Top 10 Greatest MMA Light Heavyweight Fighters of All Time

Honoring Mixed Martial Art's finest light heavyweight fighters.

The Top Ten

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

Jones is #1. Silva is a middle weight and even though he has fought light heavyweights, he hasn't fought the best of them. - CaptainAmerica2000

He's the greatest for a reason. He's definitely getting his belt back, and he's definitely going to be in the UFC hall of fame.

Jon Jones should be number 1, I have seen this guy fight and he fights in a better style then Silva. - CFleg3nd

Constantly winning in spite of all the media downing him for mistakes that we’ve all made this guy is a real champ

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2 Chuck Liddel

Chuck is a legend and is still one of the greatest fighters to ever enter the cage. He was the knock out king. I think it is funny how bones jones and other fighters still to this day talk about him so that should let you know he is still one bad ass dude in the ring. Cause half of his haters couldn't hold a candle to him in his prime. They know it and it's just funny to me. It's like I always say respect your elders kids. But this is just my opinion we all have one.

Even though Chuck lost to Rampage I think he still belongs ahead of him knowing a lot more people were impressed with his knock outs.

Chuck is by far the greatest knocked out some of the greatest of all-time the Randy Couture Tito Ortiz and he was a great entertainer helped make mma what it is now

Jon Jones is a cheater who fights dirty and uses peds - Sabbath

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3 Lyoto Machida

The most elusive and puzzling fighter of all time.

Lyoto was a GREAT all around fighter!

Undefeated, UFC Ligh Heavywieght champion. - skullgangjewelz

The dragon is the best heheheheheheheh hahaa go go go

4 Quinton Rampage Jackson

Rampage was the epitome of violence during his prime - fast, powerful, brutal slams, knockout power in both hands, concrete chin - Rampage was one of the most exciting fighters to ever step in the ring. And an often forgotten fact - Quinton Jackson is the first Undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion of the UFC / Pride FC.

Destroyed Chuck Liddell twice in his prime and defeated Dan Henderson (Who at the Time Held 2 pride titles at the same time! ) Undeniable one of the greatest light heavy weight fighters of all time, Rampage!

Over 30 fights, and only has 7 defeats. First Undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight champion. - skullgangjewelz

Record- strength of oponnents - tito sucked

5 Anderson Silva Anderson Silva

Undefeated in UFc, defeated Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, James Irvin, and Forrest Griffin like its a walk in the park. Do research and Silva is in the world pound for pound number one. - skullgangjewelz

is da best fighter ever should go back on ufc and kick sum more ass

I love Anderson Silva. Him and GSP are my favorite MMA fighters. It's almost sad how Anderson Silva is at the top of this list and this isn't even really his primary (best) weight class. He's just that good.

Silva is a middleweight.

6 Daniel Cormier Daniel Cormier

Only ever beaten by a cheat, he has my number 1.

Easily the greatest light heavyweight in ufc history

Cormier is the greatest light heavyweight and heavyweight fighter in the world and he has the belts to prove it.


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7 Forrest Griffin

One of MMA's most popular fighter's, and has won often when he is mostly doubted.

Never a dull fight!

8 Mauricio Rua Mauricio Rua Maurício Milani "Shogun" Rua is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Easily the second best light-heavyweight of all time based on resume and longevity of elite level competition

Pride Grand Prix champion, and completely dominated Chuck Liddel. - skullgangjewelz

He may not be as famous as the ice man but should be ranked higher

Should be ranked higher

9 Tito Ortiz Tito Ortiz
10 Dan Henderson

To me its hands down either Hendo or Silva. Silva has a great win streak but Dan has been so great for so long and might still have the hardest punch in the UFC in his 40's. The fact he will fight anybody even a heavyweight speaks volumes about himself and why he's in the industry. The money will come and go but his legacy will be around for decades - tacitus23

The champion of Pride in multipule divisions, and tournament winner. Also legend in UFC. - skullgangjewelz

The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Vitor Belfort Vitor Belfort Vitor Vieira Belfort is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion as well as UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Champion.

Former UFc light heavy weight champion, and UFC tournament winner. - skullgangjewelz

shouldn't even be on this list. Oh and talking of cheats neither should Anderson, Jones, machida, wanderlei ALL CHEATS

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

Multiple time UFC champion. Wins over Chuck Liddel, Tito Ortiz, Vitor Belfort, and more. - skullgangjewelz

Randy is top 5 all time great light heavy mma fighter. I don't know who made this list but they need to do some research

Put Jones or Silva against Coture in his prime. Chances are, it's a split decision. They absolutely do not run over him. Coture, Hall of Famer, is top 3 without a doubt.

13 Wanderlei Silva

Holds a record of 31 and 7 at light heavyweight, fought as a heavyweight with mixed results and eventually moved down to middle weight where he has established a decent record. Losses to Mark Hunt, Mirko, Rich (twice), and Leben do not count towards his light heavyweight resume. Greatest Light Heavyweight fighter ever.

For 6 years undefeated pride middleweight champion and the winner of 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament.

Wanderlei Silva at 11. It's quite obvious you people never watched Pride and know nothing about MMA.

Wanderlei was an absolute savage in his prime when he was fighting in pride

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14 Rashad Evans Rashad Evans Rashad Anton Evans is an American mixed martial artist from Niagara Falls, New York, signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Only one loss, Ultimate Fighter season 2 winner, and ex UFC light heavy weight champion. - skullgangjewelz

he ass

15 Alexander Gustafsson

Heart of a warrior! Fought easily some of the best ufc fights of all time!

Real Badass

He took jones jones to his limits.Anderson silva doesn't Stand any chance in front of jones.he almost defeated jones and cormier.

Best light heavyweight.he dethroned light heavyweight ever.

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16 Rich Franklin
17 Anthony Johnson Anthony Johnson Anthony Kewoa Johnson is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Both Jones and Cormier struggled to beat Gustafsson and had to do it by judges decision. Anthony Johnson knocked Gustafsson out no problem. He will eventually fight Jones and give him problems.

18 Ken Shamrock Ken Shamrock Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Shamrock is an American mixed martial artist, Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer, and professional wrestler.
19 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.
20 Gegard Mousasi

Don't even know him


21 Michael Diaz II

All right enough with the troll comments but a legit middleweight and light heavyweight

Has destroyed everyone! He literally took Anderson Silva's head and raised it on a stick and slapped Georges St. Pierre and he didn't do anything about. Pretty soon I'm a take your homeboy's belt (Jon Jones) and ima collect his head and raise it.

Awesome fighter and a legit black belt in Kyokushin Karate.

22 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

In pride dominated, only 3 losses, and wins over legends like Dan Henderson - skullgangjewelz

23 Phil Davis
24 Glover Teixeira Glover Teixeira Glover Lucas Teixeira is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former member of the Brazilian National Wrestling Team, who currently competes in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

How long does Glover have to be in the top five before he's recognized for his abilities? He's definitely worth the high ranking.

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Top Remixes

1. Jon Jones
2. Daniel Cormier
3. Lyoto Machida
1. Jon Jones
2. Chuck Liddel
3. Quinton Rampage Jackson
1. Jon Jones
2. Quinton Rampage Jackson
3. Anderson Silva


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