Best MMA Fighters Ever

The Top Ten
1 Fedor Emelianenko Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko is a Russian heavyweight mixed martial artist, sambist, and judoka, currently competing for Rizin Fighting Federation.

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

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 is amazing. Excellent striker, excellent ground game. Best ability to attempt. He never got knocked out! (Nearly against Fujita, but think of the comeback after. And against Henderson I think he would have recovered, because I saw a video made from another point of view and after Herb stopped the fight Fedor had no problem to stand up. And Henderson made illegal shoots to Fedors back of his head.) Now he is going to make a comeback, I hope after some fights against nobody's he would fight in the UFC and beat Werdums ass.

Greatest fighter of all time hands down. People talk trash after his 3 losses now, but he was in every one of those fights. Vs Werdum he was simply baited and gave Werdum his arm, Werdum didn't work to get the arm Fedor simply left it there. If they fight 10 times since then Fedor wins 9. VS Silva Fedor won round 1, during round 2 yes he's destroyed by the 280 pounder on top of him for 4 minutes and yet still comes out of the round with Silva's ankle. Doctor stoppage before round 3. VS Hendo well Hendo to me is the first guy to do it in my book. Hendo is my 2nd favorite fighter and both warriors rocked each other, Fedor let Hendo slip out and took it off the chin. I wish I could say it was a quick stoppage but Fedors face hit the mat, he was out for a second. Sure he may have fought some cans but he beat the dominate top 10's also in there primes.

2 Anderson Silva Anderson da Silva (born April 14, 1975) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is a former UFC Middleweight Champion and had the longest title reign in UFC history at 2,457 days. This started in 2006 and ended in 2013 and included more.

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? )...

Fedor can only be 2nd to Silva. Silva is the number one ranked fighter since like 2006, and that is official, and acording to all MMA intelectuals Anderson Silva will go down as the greatest Fighter in MMA history, yes Gracie was good, but when he was around no one had any skill, set they did'nt know jiu jitsu or muay thai, everyone does now, Gracie vs Silva at thier best, Silva wins tko in the first round. Fedor vs Silva, Silva wins by tko in the 2nd round, or unanimous decision.

Anderson is the greatest ever. No one has a run in the UFC as The Spider. Fedor is one of the greatest, but never fought in the UFC, the best organization of all time. Silva humiliate his opponents, he puts his hands down, let them punch, and still wins in devastating fashion. He's an artist, the Ali of MMA.

Number 2 behind fedor, people love UFC fighter but anderson has done it in all over the world. He gets so much crap from the Maia fight, well I did not hear Dana white complaining about GSP fighting conservative agains Jake shields. It's all about the money, for the UFC, anderson sell just as many tickets and PPV, GSP sells more merchandise than anderson. Anderson is todays best mma fighter.

3 Georges St-Pierre Georges St-Pierre (born May 19, 1981) is a Canadian retired professional mixed martial artist. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. He is a two-division champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) having won titles in the welterweight and more.

GSP in my opinion is the greatest all round MMA fighter that has ever set foot in the octagon.

He has a deadly stood up game with his impressive signature "jump punch" move which is effective and entertaining to watch. Equally effective with his kickboxing and boxing game.

He is also a very effective submission artist. Rear naked choke/armbar he has put to use to rack up his wins.

It's difficult to fight an opponent like GSP for any fighter. He doesn't seem to have a weak "anti style"

25-2 and maybe his day isn't over. Maybe he will be back to compete in UFC 200?

I certainly hope he will be back!

This is the greatest fighter the ufc has ever had as champion. He has beaten everyone he ever fought. He ruled for almost 6 years and even after leaving for 4 years he came back to beat the champion in a bigger weight class. Nobody has ever been able to do what he has done and probably never will. What also makes the man special was the quality of his opponents when compared to other champions. GSP fought only high caliber challengers.

