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The 22 Best UFC Fighters Of All Time

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The UFC celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018, and across their history, thousands of different fighters have fought for the organization. Currently, over 600 fighters are a part of the roster, many of them considered to be the best MMA fighters of all time.

The GOAT debate is fun no matter which sport you’re talking about, so for the sake of it, we decided to put together a list of the 17 best UFC fighters of all time, with a bunch of reasons why we believe so. Below you can check out a list of the best fighters in alphabetical order, and further below that; you’ll find the evidence.

  1. Amanda Nunes (21-4-0)
  2. Anderson Silva (34-10-0)
  3. B.J. Penn (16-14-2)
  4. Chuck Liddell (21-8-0)
  5. Conor McGregor (22-4-0)
  6. Dan Henderson (32-15-0)
  7. Daniel Cormier (22-2-0)
  8. Demetrious Johnson (27-3-1)
  9. Dominick Cruz (22-3-0)
  10. Georges St-Pierre (26-2-0)
  11. Henry Cejudo (16-2-0)
  12. Jon Jones (26-1-0)
  13. José Aldo (28-7-0)
  14. Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0)
  15. Matt Hughes (45-9-0)
  16. Randy Couture (19-11-0)
  17. Stipe Miocic (19-3-0)
  18. Max Holloway (22-6)
  19. Michael Bisping (30-9)
  20. Valentina Shevchenko (20-3)
  21. Ronda Rousey (12-2)
  22. Rashad Evans (19-8)

Honorable Mentions

18. Max Holloway (23-7)

There are few fighters with as tough a chin as the great Max Holloway. Boasting a 23-7 MMA record, that includes a stint as UFC Featherweight Champion. He would defend his Featherweight title successfully three times before losing to Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 245. Holloway is currently the #12 ranked pound-for-pound fighter and remains a contender for the Featherweight title.

19. Michael Bisping (30-9)

There are few Englishmen who's resumé in the UFC competes with the likes of Michael Bisping. Bisping was the first British fighter to win a UFC championship when he defeated Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. Bisping would retire from fighting in 2018, and would shortly be introduced into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2019. Today, Bisping enjoys an acting career and was recently announced in 2020 that he would be the lead in the movie The Journeyman.

20. Valentina Shevchenko (23-3)

There are few people on this earth who have stepped in the octagon with Valentina Shevchenko and come out victorious, as she boasts an MMA record of 23-3. She is the current Flyweight Champion and has defended that title successfully five times. She currently sits as the #2 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC and it doesn't look like she will be giving up that belt anytime soon.

21. Ronda Rousey (12-2)

No fighter has done more to grow the fight game for women than Ronda Rousey. She was an Olympic gold-medalist competing in Judo before entering the UFC. In 2012, she became the first female fighter in the UFC and was giving the inaugural Women's Bantamweight Championship. She would eventually lose the title after an epic seven-fight defense run, and would never get back to the mountain top. She was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2018.

22. Rashad Evans (19-8)

Rashad Evans made his name in the UFC by winning The Ultimate Fighter in early 2000. Despite being the shortest and nearly lightest of all competitors in his weight class, he still dominated and secured a spot in the UFC. His most remembered moment came at UFC 88 where he knocked out legend Chuck Lidell. Evans enjoyed a short stint as Light Heavyweight Champion before retiring in 2018. He was inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame in 2019.

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