With eight consecutive title defenses, Georges St-Pierre (pictured) is the most decorated welterweight champion in UFC history. However, with a win over Johny Hendricks on Saturday at UFC 167, GSP will enter a league of his own.
According to FightMetric, the UFC’s official stats provider, a victory will give St-Pierre a record 19 wins inside the Octagon. That would snap his ties with UFC Hall of Famers Matt Hughes and Randy Couture.
In addition, a W means St-Pierre leapfrogs former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva for most title fight wins in company history with 12. Just in case you were wondering, by beating Hendricks, GSP would only need to post one more successful title defense to match Silva as the UFC’s most decorated champion with 10 straight defenses.
A UFC record St-Pierre probably couldn’t care less about, but will achieve – win, lose or no contest – just 40 seconds into his shootout with Hendricks (assuming their tango lasts that long, of course), he’ll surpass former UFC lightweight and welterweight champ BJ Penn for most total time spent inside the Octagon.
GSP has currently clocked 5:03:12 for the UFC.
Of course, records are meant to be broken. Penn and Frankie Edgar (4:31:11 total UFC time) are still active UFC fighters and can regain this honor. From a hardware standpoint, Silva can reclaim the most UFC title fight wins award before year’s end by dethroning champion Chris Weidman at UFC 168.
Most of this could be moot considering light heavyweight champ Jon Jones might own all of these championship records when it’s all said and done. At just 26 years of age, Jones is already the UFC’s most accomplished 205-pounder in history with six straight title defenses.
At his current pace, Jones could easily become the UFC’s most decorated champion before even sniffing the prime of his career.