Top 10 All-Time UFC Fighters

Top 10 All-Time UFC Fighters

This article delves into the octagon to crown the Top 10 All-Time UFC Fighters, acknowledging their dominance, impact, and enduring legacy. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has served as the premier stage for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) for over three decades. Witnessing the evolution of the sport and the rise of these legendary figures is a truly captivating experience. They’re as follows:

1. Georges St-Pierre (GSP)

Georges St-Pierre (GSP)

Weight Class: Welterweight, Middleweight.

Fighting Styles: wrestling, Kyokushin karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai.

The embodiment of calculated excellence is the no.1 among Top 10 All-Time UFC Fighters. GSP reigned over the welterweight division for a decade with an unmatched blend of technical mastery, athletic prowess, and strategic genius. His record-breaking nine title defenses stand as a testament to his dominance.

George’s victories over legends like Matt Hughes, Matt Serra, and B.J. Penn is etched in MMA history. His well-rounded skill set, coupled with his cerebral approach to fighting, made him a nearly unstoppable force. This earned him the moniker “Rush” for his relentless pressure and takedown artistry.

Achievements 

  • 4x Fight of the Night. 
  • Knockout of the Night.
  • Submission of the Night.
  • Performance of the Night.
  • UFC Hall of Fame.

2. Jon Jones

 Jon Jones

Weight Class: Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight.

Fighting Style: Muay Thai.

Though controversies may cloud his image outside the octagon, Jones’ in-cage achievements remain undeniable. Widely considered the greatest light heavyweight of all time, he holds the record for most title defenses in the division (11).

Jon boasts wins over legends like Daniel Cormier, Lyoto Machida, and Alexander Gustafsson. His unorthodox striking, is characterized by spinning elbows and oblique kicks. Coupled with his wrestling prowess and exceptional fight IQ, made him a nightmare for any opponent.

Achievements 

  • 4x Fight of the Night.
  • 2x Submission of the Night.
  • Knockout of the Night.
  • 2x Performance of the Night.
  • Youngest UFC Champion (23 years old).
  • UFC Hall of Fame.
  • Longest light heavyweight champion reign (1,501 days).
  • Longest unbeaten streak in UFC history.
  • Most wins in UFC title fights.

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3. Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva

Weight Class: middleweight, light heavyweight.

Fighting Styles: Taekwondo, Muay Thai.

Popularly known as the “Spider,” he redefined striking in MMA with his dazzling footwork. As well as pinpoint accuracy and devastating kicks. 

He reigned supreme over the middleweight division for a record-breaking 2,457 days. Defending his title an astonishing 10 times. 

His victories over Vitor Belfort, Rich Franklin, and Chael Sonnen are legendary. Anderson influence on the sport, inspiring a generation of fighters with his innovative striking techniques, is immeasurable.

Achievements

  • 7x Knockout of the Night.
  • 5x Fight of the Night.
  • 2x Submission of the Night.
  • Longest title reign in UFC history (2,457 days).

4. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Weight Class: Lightweight, Welterweight.

Fighting Style: Mauling

Khabib Nurmagomedov earned the nickname “The Eagle” for his predatory takedowns and smothering top control. Khabib, the only undefeated champion in UFC history, embodied dominance in the lightweight division. 

He retired with a perfect 29-0 record, defeating legends like Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, and Justin Gaethje. 

Khabib’s aura of invincibility and unwavering commitment to his grappling-heavy style made him a truly unique champion.

Achievements 

  • 3x Performance of the Night.
  • 2020 UFC Honors Submission of the Year.

5. Demetrious Johnson

Top 10 All-Time UFC Fighters

Weight Class: Flyweight and Bantamweight.

Fighting Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Demetrious Johnson redefined flyweight MMA with his incredible speed, footwork, and takedown defense. He holds the record for most title defenses in UFC history (12), all at flyweight. 

His dominance over the division was unmatched, with wins over Joseph Benavidez, John Dodson, and Kyoji Horiguchi. Demetrious technical brilliance and adaptability were showcased in his diverse, striking arsenal and elusive movement. 

This made him a true pioneer in the sport. Even earning him the nickname “Mighty Mouse” for his diminutive stature and lightning-fast reflexes.

