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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? Who is the toughest man in history? Vote up your favorite and add other tough guys below.

Despite also being known for their silly UFC fighter nicknames, because of 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 and the hardest men in history. 

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

Professional wrestlers can be 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 you wouldn't want to take on in a fight.

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.
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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Muhammad Ali United States of America

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+ - 7,422 2,511
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Rocky Marciano United States of America, Italy

3
+ - 12,770 7,110
Fedor Emelianenko is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

4
+ - 5,845 3,690
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Mike Tyson United States of America

5
+ - 3,589 1,771
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Joe Louis United States of America

6
+ - 3,104 1,262
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Sugar Ray Robinson United States of America

7
+ - 3,234 2,341
Anderson Silva is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

8
+ - 2,751 998
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Jack Dempsey United States of America

9
+ - 4,651 2,603
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Bruce Lee Hong Kong, United States of America

10
+ - 2,497 1,735
Georges St-Pierre is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

11
+ - 3,197 1,424
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Jake LaMotta Italy, United States of America

12
+ - 3,168 872
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Joe Frazier United States of America

13
+ - 2,543 871
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
George Foreman United States of America

14
+ - 2,673 1,458
Dan Henderson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Dan Henderson United States of America

15
+ - 2,416 908
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Marvelous Marvin Hagler United States of America

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+ - 2,530 1,441
Wanderlei Silva is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

17
+ - 1,476 820
Royce Gracie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Royce Gracie Brazil

18
+ - 2,045 1,255
Chuck Liddell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Chuck Liddell United States of America

19
+ - 2,205 1,391
Randy Couture is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Randy Couture United States of America

20
+ - 2,371 983
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Manny Pacquiáo Philippines

21
+ - 1,861 1,040
Mark Hunt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Mark Hunt New Zealand

22
+ - 1,961 1,245
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Evander Holyfield United States of America

23
+ - 1,295 751
Ronda Rousey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Ronda Rousey United States of America

24
+ - 1,802 841
Arturo Gatti is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Arturo Gatti Canada, Italy

25
+ - 1,862 1,129
Roberto Duran is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

26
+ - 1,699 1,024
Cain Velasquez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Cain Velasquez United States of America

27
+ - 1,631 1,149
Micky Ward is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Micky Ward Ireland, United States of America

28
+ - 1,653 1,202
Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

29
+ - 1,876 1,239
Bas Rutten is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Bas Rutten Netherlands, United States of America

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+ - 375 300
Jon Jones is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Jon Jones United States of America

31
+ - 1,533 1,232
B.J. Penn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
B.J. Penn United States of America

32
+ - 1,012 696
Alexander Karelin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

33
+ - 1,175 643
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Archie Moore United States of America

34
+ - 1,016 655
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Gene Tunney United States of America

35
+ - 1,217 828
George Chuvalo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

36
+ - 1,208 697
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

37
+ - 1,225 622
Kazushi Sakuraba is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

38
+ - 1,274 977
Junior dos Santos is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

39
+ - 1,319 1,058
Roy Nelson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

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+ - 704 446
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Roy Jones Jr. United States of America

41
+ - 140 184
Chris Leben is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Chris Leben United States of America

42
+ - 398 577
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Floyd Mayweather Jr. United States of America

43
+ - 1,302 1,242
Mirko Filipović is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Mirko Filipović Yugoslavia, Croatia

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+ - 1,184 667
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Thomas Hearns United States of America

45
+ - 1,037 1,000
Vitali Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

46
+ - 922 978
Matt Hughes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Matt Hughes United States of America

47
+ - 869 762
Frankie Edgar is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Frankie Edgar United States of America

48
+ - 695 567
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Carmen Basilio United States of America

49
+ - 365 229
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History
Sonny Liston United States of America

50
+ - 845 717
Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Toughest Professional Fighters in History