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The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon

Updated October 26, 2020 3.3k votes 340 voters 12.0k 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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  • Georges St-Pierre1

    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

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov2

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

  • Randy Couture3
    91
    34

    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

  • Chuck Liddell4
    104
    50

    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

  • Matt Hughes5
    93
    42

    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

  • Michael Bisping6
    94
    47

    Michael Bisping

    United Kingdom

    BirthplaceNicosia, Cyprus

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

  • Dan Henderson7
    74
    38

    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

  • Henry Cejudo8
    44
    11

    Henry Cejudo

    United States of America

    BirthplaceColorado Springs, Colorado

  • Bas Rutten9
    69
    41

    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

  • Forrest Griffin10
    70
    44

    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

  • Royce Gracie11
    64
    41

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

  • Mirko Filipović12
    53
    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

  • Anthony Johnson13
    57
    41

    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

  • Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira14

    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

  • Quinton Jackson15
    42
    34

    Quinton Jackson

    United States of America

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Memphis

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

  • Vitor Belfort16
    41
    34

    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

  • Ken Shamrock17
    41
    38

    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

  • Frank Shamrock18
    20
    12

    Frank Shamrock

    United States of America

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

  • Dan Severn19
    34
    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

  • Rashad Evans20
    47
    48

    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

  • Don Frye21
    32
    31

    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

  • Tito Ortiz22
    24
    21

    Tito Ortiz

    United States of America

    BirthplaceHuntington Beach, California, United States of America

  • Ronda Rousey23
    53
    61

    Ronda Rousey

    United States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia, USA

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

  • Rickson Gracie24
    23
    26

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

  • Matt Serra25
    30
    36

    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