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: June 1st, 2021

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UFC Champion Days before first title defence attempted Notes
Robert Whittaker 660 (184 days before non-title fight vs. Romero who missed weight)
Amanda Nunes (2) 525  
Conor McGregor (2) 511  
Anthony Pettis 462  
Frank Mir 419  
Cain Velasquez (1) 385  
Matt Serra 378  
Stipe Miocic (2) 364  
Conor McGregor (1) 350 (84 days before non-title fight vs. Diaz)
Henry Cejudo (2) 336  
Fabrício Werdum 336  
Maurício Rua 315  
Cody Garbrandt 309  
Kamaru Usman 287  
Nicco Montaño 280  
Rafael dos Anjos 280  
T.J. Dillashaw (2) 273  
Anderson Silva 266 (112 days before non-title fight vs. Lutter who missed weight)
Johny Hendricks 266  
Sean Sherk 266  
Tito Ortiz 246  
Brock Lesnar 238  
Randy Couture (4) 238  
Petr Yan 237  
Jens Pulver 217  
Robbie Lawler 217  
Alexander Volkanovski 211  
Tim Sylvia (1) 210  
Kevin Randleman 203  
Vitor Belfort 203  
Dominick Cruz (1) 198  
Junior dos Santos 196  
Jon Jones (1) 189  
José Aldo (2) 189  
Weili Zhang
189  
Carlos Newton 183  
Valentina Shevchenko 183  
Khabib Nurmagomedov 182  
Max Holloway 182  
Matt Hughes (2) 176  
Chris Weidman 175  
Forrest Griffin 175  
Luke Rockhold 175  
Randy Couture (5) 175  
Amanda Nunes (1) 174  
Mark Coleman 170  
Henry Cejudo (1) 168  
Randy Couture (2) 168  
Rich Franklin 168  
Benson Henderson 167  
José Aldo (1) 161  
Jan Błachowicz 160  
Cris Cyborg 154  
Lyoto Machida 154  
Ricco Rodriguez 154  
Rose Namajunas (1) 154  
Israel Adesanya 153  
Cain Velasquez (2) 147  
Rashad Evans 147  
Frankie Edgar 140  
Georges St-Pierre (1) 140  
Matt Hughes (1) 140  
Dominick Cruz (2) 139  
Daniel Cormier (1) 133  
Eddie Alvarez 128  
Germaine de Randamie 128  
Randy Couture (3) 127  
B.J. Penn (2) 126  
Chuck Liddell 126  
Demetrious Johnson 126  
Josh Barnett 126  
Michael Bisping 126  
Miesha Tate 126  
Deiveson Figueiredo 125  
Daniel Cormier (2) 119  
Evan Tanner 119  
Murilo Bustamante 119  
Stipe Miocic (1) 119  
Georges St-Pierre (2) 112  
Jéssica Andrade 112  
Holly Holm 111  
B.J. Penn (1) 107  
Dave Menne 105  
Quinton Jackson 105  
Tyron Woodley 105  
Joanna Jędrzejczyk 98  
T.J. Dillashaw (1) 98  
Carla Esparza 92  
Aljamain Sterling 86  
Pat Miletich 84  
Tim Sylvia (2) 84  
Frank Shamrock 82  
Maurice Smith 82  
Ronda Rousey 79  
Francis Ngannou 65  
Jon Jones (2) 63  
Andrei Arlovski 56  
Rose Namajunas (2) 37  
Georges St-Pierre (3) 33  
Bas Rutten 30 An approximation- exact dates unknown
Randy Couture (1) 30 An approximation- exact dates unknown
Renan Barão 26  
Charles Oliveira 16  

Average number of days before a UFC champion attempts the first defence of their title: 182.

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