s legendary winning streak of 16 fights to kick of his UFC tenure may never be surpassed. “The Spider” dominated the 185-pound division from his promotional debut in June 2006 to July 2013 when he lost his belt to Chris Weidman after 10 successful defenses.

Gracie’s streak, which was ultimately halted at 11, came in a different era of UFC competition. From UFC 1 in November 1993 to UFC 4 in December 1994, Gracie rolled through the competition to rack up his record. His run was finally brought to an end at UFC 5 in April 1995, when the Brazilian went to a 36-minute draw with fellow MMA pioneer Ken Shamrock.

UFC 223 takes place April 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Nurmagomedov fights Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) for the lightweight belt in the pay-per-view headliner at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

For more on UFC 223, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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