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The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

List Criteria: Professional boxers, wrestlers, and MMA fighters

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.
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    Up 6478
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    most listed
    Rocky Marciano

    1923 More
    100
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    1942 More
    94
  3. 3
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    the people's #1
    Fedor Emelianenko

    1976 More
    94
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    1914 More
    85
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    Down 1066
    1921 More
    82
  6. 6
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    Down 3323

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    Mike Tyson

    1966 More
    81
  7. 7
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    1921 More
    80
    added by: JamesHunt
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    1895 More
    78
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    1944 More
    78
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    1976 More
    76
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    1975 More
    76
  12. 12
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    1970 More
    75
  13. 13
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    George Foreman

    1949 More
    74
  14. 14
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    1954 More
    72
    added by: SeanPatrickKennedyHill
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    1974 More
    72
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    70
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    1966 More
    70
    added by: Hammerman47
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    1981 More
    70
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    1963 More
    70
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    1976 More
    69
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    1962 More
    69
  24. 24
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    Arturo Gatti

    1972 More
    68
    added by: kassaq
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    1982 More
    67
  26. 26
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    1965 More
    67
  27. 27
    Up 1911
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    Manny Pacquiáo

    1978 More
    66
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    B.J. Penn

    1978 More
    64
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    1965 More
    64
    added by: bcmoney
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    1937 More
    61
    added by: lac la biche
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    60
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    59
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    1984 More
    59
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    58
    added by: g_money_stud
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    1976 More
    58
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    1967 More
    57
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    1958 More
    54
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    1974 More
    54
    added by: bcmoney
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    1971 More
    54
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    1973 More
    54
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    1969 More
    53
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    1981 More
    51
  44. 44
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    51
  45. 45
    Up 616
    Down 501
    1949 More
    50
  46. 46
    Up 595
    Down 897

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lennox Lewis

    1965 More
    49
  47. 47
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    1958 More
    48
  48. 48
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    Down 482
    1927 More
    48
  49. 49
    Up 482
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Forrest Griffin

    1979 More
    48
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    Don Frye

    1965 More
    48
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