Ranking the Greatest MMA Fighters of All Time

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The term "great" in mixed martial arts signifies a level of skill and achievement that stands out in a highly competitive sport. However, being labelled one of the greatest of all time (GOAT) elevates a fighter into an elite echelon, admired by fighters, critics, and fans alike for eternity.

Over the years, numerous fighters have showcased their prowess, but only a select few have attained the revered GOAT status. Herrin Kendrick, MMA expert of BettingTips4You.com, has compiled this list of legendary fighters, highlighting what made them unforgettable in the Octagon. As Kendrick states, "The fighters on this list have not only defined their eras but have also set standards that will be challenging for future generations to surpass."

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Anderson Silva (34-11, 1 No Contest)

Despite his 11 losses, Anderson Silva, known as "The Spider," is celebrated for his innovative fighting style and dominance in the UFC. His 16 consecutive wins over six years, including victories against notable opponents like Chris Leben, Rich Franklin, and Vitor Belfort, highlight his reign. Silva's influence extends to future generations, evidenced by the respect shown by fighters like Israel Adesanya.

Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0)

Khabib "The Eagle" Nurmagomedov retired with an impeccable 29-0 record, showcasing his unparalleled grappling and submission skills. His victories over Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, and Justin Gaethje, where he progressively needed fewer rounds to secure his wins, solidified his legacy as one of the best wrestlers in MMA history.

Daniel Cormier (22-3, 1 No Contest)

Daniel "DC" Cormier's career is marked by his versatility and achievements across multiple weight classes. Despite his struggles against Jon Jones, Cormier's victories, including becoming a double champion by holding both the light heavyweight and heavyweight titles, underscore his significant impact on the sport.

Stipe Miocic (20-4)

Stipe Miocic's place among the GOATs is cemented by his successful defences of the heavyweight title against top-tier fighters like Alistair Overeem and Francis Ngannou. His ability to bounce back after losses and his victories in two of three bouts against Daniel Cormier further affirm his legacy.

Fedor Emelianenko (40-6, 1 No Contest)

Known as "The Last Emperor," Fedor Emelianenko's near-decade of dominance featured wins over formidable opponents like Mirko Cro Cop and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. His

success across various promotions, despite never fighting in the UFC, secures his status as one of the greatest heavyweights in MMA history.

Amanda Nunes (21-5)

Amanda "The Lioness" Nunes is a double champion who has decimated top fighters like Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg. Her reign of destruction over six years, coupled with her wins over Valentina Shevchenko, underscores her position as the greatest female fighter in MMA history.

Demetrious Johnson (30-4-1)

"Mighty Mouse" Demetrious Johnson's 11 consecutive flyweight title defences demonstrate his dominance. Although his split-decision loss to Henry Cejudo was controversial, Johnson's technical prowess and consistency ensure his place among the all-time greats.

Jose Aldo (31-7)

Jose Aldo's featherweight championship reign was exceptional, with eight title defences. Despite setbacks against Conor McGregor and Max Holloway, Aldo's resilience and continued success, including a winning streak in recent years, highlight his enduring excellence.

Conor McGregor (22-6)

Conor "The Notorious" McGregor, the first fighter to hold two UFC titles simultaneously, is as famous for his knockout power and charisma as his in-ring achievements. Although recent losses have dimmed his star slightly, his impact on the sport and his legacy as a pay-per-view draw remain unmatched.

Max Holloway (23-6)

Max Holloway's victories over high-calibre fighters like Jose Aldo and Brian Ortega, combined with his relentless striking, make him a key figure in GOAT discussions. Despite a controversial split-decision loss to Alexander Volkanovski, Holloway continues to be a formidable contender.

Georges St-Pierre (26-2)

Georges "GSP" St-Pierre's career is defined by his dominance in the welterweight division, with nine consecutive title defences. His return to capture the middleweight title from Michael Bisping only added to his legacy, making him one of the most well-rounded fighters ever.

Jon Jones (26-1, 1 No Contest)

Jon "Bones" Jones is a master tactician with 10 light heavyweight title defences to his name. Despite his personal issues, Jones' ability to outthink and outfight his opponents in the Octagon keeps him at the forefront of any GOAT conversation. His move to heavyweight and subsequent title win further enhance his remarkable career.

These fighters have not only excelled in their respective divisions but have also set standards for future generations. Their legacies are built on unmatched skills, memorable victories, and a relentless pursuit of greatness.

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