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The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon

Updated October 26, 2020 3.0k votes 280 voters 9.6k 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
    Georges St-Pierre

    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
    Randy Couture
    80
    26

    Randy Couture

    United States of America

    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

  • 3
    Matt Hughes
    83
    31

    Matt Hughes

    United States of America

    BirthplaceHillsboro, Illinois, United States of America

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

  • 4
    Chuck Liddell
    94
    42

    Chuck Liddell

    United States of America

    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

  • 5
    Michael Bisping
    85
    39

    Michael Bisping

    United Kingdom

    BirthplaceNicosia, Cyprus

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

  • 6
    Dan Henderson
    70
    32

    Dan Henderson

    United States of America

    BirthplaceDowney, California, United States of America

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

  • 7
    Forrest Griffin
    63
    35

    Forrest Griffin

    United States of America

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio, United States of America

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

  • 8
    Henry Cejudo
    35
    8

    Henry Cejudo

    United States of America

    BirthplaceColorado Springs, Colorado

  • 9
    Bas Rutten
    63
    39

    Bas Rutten

    Netherlands, United States of America

    BirthplaceTilburg, Kingdom of the 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

  • 10
    Anthony Johnson
    56
    32

    Anthony Johnson

    United States of America

    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

  • 11
    Khabib Nurmagomedov

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

  • 12
    Royce Gracie
    59
    38

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

  • 13
    Mirko Filipović
    49
    34

    Mirko Filipović

    Yugoslavia, Croatia

    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

  • 14
    Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira

    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

  • 15
    Quinton Jackson
    42
    31

    Quinton Jackson

    United States of America

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Memphis

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

  • 16
    Vitor Belfort
    40
    32

    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

  • 17
    Rashad Evans
    45
    40

    Rashad Evans

    United States of America

    BirthplaceNiagara Falls, New York, United States of America

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

  • 18
    Ken Shamrock
    39
    37

    Ken Shamrock

    United States of America

    BirthplaceMacon, Georgia, United States of America

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

  • 19
    Frank Shamrock
    17
    8

    Frank Shamrock

    United States of America

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

  • 20
    Tito Ortiz
    21
    14

    Tito Ortiz

    United States of America

    BirthplaceHuntington Beach, California, United States of America

  • 21
    Don Frye
    32
    29

    Don Frye

    United States of America

    BirthplaceSierra Vista, Arizona, United States of America

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

  • 22
    Dan Severn
    32
    31

    Dan Severn

    United States of America

    BirthplaceColdwater, Michigan, United States of America

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

  • 23
    Ronda Rousey
    49
    57

    Ronda Rousey

    United States of America

    BirthplaceUSA, California

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

  • 24
    Matt Serra
    29
    32

    Matt Serra

    United States of America

    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
    Rickson Gracie
    21
    25

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Record: 11-0
    Weight class: Middleweight
    Fighting style: Jiu-Jitsu
    Belts won: N/A