Longest, Toughest Path To Title Shot?

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  1. Ridian

    Ridian Lifelong Combat Sports Fan

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    Who had the longest and/or toughest path to their first title shot?

    Had to have a lot of fights and/or

    Had to fight all very good fighters on their way?
     
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    HHJ Fedor Supremacist

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    Donald Cerrone

    (if we are talkin about an uninterrupted series of wins )



    28–6 (1) John Makdessi TKO (broken jaw) UFC 187 May 23, 2015 2 4:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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    Win 24–6 (1) Jim Miller KO (head kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller July 16, 2014 2 3:31 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Performance of the Night.
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    Degen Gambler Silver Belt

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    Jake Ellenberger's last 11 fights: Saffiedine, Wonderboy, Koshcheck, Gastellum, Lawler, Rory, Marquardt, Hieron, Kampman, Diego, Shields.

    Still nowhere near a title shot but when he gets there it will have been a pretty damn hard road.
     
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    Max Holloway (still hasn't had one, arguably as tough as Cerrones if you take out Eddie Alvarez)
    Wonderboy is getting up there
    If Maia beats Condit, and then needs another win

    Renan Barao before Cruz was stripped
     
  5. TobikanJudan94

    TobikanJudan94 Never be game over

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    Machida had a long way befre they gave him a shot.
    Johny Hendricks got screwed when they made him fighting Condit and gave the TS to Diaz.
    Max Holloway is up there too with his 9 fight win streak and still no title shot guaranteed.
     
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    HHJ Fedor Supremacist

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    Its true,but it was easy for him, he barely got hit in any of those fights. Cerrone actually had to work really hard and stay sharp through the gauntlet.
     
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    countswagula Gold Belt

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    JDS had a crazy run in the HW division
     
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    Romero or Jacare as well.
     
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    SirKratos Silver Belt

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    Max Holloway and its not even close.

    Dude is on a 9 fight winning streak, beat 3-4 top10 fighters (Which most other fighters get a title shot after beating 2 of them)

    And still a couple of wins away from a title shot.... poor guy
     
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  12. Ridian

    Ridian Lifelong Combat Sports Fan

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    I'd say Cerrone, Holloway and Bisping
     
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    Reem has fought Lesnar, trtfoot, Browne, Mir, Nelson, Struve, JDS, and Arlovski and is just now fighting Stipe for title.

    Almost the entire UFC HW division
     
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    Its arguable that if Reem wasnt so popular hedve been cut by now
     
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    Obviously Michael Bisping.
     
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    feeling bad for Maia here
     
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    The Lesnar win in his debut helped him out through that skid.
     
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    HHJ Fedor Supremacist

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    Well nothing at this point can stop the reem's fans from believing in him. If him getting killed by bigfoot,rothwell and browne didnt do it,nothing will. In that,hes like Vitor.
     
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    I didn't even think UFC cut heavyweights.
     

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