Since its inception in 1993, mixed martial arts (MMA) has expanded significantly. Over the subsequent two decades, mixed martial arts (MMA) evolved into a worldwide phenomenon, giving rise to a multitude of prominent fighting organizations and dozens of exceptional competitors. Certain exceptionally skilled combatants have since surpassed the sport and contributed to the exponential growth of mixed martial arts.
This compilation of the most renowned mixed martial arts (MMA) combatants serves as an introduction to a world of combat where athletes and personalities have attained legendary proportions. This is in no way an exhaustive or definitive “All-Time Best” list. Indeed, should you perceive a combatant to be absent from below, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Silva Anderson Jr.
Smith, “The Spider” Silva was once the undisputed pound-for-pound champion of the globe. He ruled the middleweight division for approximately seven years, becoming the UFC’s all-time longest reigning champion. There are those who contend that Silva is the all-time finest mixed martial arts combatant, but that is an entirely different discussion and list.
Silva unified the middleweight titles of the UFC and Pride and once held the record with 16 successful title defenses. In his second bout with the organization, he captured the UFC middleweight championship and maintained his dominance for an additional 2,457 days. Additionally, Anderson established a number of remarkable records while employed by the promotion.
Additionally, Silva will be renowned for the horrifying fracture of his limb that occurred during a rematch matchup with Chris Weidman.
Regarding Georges St-Pierre
Georges St-Pierre is the only other fighter on this list who could possibly challenge Silva as the finest MMA fighter of all time. Commonly referred to as GSP, the Canadian mixed martial arts superstar dominated two divisions and is widely regarded as the all-time welterweight champion.
Two defeats befell GSP during the initial three years of his UFC tenure.
However, St-Pierre has since won each and every fight. He has triumphed over legendary figures in the sport, including BJ Penn and Matt Hughes. In addition, he has defeated prominent MMA competitors of the current era, including Nick Diaz and Michael Bisping.
At the height of his tenure, GSP was the UFC’s leading pay-per-view attraction.
Despite the fact that others have surpassed him in this particular category, GSP will perpetually be revered as one of the preeminent.
It is impossible to discuss women’s MMA without mentioning the name Ronda Rousey. For all time, the terms will be synonymous. Rousey contributed more than anyone else to women’s MMA history. In fact, Ronda’s accomplishments will be difficult for any female MMA superstar to surpass.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Rousey became the first-ever American woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo with a bronze medal. She turned professional in 2010 and competed in several successful MMA bouts for various promotions. She would win the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship prior to her 2012 UFC debut.
During her peak, Rousey would ascend to the position of the UFC’s greatest icon. She won her first championship for the organization and remained unbeaten for almost three years. Six title defenses went in Rousey’s favor prior to her eventual defeat. She was the primary attraction of pay-per-view events, patented the arm-bar submission, and revolutionized the sport for female combatants during that stretch.
Rousey would be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame as the inaugural female fighter to do so. In addition to having a modest Hollywood career, she has achieved WWE megastar status.