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Which MMA Fighter Has The Most Wins? The Top 5 MMA Fighters

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Published: September 21, 2021
Updated: September 21, 2021

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When training for a new sport, it is always good to find some role models to learn from. While many role models will be people you know, such as your trainer, you can also look up to some of the great fighters. Knowing which MMA fighter has the most wins and others who are not too far behind, is a good place to start.

The best MMA fighters don’t necessarily come from the UFC, as there are many other MMA promotions where fighters break records and make a name for themselves. This is why I will be looking at all MMA fighters for this article and not only those who are well known in the UFC. 

Taking into account all fighters that have competed in MMA matches during their careers, here are the top five fighters. Taking a few pages out of their book is a great way to improve your MMA skills and take your fighting career to the next level. 

The Criteria For The Most Wins

Determining the fighter with the most wins is quite tricky, since you need to take all the different MMA competitions and fights into account. Luckily, there are plenty of resources online which have collated MMA fighter’s wins across all competitions. 

Due to a large number of fights and results for all the MMA fighters, certain sources differ slightly according to how many wins each fighter has under their belt. Luckily, these figures are only slightly different and don’t interfere with the order of the fighters. 

Here are the MMA fighters with the most wins, neatly combined to give you a compact source of the top fighters in the history of MMA.

The MMA Fighters Who Have The Most Wins

#1 Travis Fulton

The leading spot undoubtedly goes to Travis Fulton, who holds the world record for the most wins in MMA. The heavyweight fighter is said to have 255 wins to his name from the 320 fights he competed in during his fighting career.

Born in 1977 in America, Fulton only lost 54 of his fights, drew 10 with one No Contest (NC), and held onto a 40 match winning streak. The fighter, known in the ring as “The Ironman”, last fought in 2019 during a match at M-1 Global against Shannon Ritch, which he won.

Fulton's reputation was recently tarnished by criminal allegations and the fighter died by alleged suicide in July 2021.

#2 Dan Severn

CASPER, WY - JULY 14: Dan Severn poses for a photo octagonside with his UFC 5 tournament championship belt at UFC 6 on July 14, 1995 in Casper, Wyoming. (Photo by Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Coming in second is Dan Severn, with a significantly smaller tally of 101 wins. This gives the impression that the top spot winner is not likely to lose his record anytime soon. Severn was born in 1958 in America and retired from fighting back in 2013. 

Only competing in 127 fights, his record is pretty impressive with 19 losses and seven draws during his career. The heavyweight fighter, known as “The Beast” enjoyed a 24-match undefeated streak.

#3 Jeremy Horn

Born in 1975 in America, Jeremy Horn is the fighter with the third-highest number of wins, with 91 wins out of 119 fights. The fighter, known as “Gumby”, fought in the light-heavyweight category and the middleweight category. 

Horn has 22 losses and five draws under his belt and one NC fight. Horn was said to have retired in 2015, although he found his way back into the ring with his latest fight happening in 2020. It is not clear whether he will be adding to his record or not.

#4 Travis Wiuff

Travis Wiuff is next on the list with 78 wins out of his 101 matches. The heavyweight fighter was born in America in 1978 and only fought twice in the UFC. Wiuff still holds an impressive record with 22 losses, no draws, and one NC fight.

The fighter, known as “Diesel”, can still be found in the ring as his last fight was in July 2021. At 43 years of age, we may see more wins to take Wiuff up to third place.

#5 Luis Santos

In fifth place is Luis Santos, born in 1980 in Brazil, the fighter has accumulated 65 wins throughout his career with 12 losses, one draw, and one NC. The fighter, known as “Sapo” last fought in 2019, where he lost as he sustained an injury to his knee.

At 41, the fighter has been relatively quiet and it is not known whether he will be back in the ring to chase the fourth spot, which is only 13 wins away from his record. Santos is seen as a welterweight fighter, although he has fought in the middleweight division too.

The Battle For Fifth Place

While the fighters at the top seem out of reach for now, with little competition from fighters who can break their records, fifth place is a tough spot to hold. Although Santos currently holds the spot, with a knee injury and other active fighters close by, he may not stay there for long.

Three other fighters, Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez, Yuki “Sora” Kondo, and Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa are battling it out with a close tally of wins.

  • Lopez currently has 64 wins, 32 losses, and one NC.
  • Kondo is right behind with 63 wins, 37 losses, and nine draws.
  • Minowa is not far off with 62 wins, 44 losses, and eight draws.

All three of these fighters have the opportunity to overtake Santos to claim fifth place. Kondo is a top contender, in my opinion, as he has fought quite recently, with his last fight being in early 2021. Although MMA is an unpredictable sport and anything can happen.

Top MMA Fighters FAQs

Is MMA the same as UFC?

MMA and UFC are not the same, although many people who do not know the sport well may see them as the same. Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a style of fighting that combines various disciplines to create a single style, whereas the UFC is a promotion, otherwise known as an organization that schedules fights to determine a champion.

Which MMA fighter has the most UFC wins?

While the UFC is only one competition among many others in the MMA realm, it is one of the most popular competitions. Donald Cerrone currently has the most wins in the UFC with 23 wins under his belt.

What is the usual age that MMA fighters retire?

There is no real limit to how long an MMA fighter can continue competing. However, the average age of retirement for MMA fighters is somewhere around 40 years old. 

As you can see in the list of top fighters, many continue beyond the age of 40 and retire when they feel ready to step out of the ring.

The Final Round 

Many well-known MMA fighters are currently making headlines in big promotions such as the UFC. However, this is not the only place MMA fighters can make a name for themselves. Many fighters with a long list of wins under their belt have fought in other promotions. 

Travis Fulton is the current record holder for winning the most MMA fights, and it seems the record will be held for years to come with no real contenders at the moment.

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