Top 5 choices for the greatest UFC fighter of all time
As humans, we are always obsessed with superlatives. And when it comes to Mixed Martial Arts, this obsession goes to a different level altogether. We love to talk and debate about superlatives in the sport and the most common discussion revolves around the best fighters of all time.
Even though MMA is a young sport, a long list of names is usually thrown into such debates and to pinpoint one particular fighter as the greatest is impossible. Despite this, we can always list out a few names that feature in almost all of the debates.
Even after this, the fighter pool will be large so in order to narrow it down further, we are only going to take the UFC into consideration. That being said, here are our top 5 choices for the greatest UFC fighter of all time.
Honourable Mention: Conor McGregor
The inclusion of Conor McGregor in this list might surprise some but considering the mainstream attention he managed to create for the sport, McGregor at least deserves an honourable mention.
He is a former champion in two UFC weight classes and that itself is an achievement that many fighters cannot boast about. Along with this, all of McGregor’s recent fights were pay-per-view record breakers. The McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov fight was in a different league altogether in terms of revenue generated and it shows how much McGregor can draw.
When taking money into consideration, McGregor clearly has the highest net worth among MMA fighters and he has indeed done some hard work to reach such a position.
#5 Daniel Cormier
Daniel Cormier is one of the best UFC fighters out there. The only reason you might have a second thought about this statement is because of the defeat that Cormier suffered against Jon ‘Bones’ Jones. In fact, that is the only recorded loss in Daniel Cormier’s decade long career.
He currently holds a professional record of 22-1 to his name and has fought some big names like Anderson Silva, Stipe Miocic, Roy Nelson, Dan Henderson and Josh Barnett among others.
Cormier also won the titles in the Light Heavyweight division and the Heavyweight division which in turn made him the second simultaneous multi-division champion. Cormier is also the first and only fighter to successfully defend titles in two different UFC weight classes.
But all these achievements are often overlooked because of the rivalry that Cormier has with Jon Jones. At the end of the day, when Cormier hangs up his gloves, he should be remembered for what he did inside the Octagon rather than how he fought against Jon Jones.