Achievements

  • UFC Flyweight Championship Winner.
  • 3x Fight of the Night.
  • 4x Performance of the Night.
  • Submission of the Night.
  • Knockout of the Night.
  • 2019 ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion.

6. Amanda Nunes

Amanda Nunes

Weight Class: Women’s Bantamweight, Women’s Featherweight.

Fighting Style: Striker.

Amanda Nunes is the first woman to make our list of the Top 10 All-Time UFC Fighters. This undisputed “Lioness” of women’s MMA, Nunes, holds the record for most combined title defenses in UFC history (14). Across two weight divisions (bantamweight and featherweight),. 

Her power, aggression, and well-rounded skill set have made her a force to be reckoned with. Victories over Valentina Shevchenko, Holly Holm, and Cris Cyborg solidify her legendary status. Her nickname, “The Lioness,” aptly reflects her ferocious fighting style and dominance in the cage.

Achievements

  • Third UFC Double-Champ.
  • The first fighter in UFC history to defend two belts consequently.
  • Most win in UFC title fights amongst women (10).
  • 5x Performance of the Night.

7. Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier

Weight Class: Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight.

Fighting Style: wrestling.

Daniel Cormier, shortened as “DC, was a double champion, holding belts in both the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. His wrestling pedigree honed through his Olympic career, and powerful striking made him a dangerous threat in any fight. 

He defeated legends like Anthony Johnson, Alexander Gustafsson, and Stipe Miocic, showcasing his versatility and resilience. His nickname, “DC,” simply refers to his initials, but for fans, it carries the weight of his championship achievements and fighting spirit.

Achievements

  • Second UFC Double-Champ.
  • 3x Performance of the Night.
  • 2x Fight of the Night.
  • Strikeforce Heavyweight Champ.

8. Stipe Miocic

Daniel Cormier

Weight Class: Heavyweight.

Fighting Style: wrestling.

Stipe Miocic, popularly known as “Bombshell,” is a heavyweight GOAT contender. He has the record for the most heavyweight title defenses (3). 

His powerful boxing and relentless pressure have made him a force in the division. Victories over Junior dos Santos, Fabricio Werdum, and Daniel Cormier cemented his legacy.

Miocic has proven to be a top athlete throughout his MMA career. His UFC 295 bout against Jon Jones will be one of the biggest fights ever.

Achievements

  • 5x Performance of the Night.
  • 3x Fight of the Night.
  • Knockout of the Night.

9. Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor

Weight Class: Featherweight, Welterweight, and Lightweight.

Fighting Style: Striker

While his accolades may not match those of others on this list, his impact on the UFC’s popularity is undeniable. He holds the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history (against José Aldo).

Conkt also boasts wins over Jose Aldo, Eddie Alvarez, and Dustin Poirier. His star power and fighting spirit continue to captivate audiences, making him a true icon in the sport.

Achievements

  • First UFC Double-Champ.
  • 7x Performance of the Night.
  • 2x Fight of the Night.
  • Knockout of the Night.
  • Fastest title fight victory in UFC history (13 seconds).
  • 2015 Fighter of the Year.
  • 2021 Highest-Paid Athlete.

10. Jose Aldo 

Jose Aldo

Weight Class: Lightweight, Bantamweight, and Featherweight,

Fighting Style: Muay Thai Striking.

Jose is considered to be one of the greatest featherweights ever. He holds the record for the longest title reign in UFC featherweight history.

He’s the only fighter to have successfully defended the title seven times. Aldo is also the first and only fighter to have held both the WEC and UFC featherweight titles. Aldo defended the WEC title twice before the UFC purchased the WEC in 2010.

He was then crowned the inaugural UFC featherweight champion. Aldo went on to defend the UFC title seven times, defeating some of the best fighters in the world, including Chad Mendes, Frankie Edgar, and Urijah Faber.

Achievements

  • 4x Fight of the Night.
  • 2x Performance of the Night.
  • WEC Featherweight Champ.

Wrapping Up

In compiling the list of the top 10 all-time UFC fighters, we’ve considered their skill, dominance, and impact on the sport. These fighters have not only achieved remarkable success in the octagon but have also transcended the sport, becoming legends in their own right.

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