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UFC's Best Fighters of all Time

Updated on May 6, 2017

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Royce Gracie is one of the best fighters in UFC history. He is the best grappler in UFC history without a doubt.
Royce Gracie is one of the best fighters in UFC history. He is the best grappler in UFC history without a doubt. | Source
Anderson Silva is an MMA legend. Whether he taps you out or knocks you out, the Spider can do it all.
Anderson Silva is an MMA legend. Whether he taps you out or knocks you out, the Spider can do it all. | Source
Randy Courture won the UFC Heavyweight title in his fabulous career. He is as tough as they come not to mention very skilled.
Randy Courture won the UFC Heavyweight title in his fabulous career. He is as tough as they come not to mention very skilled. | Source
Chuck Liddell is one of the best light heavyweights in UFC history. He could knock you out with either hand and or either leg. The Iceman is a very powerful fighter.
Chuck Liddell is one of the best light heavyweights in UFC history. He could knock you out with either hand and or either leg. The Iceman is a very powerful fighter. | Source

Legends of the Octagon

1. Royce Gracie: Gracie is "Mr. UFC", as he has won UFC 1, 2, 4 and fought to a draw in the UFC Five Tournament. The Gracie family started Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and he was a pioneer in the Octagon. He is a 7th Degree Black Belt in Jui-Jitsu and has a MMA record of fourteen wins, two losses and three draws. He beat Ken Shamrock, Kimo, Dan Severn and Gerald Gordeau. He was skilled on the ground or standing up for combat and as is his forte he could take all kinds of punishments before securing the victory.

2. Anderson Silva: He has two UFC World Records where he defended the Middleweight Title fourteen times and has won fifteen straight consecutive fights. He has excelled as a Welterweight, Middleweight and a Light Heavyweight. His nickname is, The Spider. His specialty is Boxing, Judo, Muay Thai and Taekwondo. Silva has a chance to become number one since he is still carrying on with much success. His feints and footwork baffle his rivals and then he attacks with a multi-faceted game. You never know what he is going to come up with during his fights.

3. Matt Hughes: His style is boxing and wrestling. He holds the UFC record for the most wins with forty seven. He also holds the UFC record for most Welterweight Title defenses with eight. This former two time Welterweight Champion was also an NCAA wrestler. He is known as a no holds fighter who leaves it all in the Octagon. Hughes took on all comers and could battle it out standing up or on the ground. He is a very dangerous contender withe his multi-faceted skills. Hughes was one to watch out for.

4. Randy Couture: He is a proficient Greco-Roman Wrestler who has taken on all comers during his career. He has captured the Heavyweight Title three times and the Light Heavyweight Title as well. He is adept fighting standing up but, on the ground he is a dangerous force to be reckoned with for sure. He fought past his prime against former boxing champion James Toney. Toney vs. Couture in the Octagon! Couture beat Toney to submission in under one round. Couture accomplished as much late in his career as he did in his prime.

5. Chuck Liddell: He is a kick boxer and former collegiate boxer. Nick is named the "Ice Man". Many feel he is the best Light Heavyweight Champion in UFC history. He defended his title four times, winning all four fights by knockout. He has wins over Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture. Ice Man has knocked people cold with punches and kicks. He is weak in his back but, he can ground and pound with anyone in the sport. UFC is a dangerous, fast paced and exciting sport.

6. Tito Ortiz: He won the Light Heavyweight Championship and defended it five times in the Octagon. He is a master at wrestling and ground pound. He has three wins over Ken Shamrock and one win each over Forrest Griffin and Waderlei Silva. Ortiz was a cocky and arrogant competitor but, he was also ruthless in the Octagon. Ortiz rubbed a lot of fans the wrong way. Either way, he was a fierce fighter in the Octagon and win or lose, Ortiz always gave it his all trying to get the W.

7. B.J. Penn: He amazingly has won titles in two different weight classes. He is a former Lightweight and Welterweight World Champion who is just as comfortable on the ground as he is standing up in the Octagon. Penn took on all comers and win or lose he always gave everything that he had.

8. Georges St. Pierre: Easily the UFC's best wrestler in history. He is a three time Welterweight Champion and has defended his title five times consecutively. Need more proof of his greatness? He beat BJ Penn, Matt Serra, John Fitch and Matt Hughes. Pierre was a fan favorite because of his style heart and stamina.

9. Rich Franklin: He is a former Middleweight Champion who has a knockout win over Chuck Liddell. He also has wins over Ken Shamrock, Matt Hamill, and twice he knocked out Wanderlei Silva. Franklin has a rare combination of speed and power that is hard to find in an athlete. His only drawback was he possessed a shaky defense.

10. Mark Coleman: He won UFC Tournaments ten and eleven and he is UFC's first ever Heavyweight Champion. He beat Don Frye, Stephan Bonnar and Dan Severn with his brutal fighting style. He always comes forward and he hits equally hard with his feet and knees as he does with his fists and elbows.

Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes is a two time welterweight champion and a master of fighting in the octagon. He has as much heart as any MMA fighter in history.
Matt Hughes is a two time welterweight champion and a master of fighting in the octagon. He has as much heart as any MMA fighter in history. | Source

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Randy Couture beat James Toney down for a first round knockout. Courture took Toney to the ground right away by tackling his legs. He pounded and then forced Toney to tap out. Courture fought the best of the best during and after his prime.

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      Peter V 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      What a list of impressive fighters! It is hard to pick one who is best because each of these guys have their specialty and were top of the world at one time. I am such a bigger fan of UFC than boxing, and I hope it continues to grow!

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      Buster Johnson 4 years ago from Alabama

      I actually love boxing also

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