Best MMA Fighters Ever

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The Top Ten

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

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

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.

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

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2 Anderson Silva Anderson 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.

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. - skullgangjewelz

If he wouldn't have clowned, he may still be champion. This lead to rematch which led to broken leg. He was so good he was BORED OUT OF HIS MIND. Part of me thinks he wanted to lose.

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3 George St. Pierre

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.

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

The most complete fighter in the world

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4 Chuck Liddell Chuck Liddell Charles David "Chuck" Liddell is an American retired mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion of English descent.

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

Simply...Deadly! That's all folks...

Surprised to find an MMA top ten list on here.Chucks definitely my favorite and #1.my personal top ten would be Chuck,Randy, Fedor, Don Frye,wanderlei,Anderson Silva,Robbie Lawler,cro cop,shogun and BJ Penn but Chuck's the man!

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5 Randy Couture 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. - aeromaxx777

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

yep

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6 Matt Hughes Matt 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.

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

Matt Hughes is a scrub!

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7 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.

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.

Wasn't he like undefeated when it had no rules. Roycie is best by that standard.

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8 Jon Jones 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

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.

He's the goat. And the one loss doesn't count. He destroyed the guy

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9 Jay 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 most naturally gifted allround fighter ever, in shape could beat anyone

Best LW of all time

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10 Antonio Nogueira

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

Technical fighter with a great gound game

The Contenders

11 Jose Aldo Jose Aldo José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Junior is a Brazilian mixed martial artist in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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.

Aldo still is a better champion then Conor who doesn't defend his belt like he should - Sabbath

Jose aldo should be top five

Knocked out in 13 seconds by Conor McGregor.

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12 Wanderlei 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

Definitely one of the best ever...great striker

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13 Dan 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

Rampage is not betterthan hendo idiots

14 B.J. Penn

Best boxing and ground game in mma period well in his prime but his jujitsu is remarkable and was a title holder when that division was the toughest he fought hard and fought the best I think he should be 5 or 6 easy

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

Penn is a legend - Sabbath

y so lo

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15 Ken Shamrock 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.

He's better then most of the fighters he's ranked below - Sabbath

He deserve a higher rank

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.

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16 Bas 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

Greatest learning curve during his career

Look at the records!
In his time there was no one better!

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17 Mirko "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.

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.

Mirko is number 1

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18 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.

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!

THE best fighter in the history of mma! If any of you guys knew mma before 5 years ago you would know and respect the name RICKSON! - bransuave

After Rolls Gracie, Rickson was the best of all times.

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19 Junior dos Santos Junior dos Santos

Great Striker, medium wrestler and a tough chin. Worth the show! He lays waste to most of his opponents.

The best boxer in the mma, the best punches and well targered, all victories by knowout, well almos

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20 Mauricio Shogun Rua

Shogun is a wrecking machine. One of the greatest in his prime. He might be losing more often recently but after all the wars he's been in through his career he is truly the best.

He won the biggest and best tournament of all time. The 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix. He was thought of by true knowledgeable MMA fans and analysts as the best Light Heavyweight in the world while Chuck Liddell was in his Prime. During his last fight in Pride against Allistar Overeem, he tore his ACL. He won that fight, Knocking out Allistar Overeem for the second time. Allistar Overeem is thought of right now as the number 2 or 1 heavyweight fighter in the world.

This guy ended the "Machida" era as Joe Rogan called it. His first fight with then champion, Lyota Machida, went to a decision. Shogun lost the decision despite everyone to this date that has ever been asked by the media, in an interview, or in your common household believes that Shogun was victorious. Dana White granted Shogun an immediate rematch due to the unfair decision.

Shogun Knocked out Lyota in devastating fashion in the very first round. He has since lost his belt to Jon Jones after his 3rd ACL ...more

21 Cain Velasquez Cain Velasquez

One of the best heavyweight fighters today.

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

He could beat anyone on this list

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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22 Michael Bisping 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.

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23 Josh Barnett Josh Barnett Joshua Lawrence Barnett is an American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler who competes in the heavyweight division of the UFC where he is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion.
24 Conor Mcgregor Conor Mcgregor Conor Anthony McGregor is an Irish mixed martial artist who has primarily competed in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and now plans to also fight at Lightweight and Welterweight.

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.

Leading Ireland in mma and is the only Irish man in the ufc, Irish and proud

Biggest face

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25 Nick Diaz

Nick diaz always loses in close decisions. His boxing is amazing he never gets up mitten and he is the most likable anti hero ever. How can you not consider him?

Nick Diaz! The greatest boxer in MMA and trash talker but he certainly knows how to back it up. WAR DIAZ!

