Famous American Martial Artists

Find out more about the greatest American Martial Artists, including Ronda Rousey, Brock Lesnar, Chuck Norris, Chris Weidman and Gina Carano.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris
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Famous As: Martial artist
Birthdate: March 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

A black belt in Tang Soo Do, Brazilian jiu jitsu and Judo, Chuck Norris is an American martial artist, screenwriter and a popular action film star. He has won many martial arts championships. He later founded his own discipline, Chun Kuk Do. He has also written books on martial arts, philosophy, politics, Christianity, plus Western novels and biography.

 2 William Zabka

William Zabka
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 3 Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner
Birthdate: April 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 4 Tyron Woodley

Tyron Woodley
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: April 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 5 Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier
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Famous As: Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: March 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 6 Jorge Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Boxer
Birthdate: November 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 7 Nick Diaz

Nick Diaz
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, Boxer, Aikidoka, Judoka, Karateka, Kickboxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: August 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 8 Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Podcaster, Promoter, Politician
Birthdate: April 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 9 Robbie Lawler

Robbie Lawler
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Karateka
Birthdate: March 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 10 Anthony Pettis

Anthony Pettis
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Taekwondo athlete
Birthdate: January 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 11 Chuck Liddell

Chuck Liddell
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer, Karateka
Birthdate: December 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 12 Randy Couture

Randy Couture
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Famous As: Film actor, Actor, Mixed martial artist, Military personnel
Birthdate: June 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 13 Urijah Faber

Urijah Faber
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: May 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 14 B.J. Penn

B.J. Penn
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Writer, Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner
Birthdate: December 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 15 Gina Carano

Gina Carano
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: April 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

A former mixed martial artist, Gina Carano went on to become an actress; she uses her martial arts skills to perform stunts in popular action movies. Before becoming an actress, she was quite popular in the MMA scene, being termed the face of women's MMA. In 2008, she was named in a Top 10 Influential Women list.

 16 Quinton Jackson

Quinton Jackson
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, Actor, Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer
Birthdate: June 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 17 Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

A multi-talented personality, Steven Seagal started his career as a martial artist; he is the first foreigner to run an aikido dojo in Japan. He then showcased his skills in many of his films. Also a skilled guitarist, Seagal has worked with legends like Stevie Wonder. A well-known animal rights activist and environmentalist, Seagal holds American, Russian, and Serbian citizenship.

 18 Kelvin Gastelum

Kelvin Gastelum
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: October 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 19 Donald Cerrone

Donald Cerrone
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer, Boxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: March 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 20 Frank Dux

Frank Dux
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Famous As: Sportsperson, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 21 Johnny Yong Bosch

Johnny Yong Bosch
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 22 Dan Henderson

Dan Henderson
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Famous As: Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: August 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 23 Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes
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Famous As: mixed martial artist
Birthdate: October 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 24 Tim Kennedy

Tim Kennedy
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Birthdate: September 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 25 Roy Nelson

Roy Nelson
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Famous As: mixed martial artist, screenwriter, boxer, karateka
Birthdate: June 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 26 Frank Mir

Frank Mir
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Karateka, Thai boxer
Birthdate: May 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 27 Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson
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Famous As: mixed martial artist, kickboxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: March 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 28 Johny Hendricks

Johny Hendricks
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Amateur wrestler
Birthdate: September 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 29 Shayna Baszler

Shayna Baszler
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: August 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Shayna Baszler is an American WWE wrestler and former WWE women's tag team champion. Before signing with WWE, Baszler was a mixed martial artist. She served as an important spokesperson in a movement, which was initiated to create an athletic commission for combat sports in South Dakota. A multi-talented personality, Shayna Baszler is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician.

 30 Benson Henderson

Benson Henderson
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Famous As: Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist, Taekwondo athlete
Birthdate: November 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 31 Rashad Evans

Rashad Evans
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: September 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 32 Carlos Condit

Carlos Condit
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer
Birthdate: April 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 33 Cat Zingano

Cat Zingano
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: July 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 34 Michelle Waterson

Michelle Waterson
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Model, Karateka
Birthdate: January 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 35 Uriah Hall

Uriah Hall
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Karateka, Kickboxer
Birthdate: July 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Jamaican, American

 36 Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Film actor, Television actor, Karateka
Birthdate: September 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese, American

 37 Eddie Bravo

Eddie Bravo
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 38 Will Yun Lee

Will Yun Lee
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 39 Josh Barnett

Josh Barnett
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, Mixed martial artist, Thai boxer
Birthdate: November 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 40 Cub Swanson

Cub Swanson
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: November 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 41 Joseph Benavidez

Joseph Benavidez
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: July 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 42 Bruce Buffer

Bruce Buffer
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Famous As: Announcer, Kickboxer
Birthdate: May 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 43 Jason Miller

Jason Miller
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Famous As: television presenter, mixed martial artist, taekwondo athlete
Birthdate: December 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 44 Forrest Griffin

Forrest Griffin
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: July 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 45 Wong Jack Man

Wong Jack Man
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Famous As: martial artist
Birthdate: 1941 AD
Nationality: American

 46 Austin St. John

Austin St. John
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 47 Matt Serra

Matt Serra
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: June 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 48 Clay Guida

Clay Guida
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Carpenter
Birthdate: December 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 49 Dan Severn

Dan Severn
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, Judoka, Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: June 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 50 Ben Rothwell

Ben Rothwell
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer
Birthdate: October 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American