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The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon  

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List Rules Vote up the retired UFC fighters who had the best careers.

The list of retired MMA fighters features some of the all-time great performers in the sport. Many active fighters are hoping to rise in the all-time great rankings, but we already know the entire story of these careers that ended. This is a look at the top names to leave the mixed martial arts world after having strong careers to see just which names stand out the most. 

Top icons like Ronda Rousey, Randy Couture, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson have seen the end of their time inside of the octagon. The retired UFC fighters have the best argument, but there are also some relevant names to have international success in other promotions. 

Which of these retired MMA fighters deserves to have the most respected legacy in retirement? Vote up the best fighters and check back to see just which retired MMA stars have the most respect for their careers.

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1
Chuck Liddell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
United States of America

Record: 21-9
Weight class: Light Heavyweight
Fighting style: Kickboxing, Kajukenbo, Karate, Wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Belts won: UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

2
Georges St-Pierre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
Canada

Record: 26-2
Weight class: Welterweight
Fighting style: Kyokushin karate, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Gaidojutsu, Shidokan
Belts won: UFC Welterweight Championship, UFC Middleweight Championship

3
Matt Hughes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
United States of America

Record: 45-9
Weight class: Welterweight
Fighting style: Wrestling, Boxing
Belts won: UFC Welterweight Championship

4
Vitor Belfort is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
Brazil

Record: 26-14-1
Weight class: Middleweight
Fighting style: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Judo, Shotokan Karate
Belts won: UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

5
Mirko Filipović is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
Croatia

Record: 34-8
Weight class: Heavyweight
Fighting style: Kickboxing, Boxing, Taekwondo
Belts won: Only person to win K-1, Pride, and RIZIN Grand Prix championships

6
Ronda Rousey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
United States of America

Record: 12-2
Weight class: Bantamweight
Fighting style: Judo
Belts won: UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship

7
Dan Henderson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
United States of America

Record: 32-15
Weight class: Middleweight
Fighting style: Greco-Roman wrestling
Belts won: N/A

8
Forrest Griffin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
United States of America

Record: 19-7
Weight class: Light Heavyweight
Fighting style: Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Belts won: UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

9
Randy Couture is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
United States of America

Record: 19-11
Weight class: Light Heavyweight
Fighting style: Boxing, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Jujutsu, Greco-Roman wrestling, Catch wrestling, Submission wrestling
Belts won: UFC Heavyweight Championship, UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

10
Anthony Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
United States of America

Record: 22-6
Weight class: Light heavyweight
Fighting style: Boxing, Taekwondo, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Belts won: N/A

11
Jeremy Horn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
United States of America

Record: 91-22-5
Weight class: Middleweight
Fighting style: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Kickboxing
Belts won: N/A

12
Bas Rutten is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
United States of America, Netherlands

Record: 28-4-1
Weight class: Heavyweight
Fighting style: Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Krav Maga, Wrestling, Boxing, Shoot wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Shoot boxing, Catch Wrestling
Belts won: UFC Heavyweight Championship

13
Rashad Evans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
United States of America

Record: 19-8
Weight class: Light Heavyweight
Fighting style: Wrestling
Belts won: UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

14
Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon

Record: 34-10-2
Weight class: Heavyweight
Fighting style: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Judo, Submission Wrestling, Boxing
Belts won: Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship

15
Michael Bisping is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
United Kingdom

Record: 30-9
Weight class: Middleweight
Fighting style: Kickboxing
Belts won: UFC Middleweight Championship

16
Royce Gracie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
Brazil

Record: 15-2-3
Weight class: Welterweight
Fighting style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Belts won: N/A

17
Quinton Jackson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
United States of America

Record: 38-13
Weight class: Heavyweight
Fighting style: Kickboxing
Belts won: UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

18
Dan Severn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
United States of America

Record: 101-19-7
Weight class: Heavyweight
Fighting style: Wrestling, Judo, Jujitsu, Sambo
Belts won: UFC Superfight Championship

19
Chad Mendes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon

Record: 18-5
Weight class: Featherweight
Fighting style: Mixed
Belts won: N/A

20
Matt Serra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
United States of America

Record: 11-7
Weight class: Welterweight
Fighting style: Wing Chun, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing
Belts won: UFC Welterweight Championship

21
Don Frye is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
United States of America

Record: 20-9-2
Weight class: Heavyweight
Fighting style: Wrestling, Boxing, Judo
Belts won: N/A

22
Ken Shamrock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
United States of America

Record: 28-17-2
Weight class: Heavyweight
Fighting style: Shootfighting, Wrestling, Kickboxing
Belts won: UFC Superfight Championship

23
Mark Coleman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
United States of America

Record: 16-10
Weight class: Heavyweight
Fighting style: Wrestler
Belts won: UFC Heavyweight Championship

24
Masakatsu Funaki is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon

Record: 40-13-2
Weight class: Middleweight
Fighting style: Wrestling
Belts won: N/A

25
Igor Vovchanchyn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon
Russia

Record: 59-10-2
Weight class: Heavyweight
Fighting style: Kickboxing
Belts won: N/A