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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
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    most listed
    Rocky Marciano

    1923 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 4531
    Down 2180
    1942 More
    95
  3. 3
    Up 11883
    Down 6596

    the people's #1 &often listed
    Fedor Emelianenko

    1976 More
    93
  4. 4
    Up 3060
    Down 1506

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Joe Louis

    1914 More
    85
  5. 5
    Up 2502
    Down 1032

    ranked low on reranks
    Sugar Ray Robinson

    1921 More
    82
  6. 6
    Up 4781
    Down 3239

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mike Tyson

    1966 More
    80
  7. 7
    Up 2758
    Down 1192

    ranked low on reranks
    Jake LaMotta

    1921 More
    80
    added by: JamesHunt
  8. 8
    Up 2278
    Down 794

    ranked low on reranks
    Jack Dempsey

    1895 More
    78
  9. 9
    Up 2567
    Down 699

    ranked low on reranks
    Joe Frazier

    1944 More
    77
  10. 10
    Up 2823
    Down 1910

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Anderson Silva

    1975 More
    76
  11. 11
    Up 2304
    Down 1138
    1976 More
    75
  12. 12
    Up 2416
    Down 1206

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dan Henderson

    1970 More
    73
  13. 13
    Up 2026
    Down 687

    ranked low on reranks
    George Foreman

    1949 More
    73
  14. 14
    Up 2241
    Down 1048

    ranked low on reranks
    Roberto Duran

    1973 More
    72
  15. 15
    Up 3627
    Down 2322

    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Bruce Lee

    1940 More
    71
  16. 16
    Up 1602
    Down 777
    1974 More
    71
  17. 17
    Up 1997
    Down 750

    ranked low on reranks
    Marvelous Marvin Hagler

    1954 More
    71
    added by: SeanPatrickKennedyHill
  18. 18
    Up 1889
    Down 1173

    ranked high on reranks
    Randy Couture

    1963 More
    70
  19. 19
    Up 2056
    Down 1440

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Georges St-Pierre

    1981 More
    70
  20. 20
    Up 1694
    Down 1024
    1969 More
    70
  21. 21
    Up 1155
    Down 583
    1966 More
    69
    added by: Hammerman47
  22. 22
    Up 1515
    Down 985
    1976 More
    69
  23. 23
    Up 1568
    Down 1083

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Evander Holyfield

    1962 More
    68
  24. 24
    Up 1523
    Down 660

    ranked low on reranks
    Arturo Gatti

    1972 More
    68
    added by: kassaq
  25. 25
    Up 1376
    Down 986

    often listed
    Micky Ward

    1965 More
    67
  26. 26
    Up 1850
    Down 796

    ranked low on reranks
    Manny Pacquiáo

    1978 More
    66
  27. 27
    Up 1087
    Down 457

    ranked high on reranks
    Kazushi Sakuraba

    1969 More
    64
    added by: bcmoney
  28. 28
    Up 1376
    Down 1042

    often listed &controversial
    B.J. Penn

    1978 More
    64
  29. 29
    Up 1676
    Down 1066

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bas Rutten

    1965 More
    64
    added by: bcmoney
  30. 30
    Up 1388
    Down 588

    ranked low on reranks
    Julio Ceasar Chavez

    63
    added by: g_money_stud
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    Up 1379
    Down 808

    often listed &controversial
    Cain Velasquez

    1982 More
    63
  32. 32
    Up 1031
    Down 673

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    George Chuvalo

    1937 More
    61
    added by: lac la biche
  33. 33
    Up 1013
    Down 513

    ranked low on reranks
    Archie Moore

    1916 More
    60
  34. 34
    Up 818
    Down 364
    1987 More
    60
    added by: MatthewKurňava
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    Up 882
    Down 539
    1897 More
    59
  36. 36
    Up 1107
    Down 796

    often listed &controversial
    Junior dos Santos

    1984 More
    58
  37. 37
    Up 858
    Down 550

    ranked high on reranks
    Alexander Karelin

    1967 More
    58
  38. 38
    Up 1183
    Down 870

    often listed
    Roy Nelson

    1976 More
    57
  39. 39
    Up 1023
    Down 551

    ranked low on reranks
    Thomas Hearns

    1958 More
    56
  40. 40
    Up 890
    Down 834

    often listed &controversial
    Vitali Klitschko

    1971 More
    54
  41. 41
    Up 617
    Down 461
    1927 More
    54
  42. 42
    Up 459
    Down 314

    ranked low on reranks
    Roy Jones Jr.

    1969 More
    53
  43. 43
    Up 789
    Down 848

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Matt Hughes

    1973 More
    53
  44. 44
    Up 891
    Down 921

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mirko Filipović

    1974 More
    53
    added by: bcmoney
  45. 45
    Up 781
    Down 632

    ranked low on reranks
    Frankie Edgar

    1981 More
    52
  46. 46
    Up 258
    Down 184

    niche appeal
    Igor Vovchanchyn

    1973 More
    52
    added by: scary
  47. 47
    Up 693
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    ranked low on reranks
    Ray Leonard

    52
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    Up 469
    Down 523

    ranked high on reranks
    Dan Gable

    1948 More
    51
  49. 49
    Up 159
    Down 108

    niche appeal
    Sugar Ray Leonard

    1956 More
    51
  50. 50
    Up 602
    Down 481

    ranked low on reranks
    Larry Holmes

    1949 More
    51
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