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Top 5 Most Impressive Unbeaten Streaks

Do I need to say more? Quick note, 'No Contests' and 'Draws' do not count since the fighter wasn't defeated. Comment and let me know what you guys think. Lets get into the top 5 starting with #5.

5. Jake Shields - He's been fighting under GSP's shadow for a couple years now and finally gets his shot at UFC 129. What this kid has done in the past 6 years is incredible. He's actively fighting on a 15 fight winning streak against some of the best fighters in his division. He looks like a push over and is always questioned in each upcoming fight but yet he quietly submitted his way through each of his opponents to a UFC title shot. Notable Wins: Henderson, Miller, Daley, Kampann, Lawler, Condit, Okami.

 

4. Bas Rutten - One of the most likable guys in the game, Bas accumulated an incredible run of wins in his career. When most streaks for a fighter are created in the middle of their career, what was really impressive with El Guapo's streak was that he ended his career right in the middle of it. With 21 fights unbeaten (including 1 draw), Bas left his fighting career AND belt in the ring in 1999 after he defeated Kevin Randleman at  UFC 20 for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. What's most impressive with his streak was Rutten's 2006 return to fight Kimo (although he fought replacement fighter Ruben Villareal). At the age of 41 and 7 years out of retirement, Bas Rutten chopped his legs down like a lumberjack. Notable Wins: Randleman, Smith (2x), Mezger, "Brace Face" Shamrock.

 

3. Igor Vovchanchyn - How could you not include the man with the longest unbeaten streak in the history of MMA? Now you may argue that a majority of his wins were against "nobodies", however, any 34 fight unbeaten streak is impressive in any book. Igor also made a nice run in PRIDE's 2000 Openweight Grand Prix where he lost in the finals to Mark Coleman, ending his streak and giving him an insane record of 40-2-1. Plus this guy was a bowling ball at a dense 235 lbs and a whopping height of 5ft 8in tall! Notable Wins: Sakuraba, Goodridge (2x), 8 Ukrainian Dudes.

 

2. Fedor Emelianenko - Why isn't The Last Emperor #1???? Oh em gee!!! Fedor isn't #1 because he has never beaten Randy Couture. Before I get crucified, let me just say I'm joking. At one point, the MMA world never thought this guy was going to lose. Fedor just kept beating everyone Pride threw his way, and not only beat them but beat them impressively. He was almost unbeaten in nearly a decade, and unlike Igor, Fedor was running through the best in the world. We will always remember Randleman's suplex and of course, when Fedor was still a god, those Jell-O legs Fujita gave him at PRIDE 26 in 2003. At a streak of 27 (I consider this 26 with his defeat of Lindland), he will always go down as arguably the greatest fighter ever. Notable Wins: Cro Cop, Schilt, Babalu, Big Nog (2x), Coleman (2x), Randleman, Sylvia.

 

1. Anderson Silva - Being arguably the best fighter in the world, comes the most impressive streak of 14-0. Even though this streak is the shortest by wins and by its time span, sometimes it's not always the quantity but rather the quality that is most important. When it comes to streaks, nothing can be more impressive than putting that streak on the line in the UFC; the greatest MMA organization. Silva came into the UFC with his first fight being against the slugger Chris Leben. At that point, Leben was 5-0 in the UFC and riding a nice high. As Joe Rogan described Silva the best, "This is a different kind of striker," and it really was true to its fullest meaning. The Spider ended Leben less than a minute into the 1st round and earned himself a shot at the title. What happened next was the beginning of greatness. Destroying the 22-1 champion, Franklin, in less than 3 minutes in the 1st round, launched Silva into the spotlight and he soaked every inch of it up. Today, Anderson Silva is considered the best fighter in the world and is riding a 14 fight winning streak, a 13 fight UFC winning streak, and an 8 fight winning streak as the UFC Middleweight Champion. That last one says it all. Notable Wins: Belfort, Sonnen, Maia, Griffin, Henderson, Franklin (2x), Marquardt, Horn.

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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