THE world of MMA has been put in stasis because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is a super time to take inventory and take a look at the perfect fighters to have ever graced the game.

 Jon Jones (left), Amanda Nunes and (inset) Conor McGregor

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Jon Jones (left), Amanda Nunes and (inset) Conor McGregor

However our professional had no room for Conor McGregor, arguably probably the most well-known UFC fighter of all time.

This is SunSport high ten MMA fighters of all time – and why.

10. CHUCK LIDDELL

UFC Corridor of Famer, Liddell paved the best way for future generations of MMA stars.

The previous champion was a cultural phenomenon that performed a serious function within the UFC’s early success.

His rise to stardom culminated at UFC 47 in 2004 in opposition to Tito Ortiz, which was the largest struggle the UFC had seen.

 Chuck Liddell celebrates beating Tito Ortiz in 2004

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Chuck Liddell celebrates beating Tito Ortiz in 2004Credit score: Getty – Contributor

He completed his rival in underneath 40 seconds of the second spherical and have become the primary individual to knock out Ortiz throughout a struggle.

The win marked the beginning of a legendary run for Liddell whose affect on the game makes him the most effective MMA fighters ever.

9. RANDY COUTURE

UFC juggernaut Couture is credited for serving to carry MMA into mainstream sports activities.

Regardless of having a peppered report of wins and losses (19-11) the UFC veteran was one of many first wrestlers to make a mark within the sport.

The 56-year outdated was a three-time heavyweight and two-time mild heavyweight champion.

 Randy Couture on top of James Toney in 2010

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Randy Couture on high of James Toney in 2010Credit score: Getty – Contributor

From Chuck Liddell to Tito Ortiz, Kevin Randleman to Brandon Vera, Couture has challenged lots of the MMA greats.

Over the course of his 14-year profession, ‘the pure’ has set many data and outlined what it means to be a high fighter on the earth of MMA.

8. AMANDA NUNES

The 2-division champion, Nunes has unrivalled dominance in girls’s MMA.

Over the course of her 13-fight UFC profession, “The Lioness” has overwhelmed each girl to carry championship gold within the bantamweight and featherweight divisions.

She bulldozed her well past MMA superstars, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Germaine de Randamie, Holly Holm and Cris Cyborg.

 Amanada Nunes knocks out Holly Holm in July 2019

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Amanada Nunes knocks out Holly Holm in July 2019Credit score: Getty Photographs – Getty

Not solely did she defeat all 5 former champions, however she has completed all of them within the first spherical.

This earned Nunes “the best feminine fighter of all time” title, in response to UFC president, Dana White.

7. KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV

Since claiming the light-weight title in 2018 in opposition to Al Iaquinta, “The Eagle” has earned his place among the many best fighters in MMA historical past.

At UFC 229 in his first title defence, Nurmagomedov made historical past in opposition to his arch-nemesis, Conor McGregor.

He used his trademark grappling abilities to submit “The Infamous” and went on to defeat Dustin Poirier similarly a 12 months later.

 Khabib Nurmagomedov fights Gleison Tibau in 2012

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Khabib Nurmagomedov fights Gleison Tibau in 2012Credit score: Getty Photographs – Getty

Regardless of racking up an undefeated 28-Zero report, the 31-year outdated has solely defended his light-weight belt twice.

Resulting from Covid-19 journey restrictions, the champion was compelled to withdraw from his eagerly anticipated bout in opposition to Tony Ferguson, who as an alternative misplaced to Justin Gaethje final month at UFC 249.

Nurmagomedov might want to face off in opposition to different top-ranked fighters to construct his repute because the MMA king.

6. DANIEL CORMIER

Earlier than changing into an MMA star, Cormier was an Olympic wrestler and crew captain for the US 2008 squad.

His wrestling expertise served him effectively as “DC” made his MMA debut in 2009 and tallied 15 back-to-back wins.

He has achieved a near-faultless report within the UFC and has defeated a number of knock-out artists reminiscent of Derrick Lewis and Anthony Johnson.

 Daniel Cormier punches Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 in 2015

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Daniel Cormier punches Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 in 2015Credit score: Zuffa LLC – Getty

The 41-year outdated turned one of many UFC’s solely two-division champions as he held the heavyweight and lightweight heavyweight titles concurrently.

Nonetheless, his profession took a flip for the more severe in his final octagon look in opposition to Stipe Miocic.

Cormier first beat Miocic by first-round KO in 2018 at UFC 226, however went on to lose their rematch by fourth-round TKO a 12 months later.

A trilogy bout is anticipated to happen some level sooner or later and can decide who’s the heavyweight king as soon as and for all.

5. DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON

The previous inaugural flyweight champion, Johnson set the gold commonplace within the UFC males’s lightest division.

The 33-year outdated claimed the 125-pound title in 2012 in opposition to Joseph Benavidez and efficiently defended his title a whopping 11 instances.

He was extensively thought-about the primary pound-for-pound fighter on the earth up till his 2018 loss to Henry Cejudo.

 Demetrious Johnson kicks out at Ray Borg in 2017

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Demetrious Johnson kicks out at Ray Borg in 2017Credit score: Getty – Contributor

The previous champ misplaced by break up choice and followers had been divided over which fighter carried out higher.

Even Cejudo lately named his former opponent “Mighty Mouse” as the best fighter of all time.

Johnson ultimately parted methods with the UFC however continues to claim dominance throughout the pond at ONE Championship.

4. FEDOR EMELIANENKO

Emelianenko was an unstoppable power within the early days of MMA and has lengthy been within the dialog as the most effective.

‘The Final Emperor” made his skilled debut in 2000 and he didn’t lose a struggle for the next 9 years.

In that point, the heavyweight titan used his submission abilities and knock-out energy to rack up 27 wins.

 Fedor Emelianenko strikes Dan Henderson in 2011

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Fedor Emelianenko strikes Dan Henderson in 2011Credit score: Getty Photographs – Getty

The Russian athlete has received accolades in a number of fight sports activities and was dubbed the best MMA fighter of the last decade by Sports activities Illustrated.

His blockbuster bout in opposition to Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ at PRIDE FC earned him the repute as probably the most feared opponents in MMA.

3. ANDERSON SILVA

Anderson Silva is an MMA legend who has gone to battle in opposition to the hardest opponents within the middleweight division.

“Spider” fought high prospects reminiscent of James Irvin, Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar and tallied a record-breaking 16-fight win streak.
He additionally secured ten profitable title defences for seven years which earned him the longest title reign in UFC historical past.

 Anderson Silva takes on Michael Bisping in London in 2016

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Anderson Silva takes on Michael Bisping in London in 2016Credit score: Getty – Contributor

The 45-year outdated’s masterful placing and knockout finishes earned him a number of ‘struggle of the night time’ and ‘fighter of the 12 months’ distinctions.

Nonetheless, doping violations for steroid use and consecutive losses in direction of the tip of his profession have solid a shadow over an in any other case phenomenal report.

2. GEORGES ST-PIERRE

The Canadian athlete is usually dubbed the best MMA fighter of all time, and for good purpose.

The fan favorite turned a two-division champion in each the middleweight and welterweight divisions.

He has constructed a formidable resume (26-2) within the sport, defeating UFC legends reminiscent of Michael Bisping and BJ Penn.

His solely two losses had been in opposition to Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, however “GSP” bounced again in each rematches and proved to be the higher fighter.

 Georges St-Pierre is cut during a clash with Michael Bisping

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Georges St-Pierre is lower throughout a conflict with Michael BispingCredit score: Getty Photographs – Getty

St-Pierre additionally proved to be a person of integrity, as he has by no means skilled a doping violation all through his 15-year profession.

He held the report for probably the most title wins and held 13 consecutive victories earlier than deciding to stop while he was forward.

St-Pierre hung up his MMA gloves for good in 2019 and cemented his place as one of many world’s high MMA fighters.

1. JON JONES

Jones is the undisputed mild heavyweight champion and extensively regarded Biggest Of All Time.

His quick and livid rise to stardom passed off in 2003 when he beat Mauricio “Shogun” Rua by TKO to turn out to be the youngest UFC champion.

“Bones” has proven unparalleled talent repeatedly in opposition to the likes of Daniel Cormier, Chael Sonnen and Lyoto Machida.

The 32-year outdated has achieved knowledgeable 26-1 report, in truth his solely loss was as a consequence of an unlawful elbow disqualification in 2019.

His legacy throughout the sport has been put into query, particularly following his final struggle in opposition to Dominick Reyes earlier this 12 months.

 Jon Jones, red trunks, in his fight with Daniel Cormier in 2015

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Jon Jones, crimson trunks, in his struggle with Daniel Cormier in 2015Credit score: Getty Photographs – Getty

Jones received by unanimous choice, however many followers had been shocked on the judges’ ruling and felt his opponent ought to have received.

Along with rising tensions with the UFC and Dana White over a doable Francis Ngannou struggle, Jones introduced his choice to vacate the sunshine heavyweight throne earlier this month.

Different controversies which have tainted Jones’ profession embrace a number of arrests and doping violations.

Nonetheless, his plain preventing skill and observe report have stood the check of time, making Jones the most effective MMA fighters ever.

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