Discover the top 10 greatest mixed martial artists of all time. From Conor McGregor to Jon Jones, these fighters have left an indelible mark on the sport of MMA.
|First simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history
|Eight title defenses and an 18-fight winning streak
|Two-weight-class champion in Strikeforce and UFC
|Former Golden Gloves boxing champion and two-time UFC heavyweight champion
|Heavyweight legend in Pride, Strikeforce, and Bellator
|Longest reign as middleweight champion in UFC history
|UFC’s first flyweight champion with 11 title defenses
|13-fight winning streak and nine title defenses
|Undefeated lightweight champion with victories over top contenders
|Most light heavyweight title defenses in UFC history
These fighters have left an indelible mark on the sport of mixed martial arts, showcasing their skills and dominance in their respective divisions.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) has evolved into a global phenomenon that challenges the dominance of professional boxing. As we explore the history of MMA, we highlight the top 10 greatest mixed martial artists of all time.
Conor McGregor is a true MMA icon known for his flamboyant persona and aggressive fighting style. He made history as the first simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history. McGregor’s trash-talking prowess and knockout ability have solidified his status as one of the highest-paid athletes in the world.
Jose Aldo’s journey from World Extreme Cagefighting to UFC featherweight champion is a testament to his lethal Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills. With eight title defenses and an 18-fight winning streak, Aldo’s dominance defined an era.
Daniel Cormier’s grappling prowess propelled him to two-weight-class champion status. He retired gracefully after a successful career in Strikeforce and UFC. Cormier’s strategic brilliance inside the octagon continues to resonate.
Stipe Miocic, a former Golden Gloves boxing champion and Division I wrestler, is a well-rounded athlete. As a two-time UFC heavyweight champion, Miocic’s victories over elite competitors showcase his diverse skill set. His dedication is evident as he balances his fighting career with his role as a firefighter paramedic.
Fedor Emelianenko, a heavyweight legend, never competed in the UFC but left a lasting impact in Pride, Strikeforce, and Bellator. Known for his power punching and ground-and-pound skills, Emelianenko’s versatility is unmatched.
Anderson Silva’s reign as middleweight champion for over 2,000 days solidifies his status as one of the greatest in his division. His striking skills and numerous title defenses make him a standout in UFC history.
Despite his small stature, Demetrious Johnson’s wrestling prowess and lightning-fast takedowns set him apart. As the UFC’s first flyweight champion with 11 title defenses, Johnson’s dominance in the division is unparalleled.
George St-Pierre’s journey from adversity to welterweight greatness is legendary. With a 13-fight winning streak and nine title defenses, St-Pierre’s wrestling acumen and record-setting takedowns make him an all-time great.
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s flawless record and dominant ground game define his legacy. Victories over top contenders solidify Khabib as one of the greatest lightweights in MMA history. Retiring undefeated, Khabib’s legacy looms large over the lightweight division.
Jon Jones’ rise to light heavyweight dominance, with 11 title defenses, establishes him as the greatest in his division. Wins over legendary fighters showcase Jones’ versatility, and his recent success in the heavyweight division solidifies his legacy as the GOAT.