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 645
    Down 191

    the people's #1 &most listed
    Fedor Emelianenko

    1976 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 747
    Down 207
    1975 More
    98
  3. 3
    Up 360
    Down 131
    1981 More
    89
  4. 4
    Up 276
    Down 152
    1969 More
    84
  5. 5
    Up 321
    Down 199
    1966 More
    84
  6. 6
    Up 294
    Down 166
    1963 More
    84
  7. 7
    Up 357
    Down 144
    1973 More
    83
  8. 8
    Up 432
    Down 117

    ranked low on reranks
    Bas Rutten

    1965 More
    80
  9. 9
    Up 234
    Down 125
    1976 More
    79
  10. 10
    Up 232
    Down 134
    1978 More
    78
  11. 11
    Up 197
    Down 80
    1970 More
    76
  12. 12
    Up 250
    Down 127
    1974 More
    75
  13. 13
    Up 247
    Down 206
    1964 More
    72
  14. 14
    Up 202
    Down 92
    1969 More
    69
  15. 15
    Up 154
    Down 62
    1976 More
    68
  16. 16
    Up 167
    Down 96
    1973 More
    63
  17. 17
    Up 174
    Down 140
    1987 More
    61
  18. 18
    Up 145
    Down 111
    1958 More
    60
  19. 19
    Up 99
    Down 79
    1974 More
    56
  20. 20
    Up 97
    Down 74
    1964 More
    55
  21. 21
    Up 124
    Down 122

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Frank Shamrock

    1972 More
    55
  22. 22
    Up 173
    Down 95
    1978 More
    54
  23. 23
    Up 139
    Down 109
    1967 More
    53
  24. 24
    Up 156
    Down 43

    ranked low on reranks
    Lyoto Machida

    1978 More
    53
    added by: DanielRichman
  25. 25
    Up 127
    Down 62
    1982 More
    52
  26. 26
    Up 112
    Down 72
    1965 More
    51
  27. 27
    Up 136
    Down 119
    1958 More
    50
  28. 28
    Up 101
    Down 92
    1967 More
    50
  29. 29
    Up 123
    Down 56

    Jose Aldo

    9/9/1986 More
    50
  30. 30
    Up 126
    Down 66
    1981 More
    48
  31. 31
    Up 95
    Down 88
    1979 More
    47
  32. 32
    Up 89
    Down 51
    1979 More
    47
    added by: DanielRichman
  33. 33
    Up 100
    Down 122
    1975 More
    47
  34. 34
    Up 89
    Down 45
    1977 More
    46
    added by: DanielRichman
  35. 35
    Up 70
    Down 86
    1968 More
    45
  36. 36
    Up 73
    Down 94
    1971 More
    45
  37. 37
    Up 63
    Down 123

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tank Abbott

    1965 More
    45
  38. 38
    Up 77
    Down 63
    1979 More
    44
  39. 39
    Up 41
    Down 95

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Guy Mezger

    1968 More
    43
  40. 40
    Up 119
    Down 74
    No image

    ranked low on reranks
    Nick Diaz

    43
  41. 41
    Up 35
    Down 23

    ranked low on reranks
    Mark Hunt

    1974 More
    40
    added by: DanielRichman
  42. 42
    Up 27
    Down 88

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Matt Lindland

    1970 More
    40
  43. 43
    Up 65
    Down 88
    1961 More
    40
  44. 44
    Up 24
    Down 68
    No image
    1976 More
    39
  45. 45
    Up 25
    Down 69
    No image
    1966 More
    36
  46. 46
    Up 37
    Down 41

    ranked low on reranks
    Anthony Pettis

    35
    added by: DanielRichman
  47. 47
    Up 36
    Down 69
    No image
    1968 More
    35
  48. 48
    Up 21
    Down 56
    1961 More
    35
  49. 49
    Up 21
    Down 54
    No image
    1970 More
    35
  50. 50
    Up 26
    Down 23

    ranked low on reranks
    Roy Nelson

    1976 More
    34
    added by: DanielRichman
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