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Survey: Which Current Champion Has the Most Impressive Win Streak in MMA?

(I’ve got 25, 25, do I hear 26 for this authentic Cuban-born champion? I’ve got 25, do I hear 26? 26?! 26?!!! Sold at 25!) 

After battering and busting up Urijah Faber en route to his 29th straight victory, newly-crowned interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao proved to the world at UFC 149 that his win streak was the product of hard work and dedication, not the culmination of years spent crushing cans that seemed to be the case for a certain somebody making his long awaited debut just one fight before. This is not to say that Hector Lombard doesn’t push himself as a fighter — by all accounts he does the exact opposite, in fact — but to say that Lombard was the first fighter to come to the UFC on a huge win streak, only to have said streak invalidated almost immediately would be a bold faced lie (Jason Reinhardt, anyone? How about our buddy Sean McCorkle?).

But when guys who have spent years fighting below their level come up short on the big stage, it just makes it all the more impressive to see the Barao’s and Ryan Jimmo‘s of the world succeed in living up to their hype. Simply put, it’s no coincidence that most of the guys with the greatest win streaks in the sport are all champions, and the rest are either made up (I shall refer you to the infamous tale of Craig Rehage as my primary example) or busted as soon as the fighter faces some legit competition.

However, when trying to determine which champion has the most impressive win streak of them all, we surprisingly found ourselves at odds. Some of us went with the obvious choice in Anderson Silva, some of us thought that Jon Jones’ streak was more impressive, and ReX thought that Ronda Rousey’s run stood atop them all before snatching a copy of her ESPN magazine shoot and running off to our executive bathroom. He has yet to return.

So as is often the case when we are struggling to decide upon an issue, we will hand the power over to you, Potato Nation. After the jump, you will find a survey. The topic: “Which Current Champion Has the Greatest Win Streak in MMA?” You WILL vote on this poll, and you WILL leave us your convincing arguments in the comments section. Sound good?

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-J. Jones

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Whitemare- July 29, 2012 at 9:40 am
JDS has beaten almost everyone in the heavyweight division
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peacexxl- July 27, 2012 at 10:09 am
As I have said and will continue to say, Silva's biggest problem is that he makes killers LOOK like cans. He has faced plenty of top notch talent and embarrassed them ALL! Jones may be on the way but he is still a pup. JDS hasn't defended enough to be impressive. GSP turned to a bitch after he got caught and now he's a point fighter. Aldo seems like a beast but I don't know enough about him to really say. But the Spider went up to 205 and broke FoGriff's jaw with a back peddling jab. People clammer about fighters needing to drop a weight class because they lose one fight and maybe can't hang where they are. People talk about Spider needing to move up a class or even 2 because it is almost not fair for him to fight at 185. LIKE A BOSS!!!
charleston- July 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm
Gotta give it to Jones. Toughest consecutive opponents and if it wasn't for that Matt Hamill fight it would be a much longer streak.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm
Lombard, McKenzie, etc. etc. seem to show how getting the same thing to work too many times in a row can build bad habits. It's like a negative outcome from too much unrealistic positive feedback.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm
Dur, Silva.

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RearNakedSpoon- July 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm
MP3's ;)
Dizzylittlelord- July 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm
silva without a doubt just because of the fights hes had. man cleared out a division without losing once in 6 years. when junior and jones do the same theyll be top just because of the competition they faced and georges has dominated but no actually finished anyone in a very very long time
Texas- July 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm
Not to mention that Silva moved up to beat a Former Champion. I know it was Forest Griffin but Griffin beat Rampage to get the title.
Texas- July 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm
How is Silva a can Crusher? Everybody is a can to Silva. He is not to big for his class and not to Small. There is only two people who i think could challenge him and they would have to move down in weight class or he would have to move up. Jon Jones is about to fight someone who already got destroyed by Anderson Silva. Yea Chael got close but I really believe he had a broken rib. He just didn't look like the killer he is.
RwilsonR- July 24, 2012 at 11:53 am
If it weren't for a little Italian man from Long Island upsetting things mid-streak, this would be a very, very easy answer.
NomadRip- July 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm
A formerly little Italian man...
RearNakedSpoon- July 24, 2012 at 10:36 am
Tempted by Ronda's armbar streak but Cody McKenzie's streak looked similar until he faced some higher level talent and as such dept of the division influences the streak so that's Silva knocked out of contention as well.
Benson has been very strong in a competitive division but it's not good enough until he avenges his lose against Pettis.
Aldo's a big fish in a little pond (see what I did there?)

