The trailblazers for sure, but also very simply the guys you wouldn't want to bet against the night of a fight. It takes a special kind of athlete with a special kind of mindset to thrive in the cold environment of a steel cage.
Nobody did it better than these men. The first UFC heavyweight title fight ended in less than three minutes with a submission victory for 'The Hammer'. He won the UFC light heavyweight championship at the age of Feuds with rival Chuck Liddell and president Dana White became a focus of his story, but Ortiz was also an outstanding fighter.
His 27 UFC appearances remains a company record. One of the most influential figures in the history of martial arts. Gracie still holds the record for most UFC wins by submission with 11, and his record four victories in one night of work at UFC 2 will never fall. The first UFC light heavyweight champion known as middleweight champion at the time. Couture won the UFC heavyweight title just four fights into his professional career.
He fought 24 times inside the Octagon, with a record 15 of those being title fights. He remains the oldest athlete to hold a UFC title at The greatest lightweight of all time. Penn is one of the most recognisable UFC champions ever and widely regarded as perhaps the most naturally talented of them all. He is one of two men to win UFC titles in different weight classes. Credited for carrying the UFC into mainstream consciousness, Liddell amassed a spectacular highlight reel in the Octagon.
From to , he cemented his legacy, recording seven consecutive knockouts - five for the UFC title. A two-time welterweight champion with seven total defences, Hughes is currently tied with Georges St-Pierre as the all-time leader in UFC wins with He will forever be remembered as one of the promotion's most dominant champions.
He's defeated five former UFC titleholders, but the best is still to come for the year-old champion. It's a source of endless debate: The consensus ranking compiles our member lists, then updates in real time for up-to-the-minute information. Create YOUR own ranking today. As Tapology users create their own lists, the consensus rankings will update in real-time.
For All-Time Greatest Fighters, the most-recently updated member lists will be included. Tapology users submit their own lists which are combined into consensus rankings. Who's the greatest of all time? Updated about 15 hours ago It's a source of endless debate: Scheduled for Oct Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson Jon "Bones" Jones , 1 NC. Scheduled for Dec Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell Scheduled for Nov Dan "Hendo" Henderson Randy "The Natural" Couture Dominick "The Dominator" Cruz Scheduled for Oct 6.
Frankie "The Answer" Edgar