First Attempted UFC Title Defence

The table below shows the number of days it took every champion in UFC history to compete in the first defence of their title.

Last update: March 30th, 2022.

UFC ChampionDays before first title defence attemptedNotes
Robert Whittaker660(184 days before non-title fight vs. Romero, who missed weight)
Amanda Nunes (2)525 
Conor McGregor (2)511 
Anthony Pettis462 
Frank Mir419 
Aljamain Sterling389
Cain Velasquez (1)385 
Matt Serra378 
Stipe Miocic (2)364 
Conor McGregor (1)350(84 days before non-title fight vs. Diaz)
Henry Cejudo (2)336 
Fabrício Werdum336 
Maurício Rua315 
Cody Garbrandt309 
Francis Ngannou301
Kamaru Usman287 
Nicco Montaño280 
Rafael dos Anjos280 
T.J. Dillashaw (2)273 
Anderson Silva266(112 days before non-title fight vs. Lutter, who missed weight)
Johny Hendricks266 
Sean Sherk266 
Tito Ortiz246 
Brock Lesnar238 
Randy Couture (4)238 
Petr Yan237 
Brandon Moreno224
Jens Pulver217 
Robbie Lawler217 
Alexander Volkanovski211 
Charles Oliveira210
Tim Sylvia (1)210 
Kevin Randleman203 
Vitor Belfort203 
Dominick Cruz (1)198 
Junior dos Santos196 
Rose Namajunas (2)196
Jon Jones (1)189 
José Aldo (2)189 
Weili Zhang
Carlos Newton183 
Valentina Shevchenko183 
Khabib Nurmagomedov182 
Max Holloway182 
Matt Hughes (2)176 
Chris Weidman175 
Forrest Griffin175 
Luke Rockhold175 
Randy Couture (5)175 
Amanda Nunes (1)174 
Mark Coleman170 
Henry Cejudo (1)168 
Randy Couture (2)168 
Rich Franklin168 
Benson Henderson167 
José Aldo (1)161 
Jan Błachowicz160 
Cris Cyborg154 
Lyoto Machida154 
Ricco Rodriguez154 
Rose Namajunas (1)154 
Israel Adesanya153 
Glover Teixeira151
Cain Velasquez (2)147 
Rashad Evans147 
Frankie Edgar140 
Georges St-Pierre (1)140 
Matt Hughes (1)140 
Dominick Cruz (2)139 
Daniel Cormier (1)133 
Eddie Alvarez128 
Germaine de Randamie128 
Randy Couture (3)127 
B.J. Penn (2)126 
Chuck Liddell126 
Demetrious Johnson126 
Josh Barnett126 
Michael Bisping126 
Miesha Tate126 
Deiveson Figueiredo (1)125 
Daniel Cormier (2)119 
Evan Tanner119 
Murilo Bustamante119 
Stipe Miocic (1)119 
Georges St-Pierre (2)112 
Jéssica Andrade112 
Holly Holm111 
Julianna Peña109
B.J. Penn (1)107 
Dave Menne105 
Quinton Jackson105 
Tyron Woodley105 
Joanna Jędrzejczyk98 
T.J. Dillashaw (1)98 
Carla Esparza92 
Pat Miletich84 
Tim Sylvia (2)84 
Frank Shamrock82 
Maurice Smith82 
Ronda Rousey79 
Deiveson Figueiredo (2)67
Jon Jones (2)63 
Andrei Arlovski56 
Georges St-Pierre (3)33 
Bas Rutten30An approximation- exact dates unknown
Randy Couture (1)30An approximation- exact dates unknown
Renan Barão26 

Average number of days before a UFC champion attempts the first defence of their title: 189.

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