Best MMA Fighters Ever

The Top Ten

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

Fedor is an awesome fighter! The greatest heavyweight fighter ever! There aren't even words to describe him

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 ...read 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? )...

Anyone who votes for anyone else on this list should f' off and go watch WWE. The 16 fight win streak in the UFC is proof enough. UFC FIGHT PASS and go watch it. If you watch that streak and still think Anderson is NOT the #1 fighter ever, then you should NEVER watch MMA again. Real Talk

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.

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 ...read more.

Has it all, skill, brains and simply a nice guy. Being nice is a sign of strength, not weakness.

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

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.

Mr. awesome made the MMA what it is today not given the respect he deserves. Never quit.

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

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 ...read 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

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

Chuck should be in the top 2 or 3

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 ...read 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

He defines the word tough.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic

Right leg hospital, left leg cemetery. MMA legend. Not much else to say about it.

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.

The Contenders

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

Cain Velasquez is deserves 1 No.

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

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 ...read 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!

Dan Severn

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

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!

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

First ufc superfight champion

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

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 👊🏻

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. ...read 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.

Conor will be moving down on here. He's old news

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. ...read more.

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.

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

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

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!

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!

Best among the gracies
Can beat anybody in the world

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.

Jason Miller

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

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

Henry Cejudo Henry Carlos Cejudo, is an American freestyle wrestler, Olympic gold medalist, mixed martial artist and author.
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

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