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The Top 6 Male MMA Fighters of All Time – Who’s Reigning Supreme?

Story Highlights
  • Georges St-Pierre
  • Jon Jones
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • Jose Aldo
  • Conor McGregor
  • Anderson Silva

In 1993, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) launched as the first official MMA, Mixed Martial Arts, competition in the United States. It has since grown in popularity to become one of the most-watched athletic events since it is so entertaining. Let us look at the top six male mixed-martial-arts fighters of all time.

Georges St-Pierre

George St. Pierre’s father taught him Karate, and at the age of 16, GSP became professional. It was at UFC 46 when he made his MMA debut. His win against the then-favorite and Judo specialist Karo Parisyan was a big upset and stamped him as a rising force to be reckoned with; this was further strengthened when he won his second UFC bout in less than 2 minutes at UFC 48. St. Pierre retired with a record of 26–2–0 and the record for most successful title defenses in the UFC Welterweight division at nine.

Jon Jones

Jon Jones, one of the most exciting and remarkable fighters of the last decade, has established himself among the elite in his profession. Having trained in wrestling, he had unrivaled takedown abilities, and his battles have a distinctive flavor due to his ability to employ his southpaw fighting style to his advantage. Every time he performed, audiences were left wanting more of his unique approach. Jones’ 26-1-0 record speaks for itself, and his lone defeat to date, in December 2009, was a disqualification. As a result of a technicality involving an elbow strike, he was disqualified, which sparked heated debate.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Russian MMA legend Khabib Nurmagomedov retired in 2020 after compiling a perfect 29-0-0 record and dominating the lightweight division for over three years. Khabib was raised in the Russian region of Serbia and became famous for a training video in which he wrestled a bear. Then, at the tender age of seventeen, he launched his career abruptly by shocking the UFC with six wins in his rookie season. Khabib maintained his reign as lightweight, with victories coming through eight knockouts, eleven submissions, and ten judges’ decisions.

Jose Aldo

Jose Aldo is perhaps the best bantamweight fighter in UFC history. Originally from Brazil, he soon made use of his knowledge of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in the World Extreme Cagefighting circuit. He won the WEC Featherweight Championship in the organization’s last year before merging with the UFC and retained his title there. With a 31-7-0 record, he became a two-time UFC Featherweight Champion. His outstanding record and striking abilities have made many consider him one of the finest featherweights in MMA history. 

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor, an Irish lightweight MMA fighter, is one of the best of all time and one of the most interesting characters in the sport. After joining the UFC in 2013, McGregor immediately ascended to prominence in the featherweight category, eventually winning the championship in 2015. The next year, he won the lightweight championship with a shocking knockout of José Aldo that lasted a record thirteen seconds. McGregor has had consistent success throughout his career, as seen by his undefeated record of 22-6-0 in mixed martial arts competition.

Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva’s 34-11-0 record enhances his case for being regarded as one of the best fighters. Silva, a former Middleweight Champion, was a formidable opponent during his time and an almost unstoppable champion. With 16 consecutive victories, Silva owns the longest championship run in UFC history and is second most title defenses in the organization’s annals, behind only Georges St-Pierre. He became a legend in Brazilian jiu-jitsu because of his exceptional talent in art and his other attributes.

These names are just a few of the leagues of champions, and with the increase in the popularity of MMA and UFC, many more are to come.

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