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 617
    Down 183

    the people's #1 &most listed
    Fedor Emelianenko

    1976 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 723
    Down 200
    1975 More
    99
  3. 3
    Up 339
    Down 124
    1981 More
    88
  4. 4
    Up 263
    Down 142

    often listed
    Chuck Liddell

    1969 More
    84
  5. 5
    Up 311
    Down 190
    1966 More
    84
  6. 6
    Up 283
    Down 159
    1963 More
    84
  7. 7
    Up 349
    Down 137

    ranked low on reranks
    Matt Hughes

    1973 More
    84
  8. 8
    Up 420
    Down 112

    ranked low on reranks
    Bas Rutten

    1965 More
    81
  9. 9
    Up 222
    Down 121
    1976 More
    79
  10. 10
    Up 189
    Down 75
    1970 More
    77
  11. 11
    Up 212
    Down 130

    BJ Penn

    75
  12. 12
    Up 237
    Down 124
    1974 More
    75
  13. 13
    Up 243
    Down 198

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ken Shamrock

    1964 More
    72
  14. 14
    Up 195
    Down 88
    1969 More
    70
  15. 15
    Up 145
    Down 60
    1976 More
    70
  16. 16
    Up 162
    Down 92
    1973 More
    64
  17. 17
    Up 162
    Down 135

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jon Jones

    1987 More
    63
  18. 18
    Up 140
    Down 106
    1958 More
    61
  19. 19
    Up 146
    Down 40

    ranked low on reranks
    Lyoto Machida

    1978 More
    60
    added by: DanielRichman
  20. 20
    Up 117
    Down 53

    Jose Aldo

    9/9/1986 More
    60
  21. 21
    Up 120
    Down 60
    1982 More
    59
  22. 22
    Up 166
    Down 93
    1978 More
    59
  23. 23
    Up 92
    Down 76
    1974 More
    58
  24. 24
    Up 120
    Down 117
    1972 More
    57
  25. 25
    Up 90
    Down 70
    1964 More
    57
  26. 26
    Up 119
    Down 62
    1981 More
    56
  27. 27
    Up 135
    Down 106
    1967 More
    56
  28. 28
    Up 131
    Down 115
    1958 More
    54
  29. 29
    Up 108
    Down 68
    1965 More
    53
  30. 30
    Up 91
    Down 83
    1979 More
    52
  31. 31
    Up 82
    Down 42
    1977 More
    52
    added by: DanielRichman
  32. 32
    Up 98
    Down 87
    1967 More
    52
  33. 33
    Up 84
    Down 47
    1979 More
    51
    added by: DanielRichman
  34. 34
    Up 97
    Down 117
    1975 More
    50
  35. 35
    Up 114
    Down 71
    No image

    Nick Diaz

    50
  36. 36
    Up 71
    Down 60
    1979 More
    49
  37. 37
    Up 67
    Down 82
    1968 More
    48
  38. 38
    Up 30
    Down 20
    1974 More
    46
    added by: DanielRichman
  39. 39
    Up 61
    Down 117

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tank Abbott

    1965 More
    46
  40. 40
    Up 69
    Down 91
    1971 More
    46
  41. 41
    Up 39
    Down 90

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Guy Mezger

    1968 More
    44
  42. 42
    Up 63
    Down 83
    1961 More
    42
  43. 43
    Up 35
    Down 62
    1983 More
    42
  44. 44
    Up 25
    Down 83

    often listed
    Matt Lindland

    1970 More
    41
  45. 45
    Up 34
    Down 36
    40
    added by: DanielRichman
  46. 46
    Up 33
    Down 62

    Dominick Cruz

    3/9/1985 More
    40
  47. 47
    Up 21
    Down 64
    No image
    1976 More
    40
  48. 48
    Up 23
    Down 64
    No image
    1966 More
    37
  49. 49
    Up 56
    Down 31
    1978 More
    37
  50. 50
    Up 33
    Down 65
    No image
    1968 More
    37
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