Where you at George! Yeah that's right homie I'm coming hire on that list for you homie! I want my rematch George.

higher

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26 Quinton 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

y so lo

27 Alistair Overeem Alistair Overeem

One of the strongest and hard hitting fighters

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28 Rich Franklin
29 Kazushi Sakuraba

A man who should have fought his entire career at 170, instead made a living fighting lhws and hws... And winning more often then not. It seemed at times Pride was trying to kill him with the matchups, but he always came to fight and put on a show for the crowd and provided some of the best finishes in mma history.

Why royce gracie in to the top ten, but the "GRACIE HUNTER" isn't? I mean, he called GRACIE HUNTER for a reason

he beat royce gracie, royler gracie, rezno gracie, ryan gracie. gracie hunter - itg

He was the best. He was just 80-85kg but he never refused a fight even against pro-heavyweights like Mirko CroCop
They way he beat the legend Rampage Jackson was amazing.
Also he beat all the gracie jiu-jitsu fighters in his own game.

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30 Frankie Edgar 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

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

He beat penn when be was old as hell

Iron will just iron will.

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31 Dominick Cruz Dominick Cruz

Cruz combines constant lateral motion with precise, in-and-out striking. Known as one of the most agile fighters in MMA, he is noted for his quick footwork, head movement, and use of feints. He often attacks with combinations, step-in jabs, and single strikes thrown from angles. In addition to his striking, Cruz has extensive training in amateur wrestling.

One word: footwork

32 Frank Shamrock
33 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.

34 Ronda Rousey Ronda Rousey Ronda Jean Rousey is an American mixed martial artist, judoka, and actress. ...read more.

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 - Sabbath

While I don't much care for Ronda Rousey, she was vital for increasing the prominence of women in MMA.

Humble

35 Ben Henderson

Ben Henderson is the best he can beat every welterweight on this liae

agreed!

36 Jason Miller

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

37 Miguel Torres

I don't like this weightclass but this guy is scary good. real fast and all around a great fighter.

38 Lyoto Machida

This guy will I think is the best in the lightheavy weight class. very diff from other fighters hard ta fight hard ta train for great kicks good hands.

39 Tito Ortiz Tito Ortiz

Longest reigning light heavyweight champ of all time. Give the man the credit he deserves. He is the biggest villain in mma history and helped make the sport what it is today.

long time 205 ufc champion he's beatin wanderlei silva, ken shamrock 3times, slammed evan tanner uncuntious, beat forrest griffin - itg

Then went 3-8-1 in his past 12 fights. Not to add he may have beat Ken shamrock but he was way out of his prime

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40 Forrest Griffin

This guy is always getting better and has a big fight coming up at ufc 101. he is allaround a great fighter.

best

41 Demetrious Johnson 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.

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

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

Has the most dominant tittle rein in UFC history. - itg

So they'll put jds in the top 20 but not this man? Jds has done literally nothing.

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42 Urijah Faber Urijah Faber Urijah Christopher Faber is an American mixed martial artist, fighting as a bantamweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Urijah shows the umph and the balls to compete with any weigh class. Urijah is just cool, he is like the Fonze of all mma guys. Well known throughout the ranks, Urijah Faber is always a contender and always a draw for any fight that he is involved in. My wife and I have named our son Gabriel Urijah Finch in honor of Urijah Faber since we have such confidence in him. Come'on, Cool character, he's a fighter, he's a lover, he's an awesome role model, Urijah Faber is a fighter that dads, moms, as well as sons/daughters as well as children can root for... In order to further their cause. Thanks Urijah for dominating the whole field of competition. YOU are blatantly Number 1'...
P.S. we named our child after you for a reason... Just do it! We will always by proud of you and Gabriel Urijah Finch. Keep kicking ass!

Could be the best 145er in the world

43 Mark Coleman
44 Daniel Cormier Daniel Cormier

BEST OF ALL FIGHTERS

He's the best

Awesome

45 Bruce Lee Bruce Lee Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do.

You know he can just knock grown men over with a 1inch punch and created his own martial art and kicked every ones @$$ no big deal

Bruce Lee was the father of MMA. He has to be much much higher in this list. Most of the people on this list would tell you they are mixed martial artists partly because of him.

I can't believe it the father of mma. Who on thus list can do a 2 fingered pushup, its that simple no one can.

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46 Akebono
47 Minotauro

Minotauro is a legend he should be in the top 10

Minotauro is a legend

He sucks

48 Alexander Shlemenko

One of the most fight wins! The next Fedor.

49 Donald Cerrone Donald Cerrone Donald Anthony Cerrone is an American professional mixed martial artist and former professional kickboxer currently competing in the UFC's Welterweight division.
50 Nate Diaz Nate Diaz Nathan Donald "Nate" Diaz is an American mixed martial artist from California, currently competing for the UFC in the lightweight and welterweight divisions.

Stockton slap you to death

Toughest as they come

Stockton slap is an artform

I just slap you bitch

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