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The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon

Updated October 26, 2020 4.4k votes 474 voters 16.8k views44 items

List RulesVote 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

    BirthplaceSaint-Isidore, Montérégie, Quebec, Canada

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

  • 2

    Record: 29-0
    Weight class: Lightweight, Welterweight
    Fighting style: Sambo
    Belts won: UFC Lightweight Championship

  • 3
    United States of America
    124
    54

    BirthplaceEverett, Washington, 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

  • 4
    United States of America
    124
    58

    BirthplaceHillsboro, Illinois, United States of America

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

  • 5
    United States of America
    131
    72

    BirthplaceSanta Barbara, California, 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

  • 6
    United Kingdom
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    70

    BirthplaceNicosia, Cyprus

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

  • 7
    United States of America
    90
    57

    BirthplaceDowney, California, United States of America

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

  • 8
    randylahey addedUnited States of America
    59
    28

    BirthplaceColorado Springs, Colorado

  • 9
    United States of America
    91
    61

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio, United States of America

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

  • 10
    84
    54

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

  • 11
    Netherlands, United States of America
    85
    55

    BirthplaceTilburg, 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

  • 12
    63
    48

    BirthplaceVinkovci, 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

  • 13
    United States of America
    60
    47

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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

  • 14
    United States of America
    49
    37

    BirthplaceColdwater, Michigan, United States of America

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

  • 15
    United States of America
    62
    51

    BirthplaceMacon, Georgia, United States of America

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

  • 16
    United States of America
    66
    57

    BirthplaceDublin, Georgia, United States of America

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

  • 17
    randylahey addedUnited States of America
    36
    24

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

  • 18
    United States of America
    80
    78

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

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

  • 19
    51
    46

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

  • 20
    United States of America
    61
    58

    BirthplaceNiagara Falls, New York, United States of America

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

  • 21

    BirthplaceVitória da Conquista, Brazil

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

  • 22
    United States of America
    41
    40

    BirthplaceSierra Vista, Arizona, United States of America

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

  • 23
    randylahey addedUnited States of America
    36
    35

    BirthplaceHuntington Beach, California, United States of America

  • 24
    United States of America
    41
    44

    BirthplaceEast Meadow, New York, United States of America

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

  • 25

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

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