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The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

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The toughest professional fighters in history include some of the fiercest and bravest boxers, MMA fighters and even wrestlers who proved their strength and perseverance time and time again. These tough men are the types you'd love to have behind you in a dark alley or a bar fight as well as the men who entertain us on pay-per-view fights in the ring and the octagon. We can argue all day about the best boxers, MMA fighters and wrestlers, but which professional fighter is the toughest of them all? You tell us folks by voting on your favorite and adding other tough guys below!

Despite also being known for their silly UFC fighter nicknames, for the skill required to compete and the level of danger of the sport, a great argument can be made that mixed martial arts fighters are some of the toughest pro fighters around. Anderson Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Dan Henderson and the great Chuck Liddell all lead that pack as some of the toughest MMA fighters.

Others would argue that boxers are the toughest fighters in history with the likes of Ukrainian heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko, the great welterweight Micky Ward, top puncher Earnie Shavers and even Mike Tyson favorites in the boxing world as some of the toughest to enter the ring. Sure some of the best boxers of all time are not on that list but remember, this is about the toughest fighters, not necessarily the best.

The argument continues as professional wrestlers are added to the mix despite being more entertainers than athletes. Regardless, they are required to be pretty darn tough to do their jobs. Stone Cold Steve Austin, Terry Funk and Mike Foley are just a sampling of the WWF/WWE wrestlers that did just that.

Each of these professional fighters dealt with different challenges and opponents as they competed in their respective sports. All of these pro fighters proved their toughness time and time again. To get knocked down once and get back in that ring takes a whole lot of courage and these fighters did that over and over throughout their careers. If that isn't a measure of toughness, I'm not sure what is.

List Criteria: Professional boxers, wrestlers, and MMA fighters

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  1. 1
    Up 6346
    Down 2098

    most listed
    Rocky Marciano

    1923 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 4524
    Down 2177

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Muhammad Ali

    1942 More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 11882
    Down 6592

    the people's #1 &often listed
    Fedor Emelianenko

    1976 More
    93
  4. 4
    Up 3054
    Down 1506

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Joe Louis

    1914 More
    85
  5. 5
    Up 2499
    Down 1030

    ranked low on reranks
    Sugar Ray Robinson

    1921 More
    82
  6. 6
    Up 2753
    Down 1191

    ranked high on reranks &ranked low on reranks
    Jake LaMotta

    1921 More
    80
    added by: JamesHunt
  7. 7
    Up 4778
    Down 3236

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mike Tyson

    1966 More
    79
  8. 8
    Up 2272
    Down 793

    ranked low on reranks
    Jack Dempsey

    1895 More
    77
  9. 9
    Up 2563
    Down 698

    ranked low on reranks
    Joe Frazier

    1944 More
    77
  10. 10
    Up 2822
    Down 1906

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Anderson Silva

    1975 More
    76
  11. 11
    Up 2303
    Down 1134

    ranked low on reranks
    Wanderlei Silva

    1976 More
    75
  12. 12
    Up 2416
    Down 1201

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dan Henderson

    1970 More
    73
  13. 13
    Up 2021
    Down 685

    ranked low on reranks
    George Foreman

    1949 More
    73
  14. 14
    Up 2237
    Down 1046

    ranked low on reranks
    Roberto Duran

    1973 More
    72
  15. 15
    Up 3623
    Down 2318

    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Bruce Lee

    1940 More
    71
  16. 16
    Up 1601
    Down 774
    1974 More
    71
  17. 17
    Up 1992
    Down 750

    ranked low on reranks
    Marvelous Marvin Hagler

    1954 More
    70
    added by: SeanPatrickKennedyHill
  18. 18
    Up 1889
    Down 1169

    ranked high on reranks
    Randy Couture

    1963 More
    70
  19. 19
    Up 2056
    Down 1436

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Georges St-Pierre

    1981 More
    69
  20. 20
    Up 1153
    Down 580
    1966 More
    69
    added by: Hammerman47
  21. 21
    Up 1694
    Down 1020

    ranked low on reranks
    Chuck Liddell

    1969 More
    69
  22. 22
    Up 1514
    Down 981
    1976 More
    68
  23. 23
    Up 1565
    Down 1081

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Evander Holyfield

    1962 More
    68
  24. 24
    Up 1521
    Down 658

    ranked low on reranks
    Arturo Gatti

    1972 More
    68
    added by: kassaq
  25. 25
    Up 1375
    Down 983

    often listed
    Micky Ward

    1965 More
    66
  26. 26
    Up 1849
    Down 793

    ranked low on reranks
    Manny Pacquiáo

    1978 More
    65
  27. 27
    Up 1086
    Down 454

    ranked high on reranks
    Kazushi Sakuraba

    1969 More
    64
    added by: bcmoney
  28. 28
    Up 1374
    Down 1040

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    B.J. Penn

    1978 More
    64
  29. 29
    Up 1675
    Down 1063

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bas Rutten

    1965 More
    63
    added by: bcmoney
  30. 30
    Up 1386
    Down 586

    ranked low on reranks
    Julio Ceasar Chavez

    62
    added by: g_money_stud
  31. 31
    Up 1377
    Down 806

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Cain Velasquez

    1982 More
    62
  32. 32
    Up 1030
    Down 671

    often listed
    George Chuvalo

    1937 More
    60
    added by: lac la biche
  33. 33
    Up 817
    Down 361
    1987 More
    60
    added by: MatthewKurňava
  34. 34
    Up 1011
    Down 512

    ranked low on reranks
    Archie Moore

    1916 More
    60
  35. 35
    Up 879
    Down 539
    1897 More
    58
  36. 36
    Up 857
    Down 549

    ranked high on reranks
    Alexander Karelin

    1967 More
    57
  37. 37
    Up 1106
    Down 795

    often listed
    Junior dos Santos

    1984 More
    57
  38. 38
    Up 1181
    Down 869

    often listed
    Roy Nelson

    1976 More
    56
  39. 39
    Up 1022
    Down 550

    ranked low on reranks
    Thomas Hearns

    1958 More
    55
  40. 40
    Up 616
    Down 460
    1927 More
    53
  41. 41
    Up 889
    Down 833

    often listed &controversial
    Vitali Klitschko

    1971 More
    53
  42. 42
    Up 458
    Down 313

    ranked low on reranks
    Roy Jones Jr.

    1969 More
    52
  43. 43
    Up 789
    Down 848

    often listed &controversial
    Matt Hughes

    1973 More
    52
  44. 44
    Up 890
    Down 921

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mirko Filipović

    1974 More
    52
    added by: bcmoney
  45. 45
    Up 257
    Down 184
    1973 More
    52
    added by: scary
  46. 46
    Up 781
    Down 631

    ranked low on reranks
    Frankie Edgar

    1981 More
    51
  47. 47
    Up 469
    Down 523

    ranked high on reranks
    Dan Gable

    1948 More
    51
  48. 48
    Up 692
    Down 608

    ranked low on reranks
    Ray Leonard

    51
  49. 49
    Up 159
    Down 108

    ranked high on reranks
    Sugar Ray Leonard

    1956 More
    50
  50. 50
    Up 541
    Down 529

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Rickson Gracie

    1958 More
    50
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