Best MMA Fighters Ever

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1Fedor Emelianenko

Quite simply in his prime I never saw a heavyweight that moved like Fedor. People either don't know or forget that he beat all of the best heavyweights at the time. To me he is the best pound-for-pound of all time. I know that people always love to point to Anderson Silva, but when you look at the competition that he's faced in the middleweight division, his body of work is far less impressive than Fedor's. Yes, you can say that Silva has fought all of the top middleweights, but before being knocked out in his last fight because he clowned around, his toughest opponents were probably Sonnen, Henderson, and Franklin. As far as Henderson, if that fight had been fought at light heavy instead of middleweight I think you would have seen a much different outcome. Henderson was past his prime and was beginning to have trouble cutting weight for that divison. He is a much stronger at light heavy. Franklin probably couldn't beat a top 10 opponent in light heavy, while Sonnen is yet to prove ...more

Fedor Emelianenko is quite simply the greatest of all time, not ripped or anything and he still whooped ass. The thing is he didn't trash talk hell he barely smiled and that's what scared most people how he stayed so calm, it's just purely amazing how dominating he is. But no matter how big you are you will win some and lose some, kind of like Michael Jordan didn't win every single game or make every shot he shot, but he did enough to show everyone he is the greatest of all time and that's how I feel Fedor is, he lost some everybody has just everybody uses those couple loses against him, give him a break he went 30 wins and no losses he is the greatest mma fighter of all time

Yeah! Good to see fedor getting some credit for once. Maybe not now, but in his prime nobody was touching fedor. Hope he has a comeback and be the best again.

There is no match with Fedor. He was the best of all time. I hope he never comes back. And keep his name that he always had. I am a fighter and I never seen anyone like him.

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2Anderson Silva

There is no doubt Silva is the best pound for pound fighter to have ever competed in mixed martial arts. The reason is very simple:
He has a huge reach advantage over any opponent;
His defense reflexes are superb;
His has heavyweight power;
His hands are super fast;
He's proven to be a great grappler when neccessary
But most of all, he's an amazing strategist and too good at taking his opponents out of their game plans.

When you have such a great fighter competing, numbers mean nothing (or do they? )...

He wins his fights with ease, sometimes it looks like his opponents are in slow motion. His strikes land with laser precision and power, his submissions are excellent and his conditioning is always top notch.

Silva is nothing com paired to st Pierre and fedor. He could never fight a heavy weight. Do you no what it's like to fight a man fifty pound more than you and smash them. Fedor does and George would never do the stupid hit me then get knocked out. He was good but not on the same level

If we're really comparing fighters in their prime, then there simply was no competition with Silva. should be #1

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3George St. Pierre

I thought one person might stand a chance against GSP, which was Anthony Johnson. But now since I saw him get beat by Koscheck I don't think there is anyone in his weight class rite now that can beat him and I believe he will hold his title as long as he god wills.

Best and most technical fighter who trains his butt off to get to where he is now - FresnoMMA

St. Pierre has been one of the most reliable MMA fighters for years, and that is simply because of his amazing ability to keep a steady pace and completely dominate fights. - Mcgillacuddy

The level of competition faced by georges is incomparable. He rarely lost a second of a round

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4Chuck Liddell

I would rank Chuck as number 3, this is because he possesses a true heart of a warrior, he always bangs, he would go out there and have a slug fest with any man who has ever lived. And he did have the UFC's best winstreak before Silva came along. He might not be the best technical fighter in the world, but he is not worst by a longshot either. The iceman always brings the fight, he will always give the people a spectacular show, and pretty much single handedly brought MMA and UFC in particular out of the dark underground and into the bright lights. And Dana White recognizes this.

Chuck Liddell should be top 2 or 3 he brought MMA to its place he is a warrior. in 2004 he started in King of the Cage and then retired from King of the Cage in 2010

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5Randy Couture

The Natural doens't walk away from fights, he goes to the most challenging fights, championship fights, tournmant fights, inerium championship fights, and number one contender fights. Randy is the best in the world ever because he is all said and done, he's retired. He is also the most dominate UFC heavyweight fighter ever, and the smartest fighter ever.

He deserves the number 1 spot. They don't call him THE NATURAL for nothing. He may be an underdog in his early career, but you won't see this guy give up. The greatest fighter isn't the one with the best fight record, it is the one with the biggest heart. - aeromaxx777

RANDY IS THE BEST. SKILLFULLY. DESTROY BELFORT. CAPTAIN AMERICA IS THE REAL BEAST IN THE OCTAGON. ALSO A CLASS ACT OUTSIDE THE RING. RANDY TAKEDOWN IS TOO GOOD FOR OPPONENTS. SEE, EVEN THE BEST STRIKERS COUNDNT CATCH UP. COUTURE THE BEST MMA.

Randy has accomplished more than any fighter ever. Why is severn 1? - anthonymcfadden

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6Matt Hughes

The legend that is Matt Hughes... Other fighters will never be able to get out of his shadow. He truly defines the MMA sport. He's fights are legendary. Truly an American Legend.

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7Royce Gracie

Singlehandedly revolutionized the sport of MMA. Son of a legendary jiujitsu master Helio Gracie. He also paved the way for today's fighter's especially fighters like Anderson Silva who is a Gracie Jiujitsu student. He was so dominant, they had to change the rules and forbade the wearing of gi's and shirts because it was making people submit too often. His only flaw was that he wasn't the best striker but there is no question he is one of if not the best ever in ground fighting. 19 total fights, 14 wins, 2 losses, 3 draws, 2 KO's, 2 by decision, 12 submits.