This guy should be second not third the competition he had in his prime was amazing and the fights he fought was great. Anderson silva fought old competing and beat them with ease but when he fought someone young he got beat twice, some say his loss was unlucky but I don't believe he was winning the second fight against weidman anyway so to me personally he isn't that great but gsp always fought tough opponents and proved he is worthy of second greatest

No need to argue, he was easily the most dominant, NOT Silva who did win the fight but got smashed into canvas 25 minutes against sonnen. St Pierre lost fights as well but never got destroyed by an opponent like that not to mention the much stiffer competition he faced at 170 as compared to the weaker competition silva had at 185.

4 Randy Couture Randall "Randy" Duane Couture is an American actor, retired mixed martial artist and former collegiate and Greco-Roman wrestler.

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.

Randy is the best of all time look at age who he's beat light and heavyweight out of retirement. Defended the title. How many fighters people can say they have beat and wonat the hightest level

Just imagine if he had started earlier in life... He could find a way to break or outwit anyone in just minutes.

5 Jon Jones Jonathan Dwight "Jon" Jones is an American mixed martial artist and current interim UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.

Possibly the greatest fighter of all time, full stop. Definitely one of the best fighters to watch. His mastery of mma is reinforced by his total brilliance as a scrapper. He is capable of making brutality beautiful. He made his own path to greatness much more "Rocky"(! ) and difficult, but he still achieved that greatness, even despite his mistakes and failings. He is only human, but he is a living legend. I've been privileged to see almost every pro fight he's ever had and I hope he starts to get the recognition he deserves as the greatest, and soon.

Youngest, most creative fighter that has beaten all of the top fighters in his light heavyweight division. He has never been truly beaten against competition that is much better than the past as fighters have gotten better and advanced with time

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 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.

6 Matt Hughes Matthew Allen Hughes (born October 13, 1973) is a retired American mixed martial artist with a background in wrestling. He is a two-time UFC Welterweight Champion, UFC Hall of Fame inductee, and NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee. During his tenures in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Hughes put together more.

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.

Was mentally and physically tough with extraordinary conditioning. Didn't let his mouth outrun his brain and retired at the right time to go home and farm.

He is the greatest plain and simple

Look back at the start of Matt career, big slams and TKO's

7 Chuck Liddell Charles David "Chuck" Liddell (born December 17, 1969) is an American mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He has an extensive striking background in Kempo, Karate, and Kickboxing, as well as a grappling background in collegiate wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. A professional more.

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

How can randy be higher than chuck? chuck beat him twice.

Chuck should be in the top 2 or 3

8 Royce 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.

Ridiculous he's rated this high and even more ridiculous he's rated higher than his brother rickson. Royce was just the guy chosen by the family to go represent them at the ufc events and thus got way more famous than the rest of the gracies, what most people don't realize (and royce himself admitted at end of ufc 2) was that his brother rickson was far better than him.royce was good, maybe the best guard submission specialist ever, but the wrong gracie is in the top 10, don't believe me? Google rickson gracie.

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.

No weight division, no rules and the creator of ufc. Nothing else to say. He was just that great. War royce!

9 B.J. Penn

Better than all of them bj is the greatest fighter of all time no doubt he's never ran from anyone he fights guys he's ment to lose too an beats them. On paper people think well he lost to this guy or that guy but that doesn't mean anything he's the greatest fighter alive

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.

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

Greatest natural fighter of all time!

10 Khabib Nurmagomedov Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov (born 20 September 1988) is a Russian professional mixed martial artist of Avar ethnicity. Nurmagomedov is a two-time Combat Sambo World Champion and the reigning undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion. He currently holds the longest undefeated streak in MMA, with 27 more.

He should be at least be in top 10. He bested the best.

Yet somehow mcgregor five spaces more

He should be in the top 10 he beat connor

Khabib should be in the Top 10 here!

The Contenders
11 Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic

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.

