Top 10 Greatest UFC Fighters
This article will take you throughout who I believe are 10 of the greatest fighters to ever step in the octagon of the UFC. Even though people know this list is subjective, and I'm sure there will be complaints, remember this is for fun and nothing more than my opinion! Read on and enjoy the top 10 greatest UFC fighters. All records shown are the fighters UFC record, not including other organizations.
10. Tito Ortiz
Though the Huntington Beach Bad Boy had quite a fall from grace, in the early days of the UFC he was a force to be reckoned with. Employing brutal ground and pound, Ortiz' most notable wins include Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort, and Forrest Griffin.
9. Vitor Belfort`
"The Phenom" has had a resurgence late in his career making a run for the title culminating in his upcoming bout with current Middleweight title holder Chris Weidman. Though some would say Belfort has relied upon testosterone replacement therapy in his run, he will not be legally allowed to use against Weidman. Belfort known for his lightning quick flurries has notable wins over Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, and Wanderlei Silva
8. Chuck Liddell
"The Iceman" was one of the MMA's very first major stars. Though Liddell's career lasted a bit longer than it probably should have, he was known for brutal knockout power and exciting fights. After winning the Light Heavyweight title from Randy Couture, Liddell successfully defended the belt four times. The Iceman holds wins over some the sports greats including Couture, Tito Ortiz, Vitor Belfort, and Kevin Randleman.
Hughes is one of the most dominant Welterweights the planet has ever seen, overshadowed by just one. Hughes had an explosive style using his wrestling to control the fight. A two-time belt holder Hughes first title reign lasted 6 defenses before losing to BJ Penn. Hughes best wins include revenge over BJ Penn, Sean Sherk, Frank Trigg, and Georges St. Pierre.
6. BJ Penn
By just looking at BJ Penn's record one might wonder why he would ever be on the this list. Penn has fought the who's who of the MMA world including holding titles in two different weightclasses. Penn is known for his fearlessness and his natural talent leading him to wins over Matt Hughes, Sean Sherk, Caol Uno, and Jens Pulver.
Jose Aldo came into the UFC as the first Featherweight champion after the UFC acquired the WEC where Aldo had long been dominant. Since the UFC has added the Featherweight division Aldo has been unbeatable with wins over all comers including Chad Mendes, Frankie Edgar, and Kenny Florian.
4. Randy Couture
"The Natural" has had a career where he seems to defy the very laws of aging competing at a high level until the ripe age of 48, unheard of in almost any sport, let alone one as physically demanding as MMA. Throughout that time Couture used his dirty boxing, grinding fight style in 16 title fights, winning the strap in multiple weightclasses. Couture has wins over Chuck Liddell, Vitor Belfort, Tito Ortiz, and Pedro Rizzo.
3. Jon Jones
With a record of 14-1 in the UFC and 20-1 overall "Bones" has certainly left his mark on the sport at such a young age. His lone loss is from a disqualification in a bout he was dominating. Jones won the Light Heavyweight title from Mauricio Rua and has successfully defended the belt seven times, usually winning in spectacular fashion. Notable wins include Shogun, Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort, Rampage Jackson, and Rashad Evans.
2. Anderson Silva
Anderson Silva has been one of the most dominant and exciting fighters of all time. Silva started off 16-0 in the octagon dominating the Middleweight division for years. His matrix like octagon flow have kept fans interested in watching his every move. Though Silva is on a two fight skid to Chris Weidman his return is much anticipated. His wins include Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, Vitor Belfort, and Forrest Griffin.
1. Georges St. Pierre
GSP, or Georges "Rush" St. Pierre, has been a force since joining the UFC. He has held the Welterweight title two times, first losing it on his first defense, and then regaining the title to defend it 9 straight times before retiring on top of the Welterweight division. GSP has cleaned out his division multiple times with notable wins over Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Sean Sherk, and current title-holder Johnny Hendricks.