C'mon Royce Gracie Was so good at fighting they have to change the rules of fighting! Cause he won to often and quick!.. I can't believe he's not in first or 2nd place.. He could won any of above! Easy! And people know its true

Without Royce and Gracie Jiu Jitsu, there is no UFC. The start of Ultimate Fighting was based on : "What fighting discipline is the best". Royce beat unknown contestants, sometimes several in a night, without studying videos or getting info from others. MMA evolved ONLY because of Royce. You can't discredit his skills against present day fighters, because without him, there would be no MMA.

He was the best I ever seen. So fast & unpredictable. He should be in top 2 rankings of all times.

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8Jon Jones

He's got this in his blood man. He was born a top 5 athlete. His brother has a Super Bowl Ring and he's a Champion. He's a top 10 fighter of all time already.

After closely studying All-time greats Fedor, Silva, GSP and Jones, I've come to a conclusion that Jones is the best, most complete, most dominating fighter of the four and I think he will just go on to prove this in the future.

He's top 3 for sure He beat the best and had many top fighters stunned.

Best of all time hands down, ahead of his time, in a class of his own..

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9Jay Dee B.J. Penn

BJ penn is an absolute BEAST of a fighter. GSP takes his opponent down and leave him there for the rest of the fight making his fights predicatble. BJ Penn beats the living hell out of his oponents both standing up and on the ground. At the end of the fight, he is perfectly fine while his oponent is a bloody mess with all hope lost.

He should be way on the top.
- uZi91

Best LW EVER. PERIOD. Had the lw belt and held the ww belt. Uses his bjj to keep the fight standing.

The greatest lighter weights fighter to ever live ( meaning lightweight to featherweight )

Greatest natural fighter of all time!

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10Antonio Nogueira

The only man who ever had both PRIDE and UFC championship belt. He always be my hero.

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The Contenders

11Wanderlei Silva

This man's accomplishments wouldn't be done justice in a few paragraphs. & Haven't even all been posted here.

Wanderlei Silva should be in the top 5 all time.

The perfect storm of aggressive brutality.

Sandstorm Walkout song will never be forgotten..

Him and Nick Diaz are my favorites but I love wander leis style, all of his fights are a war

In my opinion he is one of the greatest strikers in mma history

Bet of all time

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12Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic

Maybe the best striker in mma history people forget how good he was in pride and also has the most brutal kicks ever a true legend

Even Fedor Emelianenko said that he was one of the few fighters that he felt was his equal. One of the toughest guys in the MMA history ever, people forget what a monster he can be, and with this comeback he's making now, he should be much higher on the list. He's 40 and in top shape and is ready to prove it soon.

Without any questions, he had some of the best KO s I had ever seen, just remember the one vs Alex. Emelianenko or wanderlei silva. His left kick was awesome

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13Quinton Rampage Jackson

Rampage is a great fighter don't get me wrong but he is not in the top ten he lost to wonderla silva twice I don't see him on this list he isn't top ten never will be your just dumb

14Dan Henderson

My fav middleweight! if he can get back to his old self and keep doing as he did at ufc 100 he very well could have a shot at beating the middle weight champ.

The one guy who'd never tap out ever! A true legend in ufc and pride history

Every one has their day may be some longer than others and then comes that strange mental feeling douting your self once you let the dout in its over you will never be the same don't kid your self no more to prove you will get over it let the ego go man. Dan Henderson had his day wasn't he great

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15Bas Rutten

He defined the future of MMA in his career with unstoppable striking and developing one of the best ground games ever. His counter punching was target focused. Meaning he was striking to hit vital body parts and not just striking to get points.

beat frank shamrock in pancrace, former ufc heavyweight champion beat koshaka
- itg

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16B.J. Penn

Very good at 155 but there are alota guys at that weight who pos a threat.

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17Ken Shamrock

After the vendetta with Tito Ortiz, something changed in Ken mentally. Before that however, in his prime he pulled off some of the most jaw dropping victories against some of the most formidable opponents even by today's standards. Also he did it under conditions considerably harsher than today's fighter faces. Less rules and equipment to protect a fighter's safety and much less opportunity to know your opponent. Watch the old pancrase, ufc and pride and you'll see what I mean. The fact that one fighter was able to get into his head when he was already in fact retired and in his forties should Not erase Our memory of All he has done for this sport.

The fact rickson and ken are as low on this list as they are shows most people don't know anything about the history of mma.i personally disliked ken and rarely rooted for him but lets be honest and acknowledge this is way too low a ranking.

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18Cain Velasquez

He should be at the 1 or at least 2. The way he absorbs so powerful shots and hooks its just remarkable. And well who doesn't know of his superhuman cardio

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19Jose Aldo

Never lost at featherweight in a career stretching over 11 years. His 1 loss was at lightweight, which also was 10 years ago. He has dominated elite fighters with his super technical abilities and has one of the longest streaks of defending the belt. It is a disgrace that he isn't higher on the list. It makes the list seem like a joke, he is at least top 5.

What kind of smoke you are taking? Aldo deserves atlst on the top ten, better than gsp yes I love bj penn but aldo.. he is the best. Second to anderson silva

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20Dan Severn

Severn is 52+ yrs old and still completes! Also Dan Severn holds a professional MMA Record of 100-18-7! Beat that ANYONE?!? And is in the UFC Hall of Fame and a former UFC Super fight Champion. The Beast is a legend!

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