Before competing in MMA, Mirko fought as a boxer and was kickboxing champion of the world, he has well over 100 fights in his 20-year career. He's probably the best striker in MMA history and during his prime was the only one who could stand up to Fedor. He was considered the "holy trinity" of Pride along with Minotauro and Fedor.

After winning rizin he is on the top of the list, he proved he can beat anyone, whether a greco-roman wrestler, a 400 pound sumo wrestler, it doesn't matter. Fedor is unfortunately the number two, because Mirko has the belt from the Rizin event.

The best MMA-striker ever! He had deadly kicks, explosive hands, deadly reflexs and very good takedown defense. He deserves to be at top 5 best MMA fighters of all-time.

12 Quinton Rampage Jackson
13 Cain 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

What?! He should be no. 1! He's the best on this list

One of the best heavyweight fighters today.

He could beat anyone on this list

14 Dan 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!

Bruh he won more than ANY fighter out there I mean 117 TIMES! Think about that feels fans

15 Stipe Miocic Stipe Miocic is an American mixed martial artist competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he is the current UFC World Heavyweight Champion.

Greatest Heavyweight of all time. Knockout power, mixed with smarts and speed. I view his loss to DC as a mix of puncher's chance and eye pokes. His title defenses solidify him as the heavyweight GOAT.

Not the best ever but was demonstrably better than DC and so needs to go higher. Great guy as well who should be admired.

No one in the ufc can defeat this guy till he reach 39 years of age. Mark my words

Smartest heavyweight fighter in the ufc. He doesn’t put his ego in front of his fights.

16 Ken Shamrock Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Shamrock is an American mixed martial artist, Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer, and professional wrestler.

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.

Competed in a time with no weight classes and few rules also you couldn't train for the octagon at the time. the man managed to spend time away from the sport comeback and still compete at a high level you could say ken wayne shamrock invented the mma style.

Early leg lock specialist? Would've been an interesting student of John Danaher.

17 Conor Mcgregor Conor Anthony McGregor (born 14 July 1988) is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and boxer. He is the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight champion. more.

Conor runs his mouth, but he backs most of what he says. A lightweight champion, an interim featherweight champion and a proper featherweight champion. People scoff when he calls himself the GOAT, but looking at his accomplishments, he definitely is up there with the greats.

Conor is much more precise and accurate when compared to other UFC fighters. He also possess so much power in that left hand. It is not fair to say that he's not the greatest because he is the first ever 2 weight champion after his easy victory over alvarez at ufc 205. Conor knocked out one of the greatest in 13 seconds and nobody in combat sports at this moment can sell as many ppv's as he can. The man beat a 170 pound beast although he is a 155 pounder.

Best fighter I've ever seen. Only way you can beat him is by getting beat up first. Look at Nate the guys face was totally messed up.

"28 years of age, confident! Long, rangy, dangerous with every hand"... Give this man 10 years and he will be the biggest name in modern sports. GSP, Jones, Silva, Demetrius and Fedor, those are the greats of this time. Ali, Bruce Lee, Tyson and Mcgregor, those will be the greats of all time.

18 Michael Bisping Michael Bisping is an English actor and mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

If you consider that 3 of his 7 losses were at the hands of athletes using PDFs, he then has 4 losses out of 34 UFC fights - a truly extraordinary record, nearly unmatched! Like or don't like Bisping - you can not change the fact and any true MMA fan recognizes his accomplishments. He is one of few top MMA athletes in the world who has competed at the highest level in the sport for over a decade 1994 to present. Only a few elite MMA athletes can match his ongoing, active record.

Should at least be top 20 true warrior 👊🏻

19 Ronda Rousey Ronda Jean Rousey is an American professional wrestler, actress, author, and former mixed martial artist and judoka who is signed to WWE as a wrestler since 2018. Her longstanding nickname, "Rowdy", was inherited from late professional wrestler Roddy Piper. more.

