Records are made to be broken, at least some are. But others are meant to stay there for a very long time, and some are simply beyond anyone’s reach. MMA is a relatively new sport in comparison to the others, but it’s evolving rapidly and fighters today are setting records that seem unbreakable for years to come. Things could change dramatically in the next few years, however. Here are 5 UFC and MMA records that are hard to break.
Fastest Knockout In MMA History
Jorge Masvidal’s 5-second knockout of Ben Askren turned him into a superstar overnight, but he’s still not the man who holds the fastest knockout win in MMA history. In fact, no mainstream MMA star holds the record. The record is held by Ryohei Masuda, who knocked out his opponent Takahiro Kuroishi in only 2 seconds to win their fight in 2008.
Interestingly, that was Masuda’s first professional MMA fight. He fought and lost twice more after that before retiring. MMA is a crazy sport for a reason, and a 1-2 fighter holding one of the most prestigious records in the game is a testament to that.
Fastest Knockout In A Title Fight
When it comes to pay-per-view records, Conor McGregor is the king. He has sold more pay-per-views than anybody else in the game, and people love watching him fight, whether you like it or not.
When it comes to the actual competition, Conor McGregor holds the record for the fastest knockout win in a UFC championship fight. He made the record by knocking out longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo in their title unifier in 2015 with the first punch he threw, sending the MMA world into a frenzy.
— UFC (@ufc) October 5, 2018
Most Significant Strikes Landed In A Fight
This record is an easy one to guess, and it was set in January this year when Max Holloway dismantled Calvin Kattar in their UFC on ABC 1 main event. During the course of five rounds, Holloway landed a total of 445 significant strikes, which is close to 18 significant strikes landed per minute.
Holloway’s career average is 7.12 significant strikes per minute, which means his performance against Kattar was extraordinary, even by his standards. The Hawaiian claims to be the best boxer in the UFC right now, and with these sorts of stats, it’s hard to argue against him.
Most Takedowns In A Fight
How many takedowns can one man score in 15 minutes? If one’s an accomplished grappler, 4-5 takedowns per fight are very impressive, given how well-rounded fighters are today. But 21 takedowns in a three-round fight is something that would probably never be repeated again. It’s one of those records that are so damn hard to beat. So much so that even Khabib Nurmagomedov, who set the record against Abel Trujillo in 2013, hasn’t been able to repeat it.
Although that’s thanks to his improved ability to hold people down on the mat for the entire round after the first takedown, 21 takedowns in a 15-minute fight is something simply outrageous. There are levels to ragdolling your opponents, and Khabib is the final boss of it.
Youngest UFC Champion
Jon Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history when he dispatched Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 128 in 2011. It’s been a decade since he won the belt, and nobody has been able to come close to breaking that record. While many other promotions have had champions younger than Jones, none in the world’s premier MMA organization has been able to do so.
Given that the average age of a UFC champion is close to 30-years-old, Jones was way ahead of his time, and it will take a special talent to beat him.
Seven years ago today, Jon Jones punished Maurício “Shogun” Rua to claim the promotion's 205-pound title at UFC 128. pic.twitter.com/0ynXvdXMrr
— Sherdog (@sherdogdotcom) March 19, 2018
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