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MMA's Greatest Heavyweights Of All Time  

Steffi Victorioso
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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. Then head over and check out the best retired fighters in UFC history.

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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

Nationality: Russia

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Born: 9/10/1974 in Vinkovci, Croatia

Height: 6'2" 

Weight: 234 lbs

Fighting Style: Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing

Record: 35 wins (26 KO/TKO, 6 submissions, 3 decisions), 11 losses (5 KO/TKO, 3 submissions, 3 decisions), 2 draws, 1 N/C

Years Active: 2001 to 2015, 2016

Promotions: K-1, Pride, Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye, Pride, UFC, Dream, Legend, Rizin

Known For: Vicious head kicks

Nationality: Croatia

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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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Born: 1/30/1984 in Cacadores, Santa Catarina, Brazil 

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 239 lbs

Fighting Style: Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Record: 18 wins (12 KO/TKO, 2 submissions, 4 decisions), 4 losses (2 KO/TKO, 1 submissions, 1 decision)

Years Active: 2006 to present

Promotions: Demo Fight, Minotauro Fights, Xtreme Fighting Championship, Mo Team League, UFC

Known For: Knockout power, longest winning streak in UFC Heavyweight history

Nationality: Brazil

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