MMA or Mixed Martial Arts is among the fastest-growing sports in the whole world. Every year thousands of new fighters try their luck in the sport with the sole purpose of reaching the UFC eventually. However, not every fighter can do this. UFC or Ultimate Fighting Championship is the most reputed and highly acclaimed organisation in the sport of MMA and the fighters that are in the UFC are considered to be the best-trained combatants on the face of the planet. Today we will take a look at the top 10 UFC fighters to ever grace the octagon.
What Is MMA?
Before moving forward you must understand what Mixed martial Arts or MMA is. As the name suggests, MMA is a mixture of traditional martial arts. MMA includes techniques from some of the most prominent traditional martial arts in the world like Taekwondo, Karate, Boxing, KickBoxing, Thai Boxing, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo, Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, Capoeira and many more. UFC was founded in 1993 as a no-holds-barred fighting tournament. Since then it has evolved a lot. Now it has unified rules and commissions to supervise. After 30 years in the business its time to know who are the top 10 UFC fighters of all time.
Top 10 UFC Fighters Of All Times
The fighters mentioned below are the best MMA fighters of all time and each one of them has contributed a lot to the sport. Before starting the list, it’s worth noting that the fighters in the list are ranked based on their career record, championship fight wins and the calibre of fighters they fought against. So let’s get started.
10- Stipe Miocic
Born in Euclid, Ohio, Stipe is one of the top 10 UFC fighters of all time. Stipe is the former UFC heavyweight champion of the world. He is the only heavyweight champion who has defended his belt 3 times consecutively and because of this, he is widely regarded as the best heavyweight champion ever.
Record- 20-4-0 ( 20 wins- 4 loses- o draw/no contest)
Title Fight Wins- 6
9- Henry Cejudo
Henry ‘The Messenger’ Cejudo is 9th on our list of the top 10 UFC fighters of all time. He is also known as ‘Triple C’ because he was a 2 division champion in UFC and is an Olympic Gold medallist in Freestyle Wrestling. He had a short professional MMA career, during which he had the double champ status for being the champion in two weight classes.
Title Fight Wins- 4 (in two weight divisions)
8- Alexander Volkonovski
Born in Australia, Alexander ‘The Great’ Volkanovski is the current featherweight champion of UFC and currently sits at 2nd in the pound-for-pound rankings. He is a short and stocky fighter with an exceptional skill set. He can do everything, from grappling to striking, there isn’t anything Alexander can’t do. The dominant fashion he wins is what makes him one of the top 10 UFC fighters of all time.
Title Fight Wins- 6
7- Amanda Nunes
Born in Brazil, Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes is the best female fighter of all time. She is the former women’s Bantamweight and featherweight champion. Amanda is one of the longest reigning champions in the history of the UFC which lands her on our list of the top 10 UFC fighters of all time.
Title Fight Wins- 11 (in two divisions)
6. Daniel Cormier
Another Olympian, Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier is probably the most deceptive fighter ever. He is short and fat, both of these attributes don’t translate well in the game of MMA. Nonetheless, Daniel Cormier dominated his opposition and won belts in light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. He is definitely one of the top 10 UFC fighters of all time.
Title Fight Wins-6 (in two divisions)
5. Anderson Silva
Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva is the greatest middleweight champion in the history of the sport. He showed people that extraordinary physiques don’t win fights but skills do. For almost 5 years, the spider dominated the middleweight division. He fought the who-is-who of the UFC’s middleweight division, truly making him one of the top 10 UFC fighters of all time.
Title Fight Wins- 12
4. Demetrious Johnson
Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson is probably the greatest champion ever because he has the most title defences in the history of the UFC at 11. He fought in the flyweight division of the UFC where he was on a tear from 2012 to 2018. During that time he was the pound-for-pound no.1 fighter in the world.
Title Fight Wins- 12 (including 11 title defences)
3. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov is the former UFC lightweight champion of the world. His main weapon was his grappling and it’s safe to say that he is the greatest pure grappler to ever grace the octagon and deserves his place in the top 10 UFC fighters of all time. The thing that separates him from every other fighter is that he has a perfect record. In his whole professional MMA career, he has never lost a fight.
Title Fight Wins- 4
2. George St- Pierre (GSP)
George ‘Rust’ St-Pierre is arguably the best fighter in the history of the sport. He is a two-division world champion but he saw the most success in his time in the welterweight division. He only ever lost to two fighters and he managed to avenge both of those losses in dominating fashion. He is widely regarded as one of the top 10 UFC fighters of all time.
Title Fight Wins- 13 (in two divisions)
1. Jon Jones
Jon ‘Bones’ Jones is the greatest fighter of all time and the holder of the number 1 rank in the list of top 10 UFC fighters of all time. He is also the youngest champion in the history of the UFC. He won his first championship in 2011 at the age of 23 and since then he has only fought for world championships. The calibre of opponents Jones faced is second to none. During his time at the top of the ranking, he fought and defeated fighters from 4 generations.
Title Fight Wins- 15 (in two divisions)
Here are the top 10 UFC fighters of all time. All of these fighters have sacrificed their blood, sweat and tears to be the best fighter they could. The topic of the best fighters of all time is very subjective and it depends on how you feel about the fighters but we’ve tried to make it as objective as possible.