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The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time  

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The greatest MMA legends of all time are all here on this list. Some of the best MMA fighters have come up from nothing more than street scrappers to become the best fighters in the world. With intense training and tremendous mental and physical focus, these famous men have earned the title of greatest MMA legend.

Some of the men on the list of the top MMA legends are new to the sport and have come up through the UFC organization, while others can be considered MMA pioneers. Some, like Chuck Liddell, have become pop culture icons and UFC legends while a fighter like Royce Gracie is considered to be one the toughest MMA fighters to have entered the octagon. All these factors- the toughest MMA fighter, the best grappler in the MMA, the best conditioned MMA fighter- come together to determine what makes the best MMA fighter and who can truly be called the greatest MMA legend of all time.

Who are the greatest MMA fighters of all time? Who are the top MMA legends? What MMA fighter is the best of all time? These are the questions we seek to answer with this votable list of the greatest MMA legends ever, ranked by MMA & UFC fans like you. If your favorite MMA fighter isn't on the list, make sure to add him so he can do battle with other MMA athletes as they slug it out for the top spot and title of best MMA fighter ever.

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Georges St-Pierre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
Georges St-Pierre, often referred to as GSP, is a retired Canadian mixed martial artist and the former three-time Welterweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship having won the title ...more
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Jon Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
Jonathan Dwight "Jon" Jones is an American mixed martial artist. He is the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. When he won the title in March 2011, he became the youngest champion in UFC ...more
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Anderson Silva is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
Anderson da Silva is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion. Silva holds the longest title defense streak in UFC history, which ended in 2013 with 16 consecutive ...more
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Royce Gracie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
Royce Gracie is a retired Brazilian professional mixed martial artist, a UFC Hall of Famer, and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. He is considered by some to be the most influential figure in ...more
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Fedor Emelianenko is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko is a Russian politician and retired Heavyweight mixed martial artist, sambist, and judoka. He has won championships and accolades in multiple sports, most notably ...more
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Daniel Cormier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
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Daniel Ryan Cormier is an American mixed martial artist and former Olympic wrestler. He is signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, currently competing in the Light Heavyweight division. ...more
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Khabib Nurmagomedov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov is an Avar-Russian mixed martial artist. He is a multiple Combat Sambo World Champion and a Judo black belt who is currently fighting in the lightweight ...more
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Chuck Liddell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
Charles David "Chuck" Liddell is a retired American mixed martial artist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight Champion. Liddell has an extensive striking ...more
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Randy Couture is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
Randy Duane Couture is an American actor, retired mixed martial artist and former collegiate and Greco-Roman wrestler. During his tenures in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Couture became a ...more
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Demetrious Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
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Demetrious Khrisna Johnson (born August 13, 1986) is an American former freestyle wrestler and current professional mixed martial artist. He is the first and the current Flyweight Champion of ...more
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Conor McGregor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
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Conor Anthony McGregor (born July 14, 1988) is an Irish former professional mixed martial artist and boxer. He is the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight ...more
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Matt Hughes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
Matthew Allen Hughes is a retired American mixed martial artist, former two-time UFC Welterweight Champion, UFC Hall of Fame inductee, and NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee. During his tenures in the ...more
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Dan Henderson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
Daniel Jeffery Henderson, is an American mixed martial artist and former Olympic wrestler, who competes as a middleweight and light heavyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was the ...more
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Cain Velasquez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
Cain Ramirez Velasquez is an American mixed martial artist. He is the current UFC Heavyweight Champion, and the undisputed heavyweight lineal champion. As of January 9, 2015, he is #5 in ...more
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Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
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Brock Edward Lesnar is an American professional wrestler and former professional mixed martial artist, currently signed to WWE. Lesnar is a four-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, a former UFC ...more
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José Aldo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
José Aldo is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, who competes as a Featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Aldo was the fourth and final WEC Featherweight Champion and thus, ...more
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B.J. Penn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
Jay Dee "B.J." Penn is a retired American professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Penn debuted and competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and ...more
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Bas Rutten is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
Sebastiaan "Bas" Rutten is a Dutch retired mixed martial artist, Karate and Taekwondo blackbelt, and Muay Thai kickboxer. He was a UFC Heavyweight Champion, a three-time King of ...more
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Mirko Filipović is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
Mirko Filipović is a Croatian heavyweight kickboxer, mixed martial artist, retired boxer, politician, and law enforcement officer. As of April 13, 2015, he is #15 in official UFC Heavyweight ...more
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Wanderlei Silva is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
Wanderlei César da Silva, nicknamed "The Axe Murderer" and "Cachorro Louco", is a Brazilian former mixed martial artist who has competed in Japan's Pride Fighting ...more
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Chris Leben is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
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Christian Cyrus Leben is an American mixed martial artist who fought for the UFC as a Middleweight, compiling a record of 12-10 in 22 appearances for the organization. Leben first appeared in ...more
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Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, better known as Minotauro or Rodrigo Minotauro, is a Brazilian mixed martial artist known for his technical mastery of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He won most of his ...more
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Lyoto Machida is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
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Lyoto Carvalho Machida is a Japanese Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently fights in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight ...more
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Vitor Belfort is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
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Vitor Vieira Belfort is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion as well as UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Champion. Belfort was born in Rio de Janeiro and ...more
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Frankie Edgar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest MMA Legends of All Time
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Frank James Edgar is an American mixed martial artist who competes as a featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is a former UFC Lightweight Champion. As of November 24, 2014, he ...more