The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time Athletes
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The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time

List Criteria: Please vote for these MMA legends based only on their time in the ring

The greatest MMA legends of all time are all here on this list. Some of the best MMA fighters have come up from nothing more than street scrappers to become the best fighters in the world. With intense training and tremendous mental and physical focus, these men have earned the title of greatest MMA legend.

Some of the men on the list of the top MMA legends are new to the sport, while others can be considered MMA pioneers. Some, like Chuck Liddell, have become pop culture icons while a fighter like Royce Gracie is considered to be one the toughest MMA fighters to have entered the octagon. All these factors- the toughest MMA fighter, the best grappler in the MMA, the best conditioned MMA fighter- come together to determine what makes the best MMA fighter and who can truly be called the greatest MMA legend of all time.

Who are the greatest MMA fighters of all time? Who are the top MMA legends? What MMA fighter is the best of all time? These are the questions we seek to answer with this votable list of the greatest MMA legends ever, ranked by MMA fans like you. If your favorite MMA fighter isn't on the list, make sure to add him so he can do battle with other MMA athletes as they slug it out for the top spot and title of best MMA fighter ever.

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List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 620
    Down 183

    the people's #1 &most listed
    Fedor Emelianenko

    1976 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 725
    Down 200
    1975 More
    99
  3. 3
    Up 342
    Down 124
    1981 More
    89
  4. 4
    Up 263
    Down 143
    1969 More
    84
  5. 5
    Up 311
    Down 191
    1966 More
    84
  6. 6
    Up 283
    Down 160
    1963 More
    84
  7. 7
    Up 349
    Down 138
    1973 More
    84
  8. 8
    Up 422
    Down 112

    ranked low on reranks
    Bas Rutten

    1965 More
    80
  9. 9
    Up 225
    Down 121
    1976 More
    79
  10. 10
    Up 190
    Down 75
    1970 More
    77
  11. 11
    Up 213
    Down 130

    BJ Penn

    75
  12. 12
    Up 237
    Down 125
    1974 More
    75
  13. 13
    Up 244
    Down 198
    1964 More
    72
  14. 14
    Up 196
    Down 88
    1969 More
    69
  15. 15
    Up 146
    Down 60
    1976 More
    67
  16. 16
    Up 163
    Down 92
    1973 More
    63
  17. 17
    Up 141
    Down 106
    1958 More
    60
  18. 18
    Up 163
    Down 136
    1987 More
    60
  19. 19
    Up 93
    Down 76
    1974 More
    56
  20. 20
    Up 91
    Down 70
    1964 More
    55
  21. 21
    Up 121
    Down 117

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Frank Shamrock

    1972 More
    55
  22. 22
    Up 167
    Down 93
    1978 More
    54
  23. 23
    Up 136
    Down 106
    1967 More
    54
  24. 24
    Up 148
    Down 41

    ranked low on reranks
    Lyoto Machida

    1978 More
    53
    added by: DanielRichman
  25. 25
    Up 120
    Down 61
    1982 More
    52
  26. 26
    Up 109
    Down 68
    1965 More
    51
  27. 27
    Up 132
    Down 115
    1958 More
    50
  28. 28
    Up 99
    Down 87
    1967 More
    50
  29. 29
    Up 117
    Down 54

    Jose Aldo

    9/9/1986 More
    50
  30. 30
    Up 119
    Down 63
    1981 More
    48
  31. 31
    Up 91
    Down 84
    1979 More
    47
  32. 32
    Up 98
    Down 117
    1975 More
    47
  33. 33
    Up 84
    Down 48
    1979 More
    47
    added by: DanielRichman
  34. 34
    Up 83
    Down 42
    1977 More
    46
    added by: DanielRichman
  35. 35
    Up 68
    Down 82
    1968 More
    45
  36. 36
    Up 69
    Down 91
    1971 More
    45
  37. 37
    Up 61
    Down 118
    1965 More
    45
  38. 38
    Up 72
    Down 60
    1979 More
    44
  39. 39
    Up 40
    Down 90

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Guy Mezger

    1968 More
    43
  40. 40
    Up 114
    Down 72
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    ranked low on reranks
    Nick Diaz

    43
  41. 41
    Up 64
    Down 83
    1961 More
    40
  42. 42
    Up 25
    Down 84

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Matt Lindland

    1970 More
    40
  43. 43
    Up 30
    Down 21

    ranked low on reranks
    Mark Hunt

    1974 More
    40
    added by: DanielRichman
  44. 44
    Up 22
    Down 64
    No image
    1976 More
    39
  45. 45
    Up 23
    Down 65
    No image
    1966 More
    36
  46. 46
    Up 34
    Down 37

    ranked low on reranks
    Anthony Pettis

    35
    added by: DanielRichman
  47. 47
    Up 19
    Down 52

    often listed
    Maurice Smith

    1961 More
    35
  48. 48
    Up 33
    Down 66
    No image
    1968 More
    35
  49. 49
    Up 19
    Down 51
    No image
    1970 More
    35
  50. 50
    Up 57
    Down 31
    1978 More
    34
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