There have been various exceptional mixed martial arts (MMA) competitors throughout the years, yet there is one issue on everyone’s mind: who is the best MMA Fighters of all periods? This is not an easy topic to answer, and there is no one method to categorise possible responses.

We ranked the combatants based on a number of factors, including how well they performed against their opponents, their achievements, and how excellent they were when they were at their peak. Fighters with more bouts and more championships in more weight classes have the upper hand here.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 17: (L-R) Li Jingliang of China punches Santiago Ponzinibbio of Argentina in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s outstanding grappling has won him numerous bouts and established him as the greatest fighter in mixed martial arts history. He’s undefeated in the ring and always comes out on top.

Unprecedented in mixed martial arts,  departed undefeated after 29 bouts. He has triumphed against such luminaries as Michael Johnson, Rafael Dos Anjos, and Conor McGregor.

2. Georges St-Pierre

Georges St-Pierre is the ultimate mixed martial arts warrior. He is widely regarded as mixed martial arts (MMA’s) finest competitor due to his two UFC titles (welterweight and middleweight).

Matt Hughes, Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, and BJ Penn are just a few of the notable fighters that St-Pierre has bested. He maintained the record for the greatest victories in championship fights and the second-longest cumulative title stretch in UFC history when he resigned in 2013. He was also the world’s number-one bantamweight many times. He left the sport with a 26–2 win–loss record after 28 bouts.

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3. Jon Jones

At the age of 23, Jon “Bones” Jones holds the title as the UFC’s smallest victor. Jones has won the light heavyweight championship twice in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and owns a number of records, including the longest win streak, the most submissions victories, and the most overall successes.

Jones has fought 28 times, winning 26, losing 1, and having 1 bout declared a no-competition due to a contentious suspension defeat to Matt Hamill. He has a stellar record of victory, including against such heavyweights as Shogun Rua, Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort, and Daniel Cormier. As of April 2021, Jones is indeed fighting, and if he also wins the heavyweight title, he will have no rivals.

4. Anderson Silva

When Anderson Silva battled, he would utterly decimate his opponents. He won 16 straight fights as champion, setting a UFC record for the longest championship reign at 2,457 days. Without a shadow of a doubt, Silva is one of the all-time greats in mixed martial arts.

After 46 professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts, “The Spider” resigned with a record of 34 wins, 11 defeats, and 1 no-contest. He defeated top-tier competitors including Vitor Belfort, Rich Franklin, and Dan Henderson. The Brazilian legend Silva had one of the most exciting and entertaining fighting careers ever because of his exceptional counterattacking skills.

5. Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor Emelianenko is one of the most outstanding unbeaten fighters due to his 28-fight victory streak, despite the fact that he has never competed in the UFC like the bulk of the other fighters on this list. He is widely regarded as the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 12: Alex Pereira of Brazil reacts after his TKO victory over Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in the UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 281 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2022, in New York City. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Victories over world-class competitors like Mark Hunt, Mirko Filipovic, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira highlight “The Last Emperor’s” résumé. His overall record is 40 wins, 6 defeats, and 1 no-contest in 47 bouts. Many people think he is the finest of all time, and he has a solid track record to back up their assertion.


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