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

GOAT

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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

None need be said. GOAT.

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3 George 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

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

THE GREATEST

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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.

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 has been victorious in most of his fights. He uses powerful elbow technique that cause so much damage to his opponent.

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.

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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

Best for during his prime.

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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

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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.

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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 deserve a higher rank

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

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.

Best highkick in the history of MMA

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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.

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