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The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time

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

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  1. 1
    Up 687
    Down 167

    most listed
    Anderson Silva

    1975 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 543
    Down 176
    1976 More
    97
  3. 3
    Up 304
    Down 111

    ranked low on reranks
    Georges St. Pierre

    1981 More
    89
  4. 4
    Up 238
    Down 125

    often listed
    Chuck Liddell

    1969 More
    85
  5. 5
    Up 283
    Down 177

    the people's #1 &often listed
    Royce Gracie

    1966 More
    85
  6. 6
    Up 258
    Down 149

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Randy Couture

    1963 More
    84
  7. 7
    Up 334
    Down 122

    ranked low on reranks
    Matt Hughes

    1973 More
    83
  8. 8
    Up 403
    Down 104

    ranked low on reranks
    Bas Rutten

    1965 More
    80
  9. 9
    Up 206
    Down 111
    1976 More
    78
  10. 10
    Up 173
    Down 64
    1970 More
    78
  11. 11
    Up 196
    Down 114

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    BJ Penn

    77
  12. 12
    Up 231
    Down 184

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ken Shamrock

    1964 More
    73
  13. 13
    Up 206
    Down 116
    1974 More
    70
  14. 14
    Up 182
    Down 78

    ranked low on reranks
    Kazushi Sakuraba

    1969 More
    69
  15. 15
    Up 134
    Down 53

    ranked low on reranks
    Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

    1976 More
    69
  16. 16
    Up 134
    Down 123

    ranked high on reranks
    Jon Jones

    1987 More
    64
  17. 17
    Up 155
    Down 82
    1973 More
    63
  18. 18
    Up 155
    Down 83
    1978 More
    60
  19. 19
    Up 128
    Down 100

    often listed
    Dan Severn

    1958 More
    60
  20. 20
    Up 87
    Down 65

    often listed
    Rich Franklin

    1974 More
    59
  21. 21
    Up 126
    Down 31
    1978 More
    59
    added by: DanielRichman
  22. 22
    Up 104
    Down 46

    Jose Aldo

    9/9/1986 More
    58
  23. 23
    Up 109
    Down 109

    often listed
    Frank Shamrock

    1972 More
    58
  24. 24
    Up 112
    Down 54
    1981 More
    57
  25. 25
    Up 127
    Down 99
    1967 More
    57
  26. 26
    Up 100
    Down 50
    1982 More
    56
  27. 27
    Up 118
    Down 109
    1958 More
    55
  28. 28
    Up 82
    Down 65
    1964 More
    53
  29. 29
    Up 93
    Down 80

    often listed
    Oleg Taktarov

    1967 More
    53
  30. 30
    Up 76
    Down 73

    ranked high on reranks
    Forrest Griffin

    1979 More
    52
  31. 31
    Up 86
    Down 104

    often listed
    Tito Ortiz

    1975 More
    51
  32. 32
    Up 95
    Down 63

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Don Frye

    1965 More
    51
  33. 33
    Up 71
    Down 37
    1977 More
    51
    added by: DanielRichman
  34. 34
    Up 72
    Down 39

    ranked low on reranks
    Frank Mir

    1979 More
    50
    added by: DanielRichman
  35. 35
    Up 105
    Down 61
    No image

    Nick Diaz

    50
  36. 36
    Up 62
    Down 53
    1979 More
    48
  37. 37
    Up 60
    Down 74
    1968 More
    47
  38. 38
    Up 51
    Down 53
    No image
    1976 More
    46
  39. 39
    Up 55
    Down 106

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    David L. Abbott

    1965 More
    45
  40. 40
    Up 60
    Down 85
    1971 More
    44
  41. 41
    Up 36
    Down 85

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Guy Mezger

    1968 More
    43
  42. 42
    Up 28
    Down 56

    ranked high on reranks
    Ben Henderson

    1983 More
    41
  43. 43
    Up 57
    Down 77

    ranked low on reranks
    Marco Ruas

    1961 More
    41
  44. 44
    Up 23
    Down 80

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Matt Lindland

    1970 More
    40
  45. 45
    Up 30
    Down 58

    Dominick Cruz

    3/9/1985 More
    40
  46. 46
    Up 30
    Down 33
    39
    added by: DanielRichman
  47. 47
    Up 20
    Down 59
    No image

    often listed
    Carlos Newton

    1976 More
    39
  48. 48
    Up 30
    Down 60
    No image

    ranked low on reranks
    Mark Kerr

    1968 More
    36
  49. 49
    Up 20
    Down 59
    No image

    often listed
    Gary Goodridge

    1966 More
    36
  50. 50
    Up 17
    Down 47

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Maurice Smith

    1961 More
    35
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