List and biographies of world's most famous martial artists.

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Martial artists are the individuals who practice any formal system of combat as a means of self-defense, for achieving better fitness and health or for mental and spiritual development. Martial artists also take part in competitions where they showcase their expertise in specific combat forms. The history of martial arts is an ancient one, various forms of martial arts originated in Egypt and China more than 4,000 years ago. In Europe, the earliest recorded account of martial arts originated in Greece. Even though martial arts have been around for centuries, it was only during the mid to late 19th century that they began to emerge as modern sports. Some of the most popular forms of martial arts are judo, karate, kendo, boxing and fencing. A true martial artist is a warrior who practices combat as an art. Martial artists need to possess a high degree of physical stamina and endurance along with mental agility, discipline, self-confidence and perseverance. A good martial artist is well aware of the history, traditions and values of the art he practices as they might be required to disseminate this knowledge to others. This section provides you information about the life and works of various famous martial artists from all over the world.

Daniel CormierDaniel Cormier
(American)
Alexander GustafssonAlexander Gustafsson
(Swedish)

Chuck LiddellChuck Liddell
(American)
Nate DiazNate Diaz
(American)
Donald CerroneDonald Cerrone
(American)

Chael SonnenChael Sonnen
(American)
Michael BispingMichael Bisping
(British)
Anthony PettisAnthony Pettis
(American)

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Chris WeidmanChris Weidman
(American)
Tyron WoodleyTyron Woodley
(American)
Donnie YenDonnie Yen
(Chinese)

B.J. PennB.J. Penn
(American)
Nick DiazNick Diaz
(American)
Alistair OvereemAlistair Overeem
(British)

Michelle WatersonMichelle Waterson
(American)
Mark HuntMark Hunt
(New Zealander)
Randy CoutureRandy Couture
(American)

Scott AdkinsScott Adkins
(British)
Eddie AlvarezEddie Alvarez
(American)
Travis BrowneTravis Browne
(American)

Quinton JacksonQuinton Jackson
(American)
Royce GracieRoyce Gracie
(Brazilian)
Lyoto MachidaLyoto Machida
(Brazilian)

Junior dos SantosJunior dos Santos
(Brazilian)
Cat ZinganoCat Zingano
(American)
Jim KellyJim Kelly
(Australian,American)

Carlos ConditCarlos Condit
(American)
Kelvin GastelumKelvin Gastelum
(American)
Robbie LawlerRobbie Lawler
(American)

Frank MirFrank Mir
(American)
Frankie EdgarFrankie Edgar
(American)
Eddie BravoEddie Bravo
(American)

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Matt MitrioneMatt Mitrione
(American)
Vitor BelfortVitor Belfort
(Brazilian)
Maurício RuaMaurício Rua
(Brazilian)

Wanderlei SilvaWanderlei Silva
(Brazilian)
Brandon VeraBrandon Vera
(American)
Benson HendersonBenson Henderson
(American)

Cary-Hiroyuki TagawaCary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
(Japanese,American)
War MachineWar Machine
(American)
Dan HendersonDan Henderson
(American)

Uriah HallUriah Hall
(Jamaican,American)
Frank DuxFrank Dux
(American)
Bolo YeungBolo Yeung

Matt HamillMatt Hamill
(American)
Urijah FaberUrijah Faber
(American)
Bas RuttenBas Rutten

Thiago SilvaThiago Silva
(Brazilian)
Bruce BufferBruce Buffer
(American)
Rashad EvansRashad Evans
(American)

Jeremy StephensJeremy Stephens
(American)
Johny HendricksJohny Hendricks
(American)
Evangelista SantosEvangelista Santos
(Brazilian)

Rickson GracieRickson Gracie
(Brazilian)
Jorge MasvidalJorge Masvidal
(American)
Forrest GriffinForrest Griffin
(American)

Tank AbbottTank Abbott
(American)
Matt SerraMatt Serra
(American)
Hélio GracieHélio Gracie
(Brazilian)

Gray MaynardGray Maynard
(American)
Cub SwansonCub Swanson
(American)
Dan SevernDan Severn
(American)

Callan McAuliffeCallan McAuliffe
(Australian)
Joseph BenavidezJoseph Benavidez
(American)
Cheick KongoCheick Kongo
(French)

Rener GracieRener Gracie
(American)
Renzo GracieRenzo Gracie
(Brazilian)
Josh BarnettJosh Barnett
(American)

Frank ShamrockFrank Shamrock
(American)
The Great GamaThe Great Gama
(Pakistani)
Rich FranklinRich Franklin
(American)

Jake ShieldsJake Shields
(American)
Yoshihiro AkiyamaYoshihiro Akiyama
(Japanese)
Antônio Rodrigo NogueiraAntônio Rodrigo Nogueira
(Brazilian)

Antonio InokiAntonio Inoki
(Japanese)
Roger GracieRoger Gracie
(Brazilian)
Ip ChunIp Chun

Stefan StruveStefan Struve
Don FryeDon Frye
(American)
Sergei KharitonovSergei Kharitonov
(Russian)

Mark ColemanMark Coleman
(American)
Stephan BonnarStephan Bonnar
(American)
Ramon DekkersRamon Dekkers

Cung LeCung Le
(American,Vietnamese)
Keith JardineKeith Jardine
(American)
Cynthia RothrockCynthia Rothrock
(American)