Top 10 UFC Fighters of All Time

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In every sport there is always a “top 10 of all time” list, whether it be quarterbacks, point guards or short stops–we always take time to allude to their athletic prowess. In MMA this is no different. Specifically, the UFC has been home to some of the greatest fighters to ever enter a cage. What follows is, in my opinion, the top 10 UFC fighters of all time.

BJ Penn

BJ Penn

10. BJ Penn (15-6-1 MMA record)

BJ Penn, also known as “The Prodigy”, was the 3-time defending lightweight champion of the UFC. He has a chance to get his belt back at UFC 118 in his rematch with Frankie Edgar. BJ also defeated Matt Hughes at UFC 46 to obtain the UFC welterweight championship belt. Penn is notorious for his unworldly takedown defense and fast hands…oh, and his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu isn’t so bad either. BJ Penn has fought an incredible list of fighters when they were relevant and in their primes. Some of these names include: Jens Pulver, Takanori Gomi, Matt Hughes, Lyoto Machida (yes, that’s right, Lyoto Machida), Renzo Gracie and Georges St. Pierre. BJ is also one of only two fighters to hold two belts in separate divisions (welterweight, lightweight). Penn has proven to be the UFC’s best lightweight, and this is why he deserves the number 10 spot.

Frank Shamrock

Frank Shamrock

9. Frank Shamrock (23-10-2 MMA record)

Frank Shamrock was the first man to hold the UFC’s light heavyweight championship. He retired from the UFC as the four-time defending, undefeated champion. He was there in the beginning of the UFC and defeated names like Jeremy Horn and Tito Ortiz on his way to his undefeated retirement. All of his fights in the UFC were for the championship belt. He is a living piece of UFC history and that is why he gets my number nine spot.

Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman

8. Mark Coleman (16-10 MMA record)

Mark Coleman is a part of the UFC hall of fame and was the first ever UFC heavyweight champion. He won the UFC 10 tournament in 1996 by defeating the legend himself, Don Frye. Coleman also won the UFC 11 tournament. Like Shamrock, Coleman was a part of the UFC from the beginning–captivating audiences with his forceful wrestling.

Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz

7. Tito Ortiz (15-7-1 MMA record)

“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” is arguably one of the most exciting fighters to ever enter the octagon. Every time he would enter the cage the crowd would roar. He became the UFC’s Light Heavyweight Champion by defeating Wanderlei Silva. Ortiz then went on to defend his belt 5 times–solidifying himself as one of the most dominant UFC champions of all time. Out of all of his professional fights, Ortiz has fought only once outside of the UFC’s octagon.

Georges St. Pierre

Georges St. Pierre

6. Georges St. Pierre (20-2 MMA record)

Georges St. Pierre, also known as GSP… also known as Canada’s MMA hero, is the current four-time defending UFC Welterweight Champion. He has avenged his only 2 losses (Matt Serra, Matt Hughes) in the octagon. GSP always shows nothing but respect and class in and outside of the UFC. He will go down as one of the top two welterweights of all time.

Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes

5. Matt Hughes (45-7 MMA record)

Matt Hughes has defended the UFC Welterweight Championship belt an astonishing total of seven time. Hughes has had a total of 23 bouts in the UFC. He is a member of the UFC hall of fame and holds the record for most wins in the UFC at 18. Not much explanation is needed to describe the absolute domination showcased by Hughes over all his fellow welterweights. He takes the number 1 spot for best UFC welterweight of all time, and number 5 on my top 10 UFC fighters of all time list.

Chuck Liddell

Chuck Liddell

4. Chuck Liddell (21-8 MMA record)

Liddell is also a member of the UFC hall of fame and was once the 4-time defending UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He is 2-0 against the other once-dominant light heavyweight champion, Tito Ortiz (hence why he gets a higher spot on my rankings). After giving the audience brutal, yet exciting, knockouts on a consistent basis, roars of “f**k him up Chuck!” would trickle down from the nosebleeds to the floor seats. Liddell reinvented the stand-up game in a UFC where the ground game was most dominant. Liddell is considered by many to be the greatest UFC Light Heavyweight Champion of all time.

Randy Couture

Randy Couture

3. Randy Couture (18-10 MMA record)

What is there to say? Randy Couture… “The Natural”… Captain America… whatever you want to call him seems to suit him perfectly. Other than BJ Penn, Couture is the only fighter to hold two titles in separate divisions (heavyweight, light heavyweight). I’m going to need bullet points for Couture’s accomplishments:

  • Most championship fights in UFC history – 15
  • Won heavyweight belt 3 times, defended total of 3 times
  • Won light heavyweight belt 2 times
  • Oldest fighter to win a title

The name Randy Couture will always be synonymous with “legendary.”

Royce Gracie

Royce Gracie

2. Royce Gracie (14-3-2 MMA record)

Royce Gracie is one of the true pioneers of MMA. He began as an anomaly–a small man wearing his karate uniform beating giants while barley throwing any punches. He showed the world the power of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by submitting his first 6 opponents in the UFC. He won the UFC 1, UFC 2 and UFC 4 tournaments. Gracie is also a member of the UFC hall of fame.

Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva

1. Anderson Silva (27-4 MMA record)

Anderson Silva has never lost in the UFC. He is a perfect 12-0 and has cleared out the middleweight division and beaten all of his opponents at light heavyweight. Silva is the current 7-time defending UFC Middleweight Champion. He introduced the world to a new breed of striker–a striker so devestatingly technically gifted that only recently has another man posed a threat to him (Sonnen). Silva is already the most dominant champion in UFC history, and the sky’s the limit for him at this point.

The UFC has seen its share of fighters come and go. The 10 fighters listed above are the ones who will be forever etched in my memory. They each bring different aspects to the table, but they have one thing in common–dominance. At their respective eras, these men were/are absolute beasts–forces to be reckoned with. These men have tasted the greatness of victory and the bitterness of defeat (except Anderson Silva) in the UFC, and have created nothing short of an absolutely legendary legacy.

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10 comments
Andyjbays
Andyjbays

you do realize that Fedor has never and will never fight in the UFC right? If this was greatest MMA fighters of all time, Fedor would be number 1. However, it's UFC fighters... and IMO Anderson Silva is the best UFC fighter of all time due to the reasons listed above in the article. Thanks for your comment, but your comment was kind of nonsensical.

Helldozer
Helldozer

It's Top 10 UFC Fighters of all time you fucking retard. Seriously if you're going to sound like a complete dumbass making a post without even reading the TITLE of the page, don't even bother.

Fedor
Fedor

Emelianenko best fighter.

Y0
Y0

second that!

Indyposted
Indyposted

Yeah I'm not sure either if it's in a specific order. However agreed, Silva is a bad ass.

Indyposted
Indyposted

AleksanderWL, at least sound intelligent when you state YOUR Opinion, you sound like a moronic monkey flinging it's poop with your comment.

Indyposted
Indyposted

AleksanderWL, at least sound intelligent when you state YOUR Opinion, you sound like a moronic monkey flinging it's poop with your comment.

lettielove
lettielove

Yeah love this post, but not sure if he was intending to put them in that specific order. There all great fighters in UFC history. But come on Anderson silva is a bad ass wheather you like him or not.

AleksanderWL
AleksanderWL

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA Anderson Silva as nr1 ?????????? Fedor is nr 1 you idiot...

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