I enjoyed watching Ronda Rousey. Bold and intimidating with a wicked arm bar. There was a spell when she blew past opponents in seconds. Her opponents fear was palpable! Once she got her opponent on the mat, it was curtains for them.

She intimidated her opponents who’s were pre occupied with avoiding getting caught by her arm bar. She could people’s arms grotesquely from any position. Surrender was almost immediate or else the arm would be broken. Strong and powerful.

One of the greatest MMA fighters. Did a lot for the sport. Other women were terrified of her and her arm bar. My favorite fight of hers is the absolute annihilation of Cat Zingano in 13 seconds with an innovative arm bar. She almost took out Cat’s arm. Cat Zingano had no appetite for a rematch after that!

She defended her belt 6 times and almost every win she had was in less then a minute. No woman mma fighter will accomplish what she already achieved. Like it or not that's the truth

20 Rickson Gracie

Rickson not being number 1 on everyone's list shows the lack of intelligence and limited exposure to the fighters beyond about a 5 yr period. The man never lost. Over 400 fights without a loss. Who can even imagine something like that. Royce was proclaimed the greatest fighter in the world after UFC 2 in the post fight interview. Royce laughed and said, my brother Rickson is a lot better than me. Come on people 16th behind people like kimbo slice. That is an insult.

If you look at Ricksons fights and you analize the fights and look at the top fighters today, you will see that his body movement was pure genius. His. Muscles was so supple that ít was verim y difficult for his opponents to submit him. He knowledge of the working of the human body was outstanding. He greated fighting in a art that few fighters today can compare to. You could see in his eyes before a fight how he believed in himself and the art that he practiced that he was going to win. To win a fight is not about puncing, kicking and wrestling. Its about putting your heart knowledge and soul in the fight. He was that complete package. Fghters like Rickson is born once in a life time. He truly believed that he was the best and that made him very dangerous. There is very good fighters today that deserve to be on top but still lack the Rickson heart. He deserve to be the number 1.

Not sure he's #1 due to lack of top his day their was no mma, it was jiu jitsu vs karate, or jj vs tae kwon do, or boxing. When rickson was fighting the vast majority of his fights were against very limited skill set would be tough guys who belonged in tough man competitions.if he fought today he would not be undefeated, as the gracie style has been exposed over and over (especially with todays rules.) he and the rest of the gracies are and were great, and rickson should be ranked higher, but probably not #1, in top 5 though probably and much better than royce.

Completely dominated the sport in his prime. Royce was ranked # 7 in the Gracie family. Rickson was ranked#1. Royce was just better known in the U.S. rickson was known internationally as the best!

21 Frank Mir

He is probably one of the fighter who has the bes skill set in MMA. He has a very dangerous ground and wicked stand up. What really defeats him is that there are much more stronger fighter than he is. But skill wise I think he is one of the best.

Frank Mir is number 1.Nobody can defeat him.

Frank ,Tap or Snap" Mir

22 Frankie Edgar Frank James "Frankie" Edgar is an American mixed martial artist from New Jersey who competes as a Featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is a former UFC Lightweight Champion.

He beat Penn 3 times he dominated cub swanson in my opinion he beat ben henderson

There's no reason Frankie should be below Conor McGregor that's a joke

So much stamina, never quits, can take a punch, is super humble.

He beat penn when be was old as hell

23 Demetrious Johnson Demetrious Khrisna Johnson is an American wrestler and mixed martial artist. He is the first and current Flyweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and currently holds the longest active championship reign at 8 title defenses.

Should be at least top 10. He's currently the only Flyweight champion holder

He should be number 1 by far. Nobody in human history comes close to the level of skill Mighty Mouse has.

Has the most dominant tittle rein in UFC history.


24 Jason Miller

Not only is he a funny guy, but he whoop anybody's butt and make it look like a piece of cake!

25 Dan Henderson

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

My favorite 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

Rampage is not betterthan hendo idiots

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