MMA or Mixed Martial Arts has become one of the fastest growing sports in entertainment business around the globe, all thanks to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) – a league that hosts MMA. Fighters in the UFC have taken the sport to the level that it has reached. Because some fighters have contributed more than the others in the success of UFC, it important for us to salute these professions for the plenty of great fights, events and individual performances they have entertained us with. Listed below are top 10 UFC fighters who can smack down even Ben Hur.
10. Costa Philippou:
The 33-year-old Cypriot mixed martial artist Costa Philippou is current fighter in the middleweight division. He may not have held any championship title, and may just be ranked number 10 by media outlets; Costa has proven his metal with record 7 wins on trot post his debut defeat. Costa is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu pro.
9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira:
Currently ranked eighth in the UFC ranking, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira a.k.a. Minotauro is Brazilian mixed martial artist, reckoned best for his mastery in Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu. The former interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Minotauro is only one of the three fighters to have ever held the Pride Fighting Championship and UFC titles.
8. Benson Henderson:
Currently the UFC Lightweight Champion, Benson Henderson known majorly for him splendid mix of Muay Thai, Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a 29-year-old American mixed martial arts professional who has proven that he can beat any opponent flat in his weight category, and deserves to be in the ranking that he enjoys.
7. Cain Velasquez:
30-year-old Mexican-American mixed martial artist Cain Velasquez is a Ultimate Fighting Championship’s two-time and current Heavyweight champion. Ranked number on MMA UFC fighter presently, Velasquez having beaten some of the great UFC fighters like the Antonio Silva, Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos etc., surely deserves the position he currently sits in.
6. Johny Hendricks:
With his really pounding left hand punches, Johny Hendricks or Johny Harvey Handricks is a 29-year-old Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter who competes in the welterweight category and has risen to the rank of the welterweight champion. Ranked number one in the welterweight division by UFC.com, Hendricks is also an accomplished former colligate wrestler.
5. Georges St. Pierre:
Numerous MMA based publications have on various occasions have ranked Georges St. Pierre, the professional Canadian mixed martial artist, as number one fighter in the welterweight division. Currently the Welterweight Champion of the UFC, Georges St. Pierre also known as GSP to some is an expert in various fight forms including Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
4. Jose Aldo:
He looks like a kid, but don’t judge him by his looks. Jose Aldo is a 26-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist who’s the first and current Ultimate Fighting Championship champion in the Featherweight category. Ranked as number one Featherweight fighter in the world of UFC, Jose was adjudged the Fighter of the Year in 2009. Primarily a Muay Thai expert, Jose is also versed with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he has been really dominating in UFC and has a record of wining most of his fights by Knock Out.
3. Demetrious Johnson:
The 26-year-old American mixed martial artist Demetrious Khrisna Johnson or Demetrious Johnson is the current Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Flyweight Champion. Remembered best for his remarkable victories over Miguel Torres and John Dodson, the wrestling and pankration style specialist, Johnson is presently ranked number one in the Flyweight division by various MMA-based publications.
2. Jon Jones:
One of the brightest fighters in Ultimate Fighting Championship, Jon Jones or Jonathan Dwight “Jon” Jones, is also one of the youngest competitors. He isn’t just a competitor, the American mixed martial artist, Jon Jones a.k.a Bones is also the current UFC light Heavyweight champion, he in 2011 became the youngest UFC light heavyweight champion in UFC history. Bones has been ranked number one light heavyweight fighter by many publications.
1. Anderson Silva:
Referred to as one of the greatest mixed martial artist ever by many experts, Anderson Silva is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently holds the UFC Middleweight Championship title. Ranked as number one middleweight in the world by various publications over time, Silva is the longest reigning single champion with longest winning streak in UFC history.