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List Rules Vote up the most dominant and formidable heavyweights of MMA.

Back in the early days of MMA when weight classes didn’t exist, it was the big, towering guys that drew the most attention. Now, even with several smaller weight classes, heavyweights are more exciting than ever. It’s a common misconception that heavyweights are slow and dopey. Don’t let their size fool you - the best heavyweights have as much martial arts skills as they have size. 

Some of the quickest knockouts in the UFC were by heavyweights. These colossal athletes have heavy but quick hands, packing well over 200 lbs behind each punch. Their knockout power is unmatched.

And don’t underestimate their ground game - you definitely don’t want one of these guys trying to submit you. Just imagine arms with biceps the size of your head putting you in a choke hold. Heavyweights use their size to their advantage and have some of the quickest submissions in the UFC

The heavyweight division has its share of legendary MMA fighters. From some of the most beloved pioneers to the most reviled villains of the sport, fans love watching these giants go at it, waiting for that next big knockout. Because the bigger they are, the harder they fall (and punch, kick, knee, and elbow). Check out this power rankings list and vote up the best heavyweight mixed martial arts fighters. 

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Fedor Emelianenko


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Born: 9/28/1976 in Rubizhne, Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine

Height: 6’0"

Weight: 223 lbs

Fighting Style: Sambo, Judo, Kickboxing

Record: 36 wins (11 KO/TKO, 17 submissions, 9 decisions), 4 losses (4 KO/TKO, 1 submission), 1 N/C

Years Active: 2000 to 2012, 2015 to present

Promotions: Rings, Pride, Yarennoka, Bodog, Strikeforce, M-1, Dream, Rizin, Bellator

Known For: 28-fight/10-year winning streak

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Nationality: Russia

Also Ranked

#14 on The Best Martial Artists in History

#3 on The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time

#3 on The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

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Fabrício Werdum


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Born: 7/30/1977 in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 238 lbs

Fighting Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Muay Thai

Record: 21 wins (6 KO/TKO, 10 submissions, 5 decisions), 6 losses (2 KO/TKO, 0 submissions, 4 decisions), 1 draw

Years Active: 2002 to present

Promotions: Millenium Brawl, World Absolute Fighting, Jungle Fight, Pride, 2 Hot 2 Handle, Strikeforce, UFC

Known For: Breaking Fedor Emelianenko's 10-year winning streak

Also Ranked

#48 on The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time

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Bas Rutten


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Born:  2/4/1965 in Tilburg, Netherlands

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 205 lbs

Fighting Style: Karate, Kickboxing, Judo, Krav Maga, Wrestling

Record: 28 wins (12 KO/TKO, 13 submissions, 4 decisions), 4 losses (3 submissions, 1 decision), 1 draw

Years Active: 1993 to 1999, 2006

Promotions: Pancrase, UFC, World Fighting Alliance

Known For: Striking accuracy

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Nationality: Netherlands, United States of America

Also Ranked

#31 on The Best Martial Artists in History

#11 on The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time

#29 on The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

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Randy Couture


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Born: 6/22/1963 in Everett, Washington, USA

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 205 lbs

Fighting Style: Greco-Roman Wrestling

Record: 19 wins (7 KO/TKO, 4 submissions, 8 decisions), 11 losses (6 KO/TKO, 4 submissions, 1 decision)

Years Active: 1997 to 2011

Promotions: UFC, Vale Tudo Japan, Rings

Known For: Oldest champion in UFC history (at 43 years old), oldest fighter to defend UFC title (at 44 years old), oldest fighter to win a UFC fight (at 47 years old)

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Nationality: United States of America

Also Ranked

#27 on The Best Martial Artists in History

#9 on The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time

#45 on The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors

#19 on The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

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Cain Velasquez


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Born: 7/28/1982 in Salinas, California, USA

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 242 lbs

Fighting Style: Wrestling, Muay Thai, Kickboxing

Record:14 wins (12 KO/TKO, 0 submissions, 2 decisions), 2 losses (1 KO/TKO, 1 submissions, 0 decisions)

Years Active: 2006 to present 

Promotions: Strikeforce, Bodog, UFC

Known For: Insane cardio fitness

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Nationality: United States of America

Also Ranked

#43 on The Best Hispanic Athletes

#47 on The Best Martial Artists in History

#17 on The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time

#26 on The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

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Mark Coleman


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Born: 12/20/1964 in Columbus, Ohio, USA

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 205 lbs

Fighting Style: Wrestling

Record: 16 wins (4 KO/TKO, 8 submissions, 4 decisions), 10 losses (3 KO/TKO, 5 submissions, 2 decisions)

Years Active: 1996 to 2010

Promotions: UFC, Pride

Known For: Pioneering the ground-and-pound technique

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Nationality: United States of America

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#62 on The Best Martial Artists in History

#45 on The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time

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Dan Severn


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Born: 6/8/1958 in Coldwater, Michigan, USA

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 253 lbs

Fighting Style: Wrestling, Judo

Record: 101 wins (17 KO/TKO, 60 submissions, 24 decisions), 19 losses (3 KO/TKO, 9 submissions, 7 decisions), 7 draws

Years Active: 1994 to 2013

Promotions: UFC, Vale Tudo Japan, Brawl at the Ballpark, Universal Vale Tudo Fighting, U Japan, Extreme Challenge, International Vale Tudo Championship, Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation, SuperBrawl, International Fighting Championship, Pride, Gladiators, World Shoot Wrestling, Cage Combat, Brawl in the Black Hills, Dangerzone, Ultimate Wrestling, Ultimate Reality Fighting, Continental Freefighting Alliance,World Extreme Fighting, Rings, Reality Superfighting, Reality Combat Fighting, World Extreme Cagefighting, Iowa Challenge, King of the Cage, Aztec Challenge, Victory Fighting Championship, Ultimate Combat, War at the Shore, Maximum Fighting Championship, Hardcore Fighting Championship, Gladiator Challenge, Rage in the Cage, Seasons Beatings, Pacific X-treme Combat, Enter the Beast, Xtreme Fighting Championship, American Fighting Association, Continental Fighting Championship, Warrior, Northern Fighting Championship, Extreme Wars, Action Wrestling Entertainment, Northstar Fighting Championship, Cage Rage, C3 Fights, Worldwide Fighting Championship, Titans of the Pentagon, Universal Fight Promotions, Iroquois MMA Championships, Hell Cage, Elite 1, Paul Vandale Promotions, Blueblood MMA

Known For: UFC Hall of Famer, first fighter to compete in both UFC and WWE, a long-time veteran of the sport with over 100 fights

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Nationality: United States of America

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#70 on The Best Pro Wrestling Champions

#65 on The Best Martial Artists in History

#26 on The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time

#68 on The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

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Born: 6/2/1976 in Vitoria da Conquista, Bahia, Brazil

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 239 lbs

Fighting Style: Jiu Jitsu, Judo

Record: 34 wins (3 KO/TKO, 21 submissions, 10 decisions), 10 losses (3 KO/TKO, 2 submissions, 5 decisions, 1 draw, 1 N/C

Years Active: 1999 to 2015

Promotions: World Extreme Fighting, Rings, Pride, Universal Fighting Arts Organization, UFC

Known For: First-ever Pride Heavyweight Champion

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Nationality: Brazil

Also Ranked

#18 on The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time

#28 on The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

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