Who is the Greatest Mixed Martial Artist of All Time?

In this list we honor 10 fighters with best records of all time including Fedor Emelianenko & Anderson Silva who are widely recognized as some of greatest mixed martial arts artists ever.

Who is the Greatest Mixed Martial Artist of All Time?

In this list we honor the 10 fighters with the best records of all time.

Fedor Emelianenko

was once considered the “last emperor” and considered the most dangerous fighter in the world of combat sports. He had a nine-year undefeated record and a 28-win streak. Anderson Silva is widely recognized as one of the best strikers of all time, with a 17-0 streak and 10 wins defending the championship title at the peak of his career.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is only getting better after 29 victorious fights in the Octagon. He is now undefeated, having dealt hammer punches, elbows, struggled and subdued a series of formidable opponents. Every time a wrestler received a No. Two points were awarded for second place, while third place yielded one point.

The final ranking was determined by the total number of points each fighter scored. It's not surprising that Fedor Emelianenko is regularly cited as one of the greatest mixed martial arts artists to compete in any division. Before its rapid decline, which coincided with the heyday of Anderson Silva's dominance, Fedor's name frequently appeared at the top of the pound-for-pound charts. What Cain Velásquez has achieved to date is nothing compared to Fedor's accomplishments, but the current UFC champion is a real threat to one day usurp No.

1.Currently at his best, Cain Velásquez has established himself as the best heavyweight fighter today, convincingly dismissing No. 2 Fabricio Werdum in their rematch at UFC 188. Now operating in the twilight of his career, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira figures into the picture as a solid heavyweight, but no longer at championship caliber. While more praise is unlikely to come, Big Nog has achieved more than enough to secure the No. 3 spot on this list.

As hard as it is to believe that Jon Jones is the best light heavyweight of all time at 26, it's even harder to argue that he doesn't deserve to be recognized as such. The American has already achieved a lot, and there is a feeling that stars like Mauricio Rua, Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida are just the tip of the iceberg. Whether Jones maintains 205 pounds or eventually jumps to heavyweight, his future looks as promising as his past is impressive. Although he was never able to replicate his Pride successes inside the Octagon, Wanderlei Silva's undefeated streak of 17 fights in Japan will forever be remembered as one of the most decisive reigns of terror in sports history.

Perhaps the easiest pick on this list, Anderson Silva is undoubtedly the best middleweight of all time. It's hard to present a case against him as the greatest mixed martial arts artist to ever wear a pair of gloves. Rich Franklin doesn't lack anything when it comes to accomplishments. He started his career 14-0, was UFC champion and regularly participated in top competition.

So while his name isn't likely to appear on many all-time pound-for-pound lists, his work in middleweight makes him a comfortable choice for No. 5 on this list. In addition to winning Pride's title at 185 pounds, Dan Henderson also won the award for being the last 205-pound leader of now defunct promotion. He has a 25-2 record, avenging both defeats.

Few can match Henderson's talent, credentials or star power; from beginning to end he was a dangerous and dynamic athlete inside the cage and a perfect gentleman outside it. Georges St-Pierre's promotion came at expense of Matt Hughes who was best welterweight before Rush started climbing ladder. Even so, Hughes sits comfortably at No. 7 on this list.

It seems strange not to resist putting Frankie Edgar at No 8; although he has a 2-0 record against BJ Penn, his achievements against other competitors don't quite match up. However, that's not to say that his only achievements worth mentioning are his triumphs over The Prodigy; Edgar ascended to lightweight throne during one of most competitive periods in division's history and came close to establishing longer reign with losses by decision to Benson Henderson in consecutive title fights. He will seek to recover from controversial loss to Diego Sanchez against Isaac Vallie-Flagg at UFC 172 in April; although 35-year-old Edgar is unlikely ever regain former position in world of MMA, lately he has performed consistently suggesting he hasn't quite finished making mark yet. Regardless how long Jose Aldo stays with 145 pounds he's best featherweight division has ever seen; it's actually not that close and it's only matter of time before someone replaces him at No 9 spot on this list.

Time may be running out for Urijah Faber's aspirations for UFC title but whether it comes or not it's clear No 10 spot belongs to him; couple wins over Faber mean lot but Demetrious Johnson's position at No 1 is likely maintained by power not commonly seen in flyweight division and equally powerful fight game plus solid submission skills which have earned him impressive 19-4 record.