Who is the best UFC fighter of all time?
The UFC has now been around for a long time – 27 years to be exact. overtime, promotions have seen some of the greatest fighters in history come into Octagon to prove themselves. In this category, more than 100 runners were able to claim the title of the UFC champion.
But the question remains – who is the greatest UFC fighter of all time? Given all the changes in MMA and UFC sports over the years, it is a difficult task to say who the greatest is. However, it is clear that a handful of names stand out above the rest as the leading UFC players in the history of the promotion. So, without further ado, here are ten of the best UFC fights of all time, ranked from # 10 to # 1.
Connor McGregor is one of the biggest names in the industry right now and is best known for his regular talks. Ranked # 4 at UFC lightweight ranks and # 8 in UFC Men’s pound for rankings since June 2020, McGregor is also one of the rare contenders to have won the UFC featherweight and lightweight titles twice. His left fist is one of his favorite weapons and he uses it to make his way with his opponents. He is still young in the game and a lot is expected of him.
BJ Penn “The Prodigy”
Penn is one of the biggest MMA heroes to be proud of. He is one of the fastest athletes to win the Jiu-Jitsu and the first American to host the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship. Penn was able to defeat many of his opponents with his fighting skills. Another event fans will never forget was when he was seen licking blood from his gloves after his victory over Joe Stevenson. “Prodigy” should be among the list of the best MMA fighters.
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Prior to becoming an MMA star, Cormier was the Olympic wrestler and captain of the 2008 US squad, his wrestling experience worked well for him as “DC” made his MMA debut in 2009 and released 15 wins back to back. He has achieved a flawless record in the UFC and has won several acclaimed artists such as Derrick Lewis and Anthony Johnson.
Daniel Cormier beats Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 in 2015. The 41-year-old has been one of two UFC champion heavyweight and heavyweight champions at the same time. However, his career turned sour in his last octagon appearance against Stipe Miocic, Cormier first beat Miocic in the first round of KO in 2018 at UFC 226, but then lost again in the fourth round of TKO the following year. A trilogy battle is expected to take place somewhere in the future and will determine who is the ultimate heavyweight champion.
A two-time champion, Nunes has unparalleled victory in women’s MMA. During her 13 UFC fights, “The Lioness” beat every woman to hold the gold medal in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions. She went on her way past the great MMA stars, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Germaine de Randamie, Holly Holm and Cris Cyborg.
Amanda Nunes beats Holly Holm July. She not only defeated all five champions, but finished them all in the first round. This has earned Nunes the “greatest female warrior”, according to UFC President Dana White.
Since claiming the lightweight title in 2018 against Al Iaquinta, “Eagle” has secured his place among the most influential MMA players. In UFC 229 in his first defense, Nurmagomedov made history by fighting his arch-nemesis, Conor McGregor. He used his trademark-fighting skills to deliver “The Notorious” and went on to defeat Dustin Poirier in a similar way the following year.
Despite recording an undefeated 28-0 record, the 31-year-old defended his lightweight belt only twice. Due to Covid-19’s travel restrictions, the champion was forced to withdraw from his long-awaited battle with Tony Ferguson, who was defeated by Justin Gaethje last month at UFC 249. Nurmagomedov will need to face some high-level athletes to build his reputation as the king of MMA.
Demetrious began his career in 2007. Since then, he has set and broke a number of UFC records, including the UFC record for most consecutive titles, currently holding 11 defenses.
Demetrious became the first UFC Flyweight champion when he beat Joseph Benevidez on a split law in 2012. He then dominated the Flyweight division for almost six years before losing the championship star to Henry Cejudo in UFC 220 on August 4, 2018.
Shortly after his defeat, Demetrious left the UFC for the ONE Championship, and in subsequent years, won the Flyweight Grand Prix and is set to claim the Flyweight title later in the year.
Fedor is one of the best UFC fighter of all time . His great talents showcased his talent for Judy and Sambo, so it’s no surprise that he’s a four-time World Sambo champion. Fedor first appeared for Pride FC in 2002, after winning the RING tournament and two gold medals at the World Sambo Championship.
He recorded his first loss while battling Japanese MMA champion Tsuyoshi Kohsaka in 2000 – a game whose fate remains controversial. After that until June 2010, Fedor remained undefeated in the next 28 fights that included his victory over other then-UFC champions.
- Anderson Silva
Anderson Silva still holds the record for the longest title in UFC history at 2,457 days, which is more than 6 years. During that time, he officially defended his middleweight title 10 times and it would have been 11 if Travis Lutter had not lost weight. Many of those defenses, he has stopped his enemy, including a classic front kick KO against Vitor Belfort and a
Silva is also proud of winning at heavyweight.
He later joined the UFC and won his first fight against Andre Gusmao at UFC 87 by decision. Jon has faced and hit many UFC favorites, including the brave Daniel Cormier and teammate Rashad Evans.
His recent fight with Dominick Reyes was a battle that kept spectators clinging to their seats and panicking with excitement. Although Jon emerged as the ultimate champion in a unanimous decision, he has shown himself to be in a repeated battle with Dominick which he says will be a milestone.
George St Pierre
George is obviously one of the best UFC fighter of all time. Before announcing his retirement on February 22, 2019, George gained numerous UFC record, including one defending title in the UFC welterweight division with nine defenses.
His heroic victory over Michael Bisping in 2017 made him a middleweight champion and the fourth fighter in UFC history to win titles in multiple categories. So far, George has the highest reduction (90) and the longest second line.