GSP destroyed Hughes to break his record in division dominance and then got a crushing revenge against Serra to open up his own dominating streak where he only lost a round after an eye poke left him half blind while fighting another dominating champion from a higher weight class! 170 also being one of the deepest division for talent for the longest time, constant improvement which see's him expand his skill set each fight depending on what challenges his opponent brings and being only average sized for the division makes him the most suitable choice.
Fletch the V Stretch- July 24, 2012 at 11:33 am
Good analysis. 100% V STRETCH approved.
Sopapo- July 24, 2012 at 10:33 am
Well one can't simply say Jon Jones hasn't faced cans, he dominated champions. Yes, CHAMPIONS, Rampage, Rashad, Machida, Shogun. He deserves the top of the list. As impressive as JDS might be, the competition was simply not the same.
skeletor- July 24, 2012 at 10:28 am
To be fair and to hate on Jimmo a little bit. I don't think Perosh was above the level of anyone that Lombard has faced. I would argue he had seen better comp in MFC. Still a can crusher.
angry little feet- July 24, 2012 at 9:53 am
wow- you guys have executive bathrooms? I guess I kind of always figured CP for the port-a-potty kind of outfit.
The12ozCurls- July 24, 2012 at 9:47 am
Guess who I picked?
Fletch the V Stretch- July 24, 2012 at 10:19 am
Renan Barao
The12ozCurls- July 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm
DAMN!!!!! I thought you were going to have to serve all 18 months. "Good Behavior" and "Over-Crowding" are a real thing in the penal system.
Welcome back.
Fletch the V Stretch- July 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm
Haha, I do like to comment on here but when no one responds I lose interest in posting my opinions. And you never stated who you picked. Was I correct?
The12ozCurls- July 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm
NO - I am a GSP mark.
Fletch the V Stretch- July 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm
I can see an argument there as well. The dude has soundly beat everyone he has fought. And not only that but he has improved his game for each and every fight utilizing his opponents weakness and sometimes strength's. I like GSP. He takes a lot of shit for not finishing but he always just dominates fighters and leaves no question that there is nothing they can do about it.
Sho Nuff- July 24, 2012 at 9:30 am
Silva is great, but much of his streak was built on crushing near cans himself. If not cans perhaps a slightly better class of container - tupperware? The middleweight division has long been the weakest in the UFC (or tied with the Arlovski/Sylvia era heavyweight division). My vote is for Jones, who cleaned out the 2nd tier pool, and then has defeated four champions straight, with a fifth going down in 2 weeks. Dos Santos would be my 2nd.
Fletch the V Stretch- July 24, 2012 at 9:47 am
I agree for the most part. Initially I thought this was an easy poll for Silva to win but his fights have been against opponents that no one would consider to be great except for Dan Henderson really. In 98% of his fights you never really doubted he would win. Well, I never really doubted he would win ever. The only fighters I honestly ever thought had the potential of beating him were Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort (which I will probably get hated on for). Jones is another good choice but I feel like he is fighting guys that are not even close to similar in size so it is hard for me to give him that much credit until he fights someone I consider to be in what should be his actual division. I went with JDS. The guy literally cleaned out the HW division before ever even getting a shot at the title and has destroyed 2 ex champs. I also think JDS deserves even more consideration bc he is not a huge HW. For instance, Overeem, which I still think would get mangled by JDS. My vote, JDS all day.
knucklesamitch- July 24, 2012 at 9:29 am
It's Jones. It's not a long streak, but the level of competition is far above any other champions. Rashad (former champ), Rampage (former champ), Machida (former champ), Shogun (to win the belt), Bader (derailed the rising star), he destroyed Vera, he destroyed Hammill (and was only DQ'd due to a BS rule) .... It's Bones Jones, Hands down.
Tai-Pan- July 24, 2012 at 9:16 am
Anderson is the obvious one at first, but Dos santos did basically clean out the division before he was champ. Gsp on the other hand has probably faced the best completion over the last few years while Jon Jones is destroying former champs. Good poll.
RwilsonR- July 24, 2012 at 9:09 am
In all fairness to McCorkle, he did win his UFC debut.
J.Jones- July 24, 2012 at 9:04 am
Refresh your page, Taco. It should be all set now.
Fried Taco- July 24, 2012 at 9:03 am
Like ReX, did you come too soon and put this page up without the survey ready? All I see is a link to the SurveyMonkey home page.