Since the UFC first appeared on the scene in 1993, mixed martial arts (MMA) has seen significant expansion as a sport. Over the course of the subsequent twenty years, mixed martial arts (MMA) evolved into a worldwide phenomenon that gave rise to an abundance of fighting promotions and a large number of talented competitors. Some of these exceptionally talented fighters have gone on to achieve success outside the realm of mixed martial arts (MMA), even contributing to the sport’s ascent to levels previously unattainable.
This is just a starting point; an entry into a combat world filled with characters and athletes who have become bigger than life. This list of the most renowned mixed martial arts fighters is only the beginning. This “All-Time Best” list does not even come close to being comprehensive or definitive in any way. In point of fact, you should contact us if you believe that one of the fighters listed below is missing.
List of the Most Notable Mixed Martial Arts Competitors
Known as Anderson Silva.
Anderson, also known as “The Spider” At one time in his career, Silva was considered the finest fighter in the world pound for pound. He was the champion of the middleweight category for over seven years and held the title longer than any other champion in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. There is a school of thought that holds that Silva is the best mixed martial arts fighter of all time, but that discussion belongs to an other day and a different ranking.
Silva unified the middleweight championships of the UFC and Pride, and at one time in his career, he held the record for the most successful title defenses with 16. He won the UFC middleweight title in his second fight with the company and continued to dominate for another 2,457 days after claiming the championship. Anderson would go on to hold many striking records with the promotion during the course of his career.
The terrible fractured leg that Silva sustained in a rematch battle against Chris Weidman will also be remembered in people’s minds.
The champion Georges St-Pierre
Georges St-Pierre is the only other competitor on our list who has a shot at competing with Anderson Silva for the title of best mixed martial arts fighter of all time. The Canadian mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar was a two-division champion and is generally regarded as the finest welterweight fighter in the history of the sport. He is better known by his ring name, GSP.
During the first three years of his tenure in the UFC, GSP was on the losing end of two matches.
St-Pierre, on the other hand, has been victorious in every bout since then. He has triumphed against legendary competitors in the sport, such as BJ Penn and Matt Hughes, among others. In addition, he has defeated some of the most accomplished competitors of this age, such as Nick Diaz and Michael Bisping.
GSP was the most popular pay-per-view event for the UFC while he was at the pinnacle of his career.
GSP will always be recognized as one of the best athletes of all time, despite the fact that others have surpassed him in this particular area.
Ronda Rousey is the fighter.
When one thinks about women’s mixed martial arts (MMA), the name Ronda Rousey immediately comes to mind. The two will always be linked with one another. Rousey was the one who contributed the most to the growth of women’s MMA more than anybody else. In point of fact, it will be difficult for any other female MMA star to exceed the milestones that Ronda has achieved.
When Rousey earned the bronze medal in Judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics, she made history as the first woman from the United States to ever win an Olympic medal in the sport. In 2010, she made the transition to the professional ranks and went on to have many successful mixed martial arts bouts for a variety of companies. She would win the women’s bantamweight championship of Strikeforce before going on to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2012.
Rousey would go on to become the most famous athlete in the UFC during her prime years with the organization. She was the first woman to ever win the title of company champion and was unbeaten for over three years throughout her reign. Rousey was able to successfully defend her championship six times until she eventually fell short. During that winning run, she was the main event for pay-per-view, she copyrighted her arm-bar submission, and she changed the sport of mixed martial arts for female fighters.
Rousey would make history by entering the UFC Hall of Fame as the first female fighter in the organization’s history. She has also had some success in Hollywood and has gone on to become a megastar in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).