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: July 19th, 2020

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UFC Champion Days before first title defence attempted Notes
Robert Whittaker 660 (184 days before non-title fight vs. Romero)
Amanda Nunes (2) 525
Conor McGregor (2) 511
Anthony Pettis 462
Frank Mir 419
Cain Velasquez (1) 385
Matt Serra 378
Conor McGregor (1) 350 (84 days before non-title fight vs. Diaz)
Stipe Miocic (2) 337
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)
Johny Hendricks 266
Sean Sherk 266
Tito Ortiz 246
Brock Lesnar 238
Randy Couture (4) 238
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
Cris Cyborg 154
Lyoto Machida 154
Ricco Rodriguez 154
Rose Namajunas 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
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
Pat Miletich 84
Tim Sylvia (2) 84
Frank Shamrock 82
Maurice Smith 82
Ronda Rousey 79
Jon Jones (2) 63
Andrei Arlovski 56
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
Petr Yan 7
Deiveson Figueiredo 1

Average number of days before a UFC champion attempts the first defence of their title: 184.

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