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The Best UFC Fighters Who Walked Away From The Octagon

Updated October 26, 2020 4.1k votes 441 voters 15.7k 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
    114
    49

    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

  • 4
    115
    52

    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

  • 5
    127
    66

    Chuck Liddell

    United States of America

    BirthplaceSanta Barbara, California, USA

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

  • 6
    112
    61

    Michael Bisping

    United Kingdom

    BirthplaceNicosia, Cyprus

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

  • 7
    56
    22

    Henry Cejudo

    United States of America

    BirthplaceColorado Springs, Colorado

  • 8
    84
    48

    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

  • 9
    88
    53

    Forrest Griffin

    United States of America

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio, USA

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

  • 10
    82
    50

    Bas Rutten

    Netherlands, United States of America

    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

  • 11

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

  • 12
    57
    40

    Quinton Jackson

    United States of America

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Memphis

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

  • 13
    59
    44

    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
    64
    51

    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

  • 15
    57
    45

    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

  • 16
    46
    33

    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

  • 17
    51
    40

    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

  • 18

    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

  • 19
    32
    19

    Frank Shamrock

    United States of America

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

  • 20
    58
    52

    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

  • 21
    75
    73

    Ronda Rousey

    United States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

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

  • 22
    40
    35

    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

  • 23
    39
    40

    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

  • 24
    31
    33

    Tito Ortiz

    United States of America

    BirthplaceHuntington Beach, California, United States of America

  • 25
    25
    33

    Sean Sherk

    United States of America

    BirthplaceSt. Francis, Minnesota, United States of America

    Record: 36-4-1
    Weight class: Lightweight
    Fighting style: Wrestling
    Belts won: UFC Lightweight Championship

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